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School of Education: Doctor of Education in Learning and Leading
Doctor of Education (EdD) in Learning and Leading
Program of Study and Areas of Concentration
The Prospectus and Dissertation Process
Program Application and Admission
Applying to the Program
The Doctor of Education in Learning and Leading (EdD) program in the nationally accredited School of Education combines innovative coursework and faculty expertise with applied research and best practices to prepare the next generation of leaders. The School of Education is Portland’s premier institution preparing teachers and leaders. Our 200-year tradition in education affirms an ethos that each individual is a learner, that dignity and justice are achieved through education, and that education is a community responsibility. All programs in the School of Education are approved by Oregon (TSPC) and accredited nationally (NCATE), with distinctions in the areas of evidence-based programming, faculty experience, and community outreach.
EdD Program Overview and StrengthsCredits and Length: The 51-credit cohort program is designed to be completed in 3 years. Students enroll in 5-6 credits in 3 contiguous semesters (summer, fall, spring) during 3 consecutive years of study. Part-time options may be planned individually based on consultation and transfer credit. Career goals will determine the best track for each student.
Integration of a Leadership and Learning Concentration: EdD candidates select one of the following 15-credit concentrations to integrate into their program:
State-of-Art EdD Core Curriculum: All students complete a 21-credit common core that bridges theory, best practices, and applied research for immediate impact on the profession.
Transfer Credit Options: UP alumni who have completed the CAL or Neuroeducation Post Master's Certificate program enter the EdD program at advanced status; transfer credit options from other institutions allow experienced professionals and current graduate students a lighter credit load in the program. Applicants with a completed IAL must select Organizational Leadership & Development (CAL), Neuroeducation, or Higher Education & Student Affairs as their area of concentration. Applicants who have completed the Neuroeducation or Higher Education & Student Affairs master's programs must select a different area of concentration if admitted to the EdD program.
Dedicated Faculty and Professional Network: Our full-time faculty hold advanced doctoral degrees from leading national institutions of education, and our clinical faculty bring expertise and applied experience around the challenges of learning and leading. Our Educational and Teacher Leadership Boards and alumni network, 7,500 strong, connect EdD candidates with opportunities for mentorship and leadership advancement.
Intentionally Small Cohorts: Students and faculty form learning communities around areas of interest, study, and research. Intentionally small program cohorts begin during the summer session and progress toward faculty-led seminars that culminate in the prospectus and dissertation focused on applied issues in the field.
Accessible and Affordable: Courses are delivered on the UP campus one evening per week in the Fall and Spring semesters and twice per week during the day in the Summer semester. The School of Education offers programs at some of the lowest tuition rates in the metropolitan area. Current graduate program tuition rates may be found here. There is no fee to apply to the program. All programs are eligible for federal financial aid.
Information, Consultation, and Advising Sessions: The application review process begins in mid-November for entry the following summer. Applications continue to be reviewed through the spring until the cohort is full; however, applications close on April 1. Admission notification begins in February. Check this EdD program page for updates on dates and times of information sessions. For general questions about the EdD program or to RSVP for an upcoming informational session, please contact Anne Rasmussen at email@example.com or 503-943-8257. To schedule an individual consultation and advising session with the Associate Dean, Dr. Bruce Weitzel, please contact Stacey Boatright at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EdD Program of Study and ConcentrationsThe Doctor of Education program in Learning and Leading offers four options as areas of concentration: School Leadership & Development (Initial Administrator Licensure [IAL]), Organizational Leadership & Development (Continuing Administrator Licensure [CAL]), Neuroeducation, and Higher Education & Student Affairs. The program develops leaders who apply knowledge of research and practice to advance individual and organizational learning in a socially just manner. The program aims to develop lifelong learners who are able to integrate research and theory and provide leadership for the field, which is in alignment with the School of Education’s emphasis on inquiry and scholarship for service. The EdD program of study consists of 51 credits segmented by doctoral core courses (21 credits), area of concentration courses (15 credits), and prospectus and dissertation courses(12 credits).
Doctoral Core Courses (21 credits)
ED 601 Advanced Qualitative Research (3 cr.)
ED 602 Advanced Quantitative Research (3 cr.)
ED 603 Research for Evaluation and Action (3 cr.)
ED 610 Cultural and Institutional Perspectives on Education: Individual, Community, and Society (3 cr.)
ED 611 Essential Ideas in Education: History, Philosophy, and Change (3 cr.)
ED 612 Individual, Group, and Organizational Dynamics (3 cr.)
ED 613 Foundations and Emergent Understandings of Learning and Development (3 cr.)
Area of Concentration Courses (15 credits in one concentration)
School Leadership & Development - Initial Administrator Licensure [IAL])
ED 544 Human Resource Development and Management (3 cr.)
ED 545 Leadership and Organizational Change (3 cr.)
ED 546 Policy, Ethics, and the Law (3 cr.)
ED 547 Resource Allocation, Finance and Management (3 cr.)
ED 548 Supervision for Instructional Improvement (3 cr.)
Organizational Leadership & Development (Continuing Administrator Licensure [CAL])
ED 552 Leadership for Sustaining the Vision (3 cr.)
ED 553 Leadership for Instructional Improvement (3 cr.)
ED 554 Leadership for Effective Data Driven Decision Making (3 cr.)
ED 556 Leadership in the Socio-Political Context (3 cr.)
ED 557 Ethical Leadership and Moral Imperative for Inclusive Practice (3 cr.)
ED 585 Foundations of Cognitive Processes in Learning (3 cr.)
ED 586 Neuroscience and Learning (3 cr.)
ED 587 Neurobiological Aspects of Learning (3 cr.)
ED 588 Neuroeducation: A Cultural-Linguistic Translation (3 cr.)
ED 593 Readings and Topics in Neuroeducation and Education (3 cr.)
Higher Education & Student Affairs
ED 520 History, Organization, and Student Personnel in Higher Education (3 cr.)
ED 521 Student Career Development and Planning (3 cr.)
ED 522 Legal Issues in Higher Education (3 cr.)
ED 523 Developmental Theory, Identity and College Populations (3 cr.)
ED 525 Foundations of Counseling and Student Affairs (3 cr.)
Prospectus and Dissertation Courses (15 credits)
ED 621 Dissertation Prospectus (5 cr.)
ED 622 Dissertation Seminar: Area of Concentration (2 semesters, 2 cr. each semester)
ED 699 Dissertation Research (2 semesters, 3 cr. each semester)
The Prospectus Dissertation ProcessPre-candidacy evaluation. In the first two years of the program, students will write a synthesis paper and take comprehensive exams.
Post-candidacy evaluation. In the second year of a student’s program, a doctoral committee will be established to support that student’s independent research.
Prospectus Defense. After passing the comprehensive exam, students will prepare a prospectus for an oral examination conducted by the candidate's doctoral committee. The focus of this exam will be to ensure that the student’s dissertation project is well-conceived, and the individual is prepared to begin conducting the proposed research independently.
Dissertation Defense. Upon completion of the dissertation, an oral defense will be conducted by the committee. The purpose of the defense would be to confirm three elements of the dissertation: (a) the candidate’s mastery of methodology employed in the dissertation study, (b) the appropriateness of findings in relation to the methods employed, and (c) the clarity of communication.
Program Admission and Application
The EdD in Learning and Leading is a 51-credit cohort program. The full program is designed to be completed in three years with contiguous semesters, including summer. There are 15 credits in an area of concentration. An earned master’s degree in education or a related field from a nationally accredited institution is required for admission to the program. Applicants must demonstrate prerequisite preparation in educational foundations and qualitative and quantitative research methods through transcript or applicable experience or plan satisfaction of these prerequisites as part of the program of study. All application materials must be submitted to the Graduate School. To begin your application, go to the Graduate School's website and apply online.
UP alumni who have completed the Continuing Administrator License (CAL) or Neuroeducation Post Master's Certificate program enter the EdD program at advanced status; transfer credit options from other institutions allow experienced professionals and current graduate students a lighter credit load during hte program. The following guidelines help to plan programs of study.
Educational Specialist (EdS) Option
• A CAL or Neuroeducation Post Master's Certificate completed at the University of Portland satisfies the Organizational Leadership & Development or Neuroeducation area of concentration, respectively.
• Students with a completed IAL must select Organizational Leadership & Development (CAL), Neuroeducation, or Higher Education & Student Affairs as their area of concentration.
• Students with a master's degree in Neuroeducation must select School Leadership & Development (IAL), Organizational Leadership & Development (CAL), or Higher Education & Student Affairs as their area of concentration.
• Students with a master's degree in Higher Education & Student Affairs must select School Leadership & Development (IAL), Organizational Leadership & Development (CAL), or Neuroeducation as their area of concentration.
• Up to 12 credits may be transferred from another institution towards the EdD area of concentration courses in the program, upon approval by the Associate Dean.
• Prerequisite courses do not count toward the EdD program's 51-credit total. Prerequisite courses satisfied through transcript documentation are not transferred into the EdD program.
• Students may be accepted into the EdD program on the condition that prerequisite courses are completed before doctoral core courses begin.
• Required EdD core, prospectus, and dissertation courses and credits may not be satisfied through transfer credit.
Students may complete only the coursework portion of the EdD and graduate with an Educational Specialist (EdS) degree. The Ed.S. is proposed as a completion alternative for students who are unable or who are not recommended to advance to dissertation candidacy.
To be considered for admission, the application form and all supporting materials must be received by the Graduate School on or before the published application deadline. All applicants to the EdD program in Learning and Leading must submit the following:
1. Application Form
Completed EdD online application form. There is no application fee.
2. Official Transcripts
An official transcript sent directly to the University of Portland Graduate School showing all college credit attempted and/or completed from each college and university previously attended. (Note: Transcripts from foreign universities must be in English or be accompanied by an English translation certified as authentic. Please contact the Graduate School at email@example.com or 503-943-7107 with questions). Evidence of possession of a master’s degree from a nationally accredited institution is required. All official transcripts submitted become the property of the University and cannot be copied or returned to the applicant.
3. Three Essays
Candidates are required to write three essays. The doctoral program essay topics and instructions are listed below. Essays may be submitted electronically (email attachment or as part of the online application).
4. Two Letters of Recommendation
We require two letters of recommendation to assess your ability to integrate research and theory, your potential for successful and timely degree completion, and your ability to provide ethical leadership for the field. The appropriate Recommendation Cover Sheet must accompany letters from the recommender.
Letters of recommendation are among the most important aspects of a doctoral application. The School of Education uses recommendations to assess a candidate’s past accomplishments and determine potential for success. To present a well-rounded portrait of yourself as a candidate and a professional, we suggest that you request references from a former professor who is familiar with your academic ability, and a supervisor who is knowledgeable about your leadership and professional work.
5. Grade Point Average
Evidence of scholastic background that indicates ability to do satisfactory graduate work. Usually this is considered to be a minimum of a B average.
Submit a current professional résumé listing positions that you have held for three months or longer, including your current position.
Qualified applicants with completed applications may be invited to interview with members of the School of Education School faculty.
Please note: All application materials must be submitted to the Graduate School. To begin your application, go to the Graduate School's website. You are encouraged to complete your application as early as possible!
EdD in Learning and Leading Essay Questions
These essays will be completed as part of the EdD application form found on the Graduate School website.
1. Each candidate brings his or her own set of personal and professional goals to the selection of a doctoral program. What are your goals? Provide an analysis of how those goals match the University of Portland’s Learning and Leading doctoral program. Limit your response to no more than 500 words.
2. Discuss an area of professional interest that might become a topic of study within your doctoral program. Why is this area of study of interest to you? What contributions might your research make to the profession? Support your discussion with citations and references. Limit your response to no more than 1500 words.
3. The expectation of the doctoral program is a continuous commitment until program completion. Discuss how you will accommodate the schedule and rigorous academic expectations of the program. Limit your response to no more than 500 words.
Candidates accepted into the program are expected to have their own computer and access to the Internet.
The next EdD cohort will begin in June 2016.
Review of completed applications begins on November 1st for entry the following year. We will continue to review applications through Spring 2016 until the June 2016 cohort is full.
EdD Informational Sessions:
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
All sessions are held 6pm-7pm in the Franz Hall Murphy Conference Room (#426).
For more information or to RSVP:
Anne Rasmussen, Graduate Program Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org