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Map to Your Doctoral Degree

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS | COURSE DESCRIPTIONS | ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Completing Your Doctoral Degree in Three Years or Less

Devoted to theory, research and practice in the community, the courses in the Ed.D. program at Point Park University prepare you to identify, analyze and apply the essential elements of leadership and administration.

The 54-credit doctoral program schedule is organized into three blocks:

  • Block 1: Choice of Professional Leadership, Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility, K-12 Administration or Individualized Concentration track (up to 18 credits may be transferred into the individualized track pending approval of the program director; if fewer than 18 credits are transferred, the remainder of courses needed will be selected from the Professional Leadership/Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility track by the program director);
  • Block 2: Theory and Research core courses; and
  • Block 3: Dissertation courses.

Block 1: Choose from one of three tracks


Professional Leadership and Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility Concentrations

Fall 1 EDUC 720 The Art and Science of Authenticity in Leadership One night per week for eight weeks
Fall 2 EDUC 721 The Art and Science of Visionary Leadership (same)
Spring 1 EDUC 722 The Art and Science of Cultural/Relational Leadership (same)
Spring 2 EDUC 723 The Art and Science of Quality/Capacity Leadership (same)
Summer 1 EDUC 724 The Art and Science of Systems and Service Leadership (same)
Summer 2 EDUC 725 The Art and Science of Communication in Leadership (same)


K-12 Administration Concentration

Fall 1 EDUC 745 The Principalship One night per week for eight weeks
Fall 2 EDUC 738 Educational Administration (same)
Spring 1 EDUC 749 Applied Research in School Administration I (same)
Spring 2 EDUC 746 Curriculum and Supervision Leadership (same)
Summer 1 EDUC 750 Applied Research in School Administration II (same)
Summer 2 SPED 734 Differentiated Instructional Practices (same)


Individualized Concentration

Transfer in up to 18 post-master’s credits pending approval of the program director; remaining courses needed will be selected by the program director.

Block 2: Theory and Research Core Courses

Fall 1 EDUC 710 Theory and Practice of Leadership One night per week for eight weeks
Fall 2 EDUC 711 Mitigating Differences (same)
Spring 1 EDUC 712 Cultivating Ethical Diversity (same)
Spring 2 EDUC 713 Organizational Development (same)
Summer 1 EDUC 714 Research I: Quantitative (same)
Summer 2 EDUC 715 Research II: Qualitative (same)


Block 3: Dissertation Courses

Fall 1 EDUC 740 Introduction to Research Writing One night per week for eight weeks
Fall 2 EDUC 741 Dissertation Seminar (same)
Spring 1 EDUC 744 Comprehensive Presentation (same)
Spring 2 EDUC 751 Dissertation Writing I Independent
Summer 1 EDUC 752 Dissertation Writing II (same)
Summer 2 EDUC 753 Dissertation Writing III (same)

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