University of Louisville

Signature Pedagogy: 

The University of Louisville’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D) program is a cohort-based, face-to-face, 3-year (minimum) program of study. The Ed.D. program develops and supports a community of ethical, reflective practitioner-scholars as social justice advocates and transformative community change agents through inquiry, action, and advocacy. Students cumulatively build expertise on their selected problems of practice through a balance of coursework in educational leadership, policy, organizational theory and research methods, including a 3-course sequence of seminars that focus on literature review, proposal development, and researcher positionality. Throughout the experience, Ed.D. students at the University of Louisville are given opportunities to network professionally and socially with research faculty and practitioners from laboratories of practice. The culminating research project may take the form of a dissertation or capstone. Our graduates keep research “off the shelf” by presenting at national research conferences (e.g. AERA, CPED, UCEA) and in their local communities.


Program Description: 

The University of Louisville’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D) program is a 3-year (minimum) program of study consisting of 60 post-master’s graduate hours (33 in educational leadership, policy, and organizational theory; 27 in research methods and capstone/dissertation hours). 

Laboratories of Practice: 

Jefferson County Public School (Louisville)
Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (OVEC) Member Districts


Capstone: 
Ed.D. students at the University of Louisville have two options for the production of research:
  
1. A standard dissertation authored by a single doctoral student; or 
2. A capstone project consisting of 2-3 doctoral students who answer distinct research question(s) around a shared theme or topic.  The capstone consists of a jointly-authored introduction, which introduces the broad theme that ties the individually-authored studies together. Each individually-authored study consists of its own introduction, literature review, methods, analysis, and discussion.  The capstone concludes with a jointly-authored implications for practice, policy, and future research.  


Name of CPED-Influenced Program: 
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership & Organizational Development (P-12)


Description of each year of the Program: 

·  Year 1 (fall, spring, summer): Coursework consisting of combination of educational leadership, policy, organizational theory and research methods.

·  Year 2 (fall, spring, summer): Coursework consisting of combination of educational leadership, policy, organizational theory and research methods. Comprehensive examination administered in spring of second year.

·  Year 3 (fall, spring, summer): Coursework continues with research methods electives, and a 3-course sequence of seminars focusing on literature review, proposal development, and an exploration of researcher positionality. Year 3 closes with capstone/dissertation hours and the successful defense of the culminating research study.  


Key Contact Person: 
Dr. William Kyle Ingle, Associate Professor and Assistant Department Chair 


Program Milestones: 
A competitive admissions process
A practical 2-part comprehensive exam that consists of a case study (connecting research and theory to practice) and a 25-page research prospectus that gauges the students’ readiness for a full capstone/dissertation proposal.
Capstone or dissertation proposal defense.
Final defense of the students’ capstone or dissertation.


Admission Requirements: 
Graduate Application, Official Transcripts, Current Resume or CV, GRE Scores, 3 Letters of Recommendation, Personal Statement (describing one’s educational philosophy and examples of practiced leadership in K-12 schools)
Selected candidates will participate in an Assessment Seminar in late spring/early summer, which consists of: observations of group activity, individual interviews, submission of a written response to a practice-based writing prompt.
The Selection Committee (consisting of research faculty and practicing administrators) use a screening rubrics for application materials and Assessment Seminar.
 

 

Last Updated: january 13, 2017 - 9:00am

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