This interdisciplinary doctoral program prepares students to be educational leaders in postsecondary institutions, professional associations, nonprofit organizations, and government. The curriculum is firmly rooted in the social justice history, mission, and tradition of Roosevelt University, and therefore students can expect a vigorous critique of current practices as well as engagement with innovative and activist ideals to address persistent concerns in education and leadership. Graduates will acquire practical knowledge and skills, and co-construct learning experiences such that they deepen their understanding of their current work and how to advance their organizations and their careers. Innovative approaches to course scheduling, the admission to candidacy process, and the dissertation will enable students to balance their professional and personal commitments and also develop expertise that might inform their own leadership in the future.
The core social justice studies curriculum in the program provides all doctoral students with:
(b) Foundational knowledge in U.S. educational leadership (higher education, non-profit and government), social justice, diversity theories and studies of global inequalities.
(c) Expertise in using socio-educational research methodologies to conduct original research and to evaluate and apply existing research for social justice outcomes.
The program requires a minimum of 48 semester hours of coursework beyond the master’s degree. At least one 3 semester-hour course is required for the dissertation. No credit from any institution is acceptable for transfer. Most students will take three years to complete the course work and between one and five years to complete the doctoral dissertation. Students are allowed no more than one grade of C+ or C in the program and must maintain a grade point average of 3.25. Students will be dismissed from the program if the GPA standard is not met, more than one grade of C or C+ is earned, or a grade of C- or lower is earned. In addition, any student found guilty of plagiarism or violating the code published in the Student Handbook, or lacking in professional dispositions, will be dismissed from the program.
CandidacyTo achieve the status of doctoral candidate, students must have completed all courses with a grade point average of 3.25 or higher, have demonstrated professional dispositions in their course work, and received approval of their Digital Leadership Portfolio. Three semester hours of registration are required upon approval of the Digital Leadership Portfolio. Thereafter, students must register for one credit hour of dissertation work every semester (except summer) until the final defense of the dissertation. A student who has been admitted to the status of doctoral candidate must complete a dissertation and successfully defend it before the student’s doctoral committee in order to be recommended for the Ed.D. degree. A maximum of eight years of study are allowed. If a student does not complete the dissertation within eight years from the first semester of registration, the student is automatically dismissed from the program.
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