Curriculum and Leadership (EdD) - Higher Education Administration Track

Program of Study

Research Area
EDUF 8126Introduction to Statistical Methods in Education3
EDUF 8117Qualitative Research Methods3
EDUF 8127Quantitative Experimental Research3
Choose One:3
Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
Mixed Methods Research in Education
Advanced and Multivariate Statistical Methods
Survey and Questionnaire Design
Total Research Hours:12
EDUF 8701Doctoral Seminar I1
EDUF 8702Doctoral Seminar II1
EDUF 8703Doctoral Seminar III1
Dissertation Area
EDUF 8129Developing the Dissertation Prospectus3
EDUF 8999The Dissertation9
EDUF 8996Prospectus Defense0
EDUF 8998Proposal Defense0
EDUF 8000Ed.D. Dissertation Defense0
Total Dissertation Hours:15
Elective Area
12 hours of Advisor Approved 8000-Level Electives
Total Elective Hours:12
Higher Education Area
EDHE 8102Academic Affairs3
EDHE 8103Finance and Administrative Affairs3
EDHE 8110Policy and Politics of Higher Education3
EDHE 8112Higher Education Student Services3
EDHE 8115The Two-Year College3
EDHE 8125Educational Evaluation3
EDHE 8126Enrollment Services and Management3
EDHE 8720Current Issues in Higher Education3
Higher Education Hours:24
Total Credit Hours63

Admission Requirements

Admissions decisions are based on a holistic combination of criteria, including the interview, writing assessment, recommendations, professional experiences and academic transcripts. 

  • Applicant must hold at least a master’s degree from an accredited United States institution, or the equivalent from an international institution.
  • Good academic standing at previous institution(s).
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 on all graduate course work at an accredited United States institution in fulfillment of the requirement for a graduate degree and post-baccalaureate coursework.
  • Four (4) years of experience in a school setting or in a leadership role in the private sector shown by completing the Teaching Experience Form
  • Background check to verify no criminal record or discharge from the armed services that would prevent recommendation for related teacher, counseling, or leadership certifications.
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Two (2) professional letters of recommendation.
  • Successful completion of interview and timed writing assessment.
  • For international students, additional criteria may be required.  See International Graduate Admissions for more details.

Additional Program Requirements

  • Completion of all required EdD coursework (i.e., minimum of 63 semester hours and a minimum of 51 semester hours in residence) with a 3.25 GPA and no more than one grade of C applying toward the degree (i.e., good academic standing).
  • Appointment of an approved EdD dissertation committee.
  • Approval of the Dissertation Prospectus by the EdD Dissertation Committee.
  • Approval of the Dissertation Proposal by the EdD Dissertation Committee.
  • Met all program requirements (i.e., successful defense of final dissertation and approval of final dissertation publication by the EdD Dissertation Committee, Director of Doctoral Program in Education, Director of COEHP Office of Graduate Studies, Dean of COEHP, and CSU Library).
  • Maintained continuous enrollment in EDUF 8999 The Dissertation until completion of the EdD dissertation.