Department of Administration & Leadership
Doctor of Education, Ed.D., Adminstration and Leadership
This degree is designed for astute students with appropriate professional experience beyond those studying at the master's level.
Rigorous requirements include a sound educational base and a substantial concentration in the student's chosen area of interest.
The curriculum offers opportunities for educational leaders to develop advanced knowledge, skills and research capabilities.
Those completing the program may hold or may be interested in positions of administrative responsibility at the school or district level, in institution of higher learning, or non-school settings.
A completed masters degree in a relevant field of study which should include a minimum of one basic course in each of the following:
- educational administration
- curriculum planning
- counseling and research.
These courses may be taken as co-requisites if necessary.
Applicants with a masters degree will be expected to complete a minimum of 75 credits of post masters study and 12 credit of dissertation .
Applicants with a completed Ed S award will be expected to complete a minimum of 30 credits of coursework and 12 credits of dissertation.
The following courses (24 credits) represent the core requirements for all School of Education doctoral degrees:
Leadership in the Organization
Sociology in Education
Dynamics of Personality
Educational Statistics I
Contemporary Issues in Education
Educational Statistics II
Qualitative Research Methodology
To build an area of leadership emphasis, the program will include 24 additional units in educational administration and leadership including the following:
The School and Community
Organizational Systems and Culture
Reading in Leadership
Electives (39 units) are to be determined in consultation with the department advisor and become a part of the student's approved program.
A total of 87 post-MA quarter units with a GPA of 3.5 must be attained for completion.
Advanced standing is possible for applicants with an Ed.S degree or a relevant second masters degree.
Students must complete the final 42 units in residence at La Sierra University
Doctor of Education, Ed.D., Administration and Leadership Objectives
Candidates successfully completing a Doctor of Education degree
Articulate administrative issues as well as their causes & implications, think critically, and write competently.
Refine and apply fluent research skills.
Refine and apply their understanding of the moral/ethical dimensions of educational leadership and management theory and practice
Evaluate the theories, concepts and research findings of the discipline.
Evaluate and apply the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) standards.
Be conversant with, and evaluate, the theorists and/or books identified in the Ed.S./Ed.D. Reading List.
Degree and credential candidates enrolled in the Ed.S. and Ed.D. programs should be conversant with the following theorists and books. Many of them will be addressed in classes, but not necessarily all of them. It is important for the candidate to be knowledgeable of each of these prior to scheduling and taking the qualifying examination.
Bolman, Lee G., & Terrence E. Deal. (2003) Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. ISBN 0-7879-6427-1
* Buckingham, Marcus. (2005). The One Thing You Need to Know. New York, New York: Free Press. ISBN 0-7432-6165-8
* Covey, Stephen. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
Covey, Stephen. The Eighth Habit.
Hackman, Richard J. (2002) Leading Teams: Setting the Stage for Great Performances. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Publishing Corp. ISBN 1-57851-333-2
Heifetz, Ronald A. (1994) Leadership Without Easy Answers. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. ISBN 0-674-51858-6
* Kotter, John P. (1996). Leading Change. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press.ISBN 978-0-78584-747-4
Kouzes, James M. & Barry Z. Posner. (2002). The Leadership Challenge. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. ISBN 0-7879-6833-1
Pojman, Louis P. (2006) Ethics: Discovering Right & Wrong, 5th edition. Belmont, CA: Thompson Wadsworth. ISBN 978-0-534-61936-7
* Sergiovanni, Thomas J. (1999). Rethinking Leadership. Arlington Heights, Illinois: SkyLight Training and Publishing Inc. ISBN 1-57517-148-1
* Proverbs, Ecclesiastes & Luke. In a Bible translation of your choice.
* Signifies books that are on the M.A. Reading List.
In addition to the books listed above, students should have read some articles or chapters written by the following persons, and should be able to explain the main concept presented by them.
De Pree, Max