Doctorate of Education

Creating Scholar Leaders in Education

College of Education

Location: Lincoln, Omaha

Degree Type: Graduate

Doane University's Doctorate of Education (EdD) prepares scholar leaders by developing the highly specialized knowledge and skills required of modern educational leaders. This practitioner's degree has an added focus on research and its applications. 

EdD graduates develop the capacity to make an impact in their professional and personal roles in the communities they serve. Graduates gain expertise, knowledge, skills and disposition to continuously engage in issues of policy, program and practice. This degree is for anyone seeking a degree as a capstone of their preparation to be an educational leader.

Program Requirements

Doane's EdD includes 57 hours of post-graduate level coursework, seminars and stand-alone courses, culminating in a dissertation. The 30 core hours of EdD coursework are in a sequenced cadre format, similar to the Education Specialist program. We recommended your 27 post-master's specialization courses be complete before beginning core classes, but arrangements may be made for this coursework to be taken concurrently with core courses. If taken before the completion of the original master's degree, we do not count elective coursework.

Courses

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EdD Core:

EDU 905 - Professional Learning Community I (3)

EDU 915 - Professional Learning Community II (3)

EDU 925 - Professional Learning Community III (3)

EDU 945 - Qualitative Research Design (3)

EDU 950 - Quantitative Research Design (3)

EDU 985 - Dissertation (1-12)

EDU 935 - Advanced Mixed Methodology Research (3) or

EDU 946 - Advanced Qualitative Research (3) or

EDU 951 - Advanced Quantitative Research (3)

 

Leadership Emphasis:

ESD 705 - Issues in Leadership (3)

ESD 710 - School Districts as Organizations (3)

ESD 715 - School-Community Communications (3)

ESD 725 - Politics and Policy Leadership (3)

ESD 820 - Leading and Responding to Change (3)

ESD 910 - Ethics of Leadership (3)

 

Electives: 9 credit hours at the 600 level or beyond

Community & Cultures Emphasis:

ECC 705 - Introduction to Culture and Community (3)

ECC 710 - Systems as Organizations (3)

ECC 715 - Communication (3)

ECC 730 - Policy & Political Leadership (3)

ECC 790 - Immersion Preparation (0)

ECC 795 - Immersion Experience (3)

ECC 820 - Leading & Responding to Change (3)

 

Electives: 9 credit hours

ECC 922 - Geographic History of Education (3)

ECC 930 - Culture and Curriculum (3)

ECC 933 - Creating Partnerships (3)

ECC 998 - Independent Study in URG (3)

EDU 930 - Survey Methodology (3)

EDU 955 - Academic and Professional Writing (3)

or other 600+ level graduate courses

 

Community & Culture Certificate: 21 credit hours

ECC 705 - Introduction to Culture and Community (3)

ECC 710 - Systems as Organizations (3)

ECC 715 - Communication (3)

ECC 820 - Leading & Responding to Change (3)

ECC 922 - Geographic History of Education (3)

ECC 930 - Culture and Curriculum (3)

ECC 933 - Creating Partnerships (3) and/or

ECC 998 - Independent Study in URG (3)

Faculty & Staff

Cate Sommervold

Cate Sommervold

Associate Professor

Doctorate of Education (EdD)

cate.sommervold@doane.edu

Doug Christensen

Doug Christensen

Professor of Practice

Master of Education (EdL)

doug.christensen@doane.edu

Marilyn Johnson-Farr

Marilyn Johnson Farr

Professor

Education

marilyn.johnsonfarr@doane.edu

Tim Frey

Tim Frey

Dean of College of Education

Academic Affairs Office

timothy.frey@doane.edu

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Community & Culture Emphasis

Based in Omaha, the community and culture emphasis prepares students to identify, communicate and understand the nuances of rural, urban or global community organizations. C&C is designed for students with a background in education, as well as students with interest in non-profit work, community development, government, management and counseling. A culminating immersion experience will let students observe and participate in a rural, urban or global location to develop the application of practical skills. This 57-credit hour program includes a 27-hour specialization in community and culture, an 18-hour doctoral core, and 12 dissertation credits.

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Leadership Emphasis

Based in Lincoln, the leadership emphasis prepares students for roles as academic leaders who use, analyze and produce data that helps inform decisions and practices. This program is a seamless continuation of Doane's Education Specialist degree (EdS), but available to students from outside institutions as well. This 57-credit hour program includes a 27-hour specialization in leadership, an 18-hour doctoral core, and 12 dissertation credits.

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