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EDD Course Proposals - 2006/2007



New Courses

EDD 600 - Transformational Leadership

Justification: The ongoing growth in the size and diversity of the K-14 student population has caused a corresponding need for the reconfiguration of schools and the hiring of more administrators to lead schools and community colleges.  The need in developing a transformation leader is of critical importance in increasing the educational outcomes of all students and meeting the demands of a dynamic student population.

Description: This course is designed to engage students in understanding, implementing, and evaluating strategic leadership practices based on various theories, models, and approaches for achieving organizational transformation. Students will become skilled facilitators of the organizational transformation process by initiating, implementing, sustaining, and evaluating transformation/change efforts. Students will build a solid foundation through the integration of theory and practice in order to implement a planned change process in their home institution.

EDD 601 - Organizational Leadership

Justification: A major part of school leadership involves meeting the changing needs of K-16 constituents. Educational leaders must understand leadership approaches to the change process by developing skills to facilitate organizational change, including: understanding political dynamics, strategic processes, coalition building, and conflict mediation.

Description: This course builds and expands on candidates’ knowledge of systems thinking, personal and organizational behaviors, and leadership approaches to the change process. Candidates will demonstrate ethical thinking and action in organizational settings by re-conceptualizing leadership roles and organizational structures.  In coursework and related fieldwork components students will apply concepts and theories to improving their respective educational institutions. Among the interactive pedagogies used in this course are: case studies, experiential exercises, dialogue and group activities.

EDD 602 - Policy & Practice for Educational Leaders I

Justification: National, state, and local policy have increasingly focused attention on improving the educational attainment of the populace.  Educational leaders must be more skillful in understanding and analyzing the impact policymakers have on school systems and must, themselves, become effective implementers of educational policy.

Description: This course develops in students the skills for informed analysis of educational policy in order to positively influence the educational policy in the K-12 or community college setting.  In addition to studying the historical perspectives pertaining to educational policy, practice, and reform, students will investigate the mission of public education.  Students will also study governance and inter-governmental relations through contemporary policy development with particular reference to current law, local board policy, shared governance, and working with a variety of constituencies.

EDD 603 - Policy and Practice for Educational Leaders II

Justification: Increased attention by national, state, and local policymakers on improving the educational attainment of the populace is placing new pressures on education systems.  Educational leaders must be more skillful in analysis of policies impacting education systems in order to effectively respond, defend, and implement education policy.

Description: This seminar is designed to engage students in critical analyses of policy at the local, state, national, and international levels.  Specific California and federal policy environment structures and processes will be examined.  Students will learn about how public policy is generated, potential consequences, ethical dilemmas, social justice, and equity issues. 

EDD 604 - Data-based Decision Making in Educational Leadership

Justification: More and more data is being mandated by national and/or state policy regarding the learning outcomes of schools and colleges.  Educational leaders must become more skillful in the collection and use of data to make decisions regarding instructional programs and services more effective and successful.

Description: This course studies the use of quantitative and qualitative data by K-12 and community college leaders to improve student and organizational outcomes.  Students will develop enhanced data literacy and analytical skills to facilitate data-based decision making in the identification of problems and development of solutions and evaluation plans.  General concepts and techniques of data analysis, generation, and presentation will be learned with specific application to educational issues including program assessment and evaluation, resource planning and allocation, and strategic planning.   

EDD 605 - Quantitative & Qualitative Research Methods I

Justification: Doctoral candidates must be grounded in research methodology in order to understand research and complete their independent research.  Basic understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods is the first step in building the candidate’s abilities to comprehend research studies and conduct independent research.   

Description: The course will focus on the design, conceptualization, interpretation, and application of qualitative, quantitative, and mix-method research procedures.  This course will also help students acquire skills and gain knowledge in using a wide range of methodological and analytical research techniques with an eye towards students’ dissertation projects and field application in educational leadership.

EDD 606 - Quantitative & Qualitative Research Methods II

Justification: Doctoral candidates must be grounded in research methodology in order to understand research and complete their independent research.  Enhanced understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods is the next step in solidifying the candidate’s abilities to comprehend research studies and conduct independent research.     

Description: This course will introduce educational leaders to concepts in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods research in preparation for conducting independent research.  This course will enable students to critically understand research methodology and apply it appropriately to various educational issues. Course topics will include the framing of research questions, identifying data and data sources, and using theory in the design process.  This course will enable educational leaders to critically understand research methodology and apply it appropriately and effectively to educational issues.

EDD 607 - Community and Communication in Educational Leadership

Justification: For the Independent Doctoral Program:  Communication skills are critically important for educational leaders.  These include written and verbal skills for specific contexts including strategic planning, working with mass media, and the use of technology.    

Description: This course presents theories and frameworks concerning organizational, interpersonal, and cross-cultural communication in educational and community contexts.  The coursework includes developing written and verbal skills for specific contexts, including strategic planning, evaluation, presentations, formal and informal texts, technology, crisis management, and public relations.  Through research and practical application, the course will enhance communication skills needed for creating inclusive systems and positive results for all stake-holders.

EDD 608 - Diversity and Equity in Complex Organizations

Justification: California’s population as well as that of the nation is becoming more diverse across a variety of characteristics.  Educational leaders must be cognizant, sensitive, and responsive to the different constituency groups evident in the schools and colleges

Description: This course is design to engage students in self introspection of awareness and advocacy in applying theoretical frameworks and research to promote equitable, excellence in schooling. Students will demonstrate the ability to develop cross-cultural relationships across multiple constituents for the purpose of improving student performance and promoting social justice. Students will develop the capacity to be courageous change agents in assuring academic excellence for all students.

EDD 609 - Human Resource Management for Educational Leaders

Justification:There is a growing realization, supported by the research of high performance organizations, that the effective utilization of human resources can strengthen educational goals and outcomes. Effectively applying human resource management strategies and building a leader’s human resource managerial capabilities and skills can enhance k-12 schools and community college performance.

Description: This course examines how to manage human resources effectively in the dynamic legal, social, and economic environment currently impacting educational institutions. Among the topics included are: formulation and implementation of human resource strategy, job analysis, methods of recruitment and selection, techniques for training and development, performance appraisal, compensation and benefits, and the evaluation of the effectiveness of human resource management frameworks and practices. Class participants will be expected to demonstrate understanding of Human Resource Management (HRM) competencies through assignments, exercises and case analyses.

EDD 610 - Curriculum and Instruction Issues for Educational Leaders

Justification:Educational leaders must demonstrate a sound understanding of the teaching and learning process in order to promote effective school achievement. In addition, educational leaders must have demonstrated comprehension of curriculum and corresponding issues across a vast array of disciplines.

Description: This course presents curriculum and instruction from a leadership perspective within the contexts of K-12 schools and community colleges.  Students examine contemporary issues in school curriculum, including policy initiatives and reform efforts affecting curricular decision-making.  The course prepares students to analyze and design appropriate strategies for implementing and evaluating district and school curricula and to investigate the implications of curricula for educational programming.  Students also learn specific foundations and procedures for professional development that have well-documented effects on student achievement.

EDD 611 - Legal Issues for Educational Leaders

Justification: Educational leaders at the highest levels of influence and responsibility must be thoroughly familiar with both the laws that govern their educational institutions as well as the complex political, legislative, and cultural forces that shape these laws. A major emphasis in this joint doctoral program is also on influencing the legislative and policy formation process towards positive educational change. Educational leaders must also understand how federal, state and local, laws, policies, practices, case law, and precedent all interact in today’s educational institutions.

Description: This course examines key legal issues that govern daily and long-range decisions of educational leaders.  The course focuses on understanding California and federal codes, case law, policies, and significant precedent and will emphasize analysis of key legal concepts and application of law to major areas including finance, personnel, risk management, curriculum, student services, teacher rights, torts, student rights, and access.  The course also examines trends in law and the initiation and influence of educational law to positively influence educational institutions. 

EDD 612 - Student Services in Education

Justification: There is a need to provide students with both the practical and theoretical student affairs perspectives necessary to enable them to build a sense of vision to lead the profession of student affairs and to meet the needs of the “whole student.”


This course will provide a comprehensive insight into the student services. It addresses both practical and theoretical perspectives intended to build a sense of vision and passion to transform the profession of student affairs and leadership. In particular, the course examines four distinct arenas: 1) historical and philosophical foundations of student affairs and leadership 2) management and organizational issues, 3) essential skills and professional development in building an equitable organization, and 4) the synthesis of practice and theory

EDD 613 - Finance and Budget for Educational Leaders

Justification: Constant challenges to revenue streams for schools and colleges confront school leaders. Understanding funding mechanisms and governmental mandates is essential to the operation of fiscally sound and responsible education systems.

Description: This seminar analyzes two related topics with respect to public educational institutions:  funding and internal budget management.  The course provides a state and national overview of the economics and finance of K-12 and higher education, including private and public benefits of education, methods of financing public education, and contemporary policy issues regarding school and college finances.  The course will also focus on how educational leaders can most effectively manage resources to further the vision, goals, and philosophy of the organization. 

EDD 614 - Issues in Educational Leadership: Synthesis and Application

Justification: For the Independent Doctorate:  Students need to be prepared for their qualifying exams and they need to pass this exam in order to advance to the proposal writing stage.  Learning to synthesize the content learned over the course of the program and applying that knowledge is critical and preparatory to the qualifying examination.  The rationale for the course is two fold:  1) to prepare the students for their qualifying exams, and 2) to integrate proposal preparation into the coursework. The teams will work with each other in a format that builds upon prior knowledge and increases leadership potential.

Description: This problem based seminar integrates the three themes of the program.  The seminar includes conducting a review of the literature that will later be integrated into the candidates’ proposal.  In addition, each student will study and select theoretical frame/s that supports their doctoral topic.  Students will also work in teams formed by research interests.  They will present findings to classmates in forums that they facilitate and they will critique each other’s work.

EDD 615 - Dissertation Proposal Seminar

Justification: The dissertation proposal seminar format is a powerful source of motivation and method of identifying and supporting individuals who are experiencing their own dissertation journey. Some of the most effective support groups are those that individuals create to avoid the isolation, loneliness and sense of overwhelm, and to maintain the necessary focus to sustain themselves.

Description: This course provides faculty and peer guidance in preparation of material to develop the dissertation proposal. Students will be guided in the clarification of dissertation topic, familiarization with relevant literature, and the development of a sound methodology.  Students will learn how to critically analyze and provide constructive criticism to key research components proposed by others. At the end of the course, students are expected to complete the first three chapters of their dissertation in anticipation of their dissertation defense.

EDD 616 - Dissertation I

Justification: In order to earn the Ed. D. students must successfully complete 12 units of dissertation study. This course fulfils the first half of the requirement.

Description: Each candidate will work with a dissertation advisor (dissertation committee chair) to conduct independent research leading to the completion of a dissertation.  Twelve units of dissertation study will be required for completion of the program.

EDD 617 - Dissertation II

Justification: In order to earn the Ed. D., students must successfully complete 12 units of dissertation study. This course fulfills second half of the unit requirement.

Description: Each candidate will work with a dissertation advisor (dissertation committee chair) to conduct independent research leading to the completion of a dissertation.  Twelve units of dissertation study will be required for completion of the program.

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