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EDDL 7300      Foundations of Education
The course provides an introduction to educational leadership with an emphasis on leadership practice, development, and implementation. The work and challenges of educational leaders will be examined. The student will study the roles of servant leadership, credibility, vision, empowerment, and strategy for educational leaders.  
Prereq: None.


EDDL 7301      Developmental Theories
This course explores human development research, focusing on physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and personality development from conception to death within the context of psychological and sociological theories of development with an emphasis on their contributions to the practices of Christian nurture, instruction, and leadership formation.  
Prereq: None.


EDDL 7303      Organizational Behavior and Leadership
This course examines organizations from a sociological perspective to gain a comprehensive understanding of both theoretical and practical workings of K-12, post-secondary, and ecumenical organizations. Chaos, complexity theory, and appreciative theory will also be addressed, along with the common and diverse elements of structures, rational, natural, and open systems perspectives including application to school districts, institutions of higher education, churches, and denominational agencies.  
Prereq: None.


EDDL 7304      Leadership and Management Theories
Leadership is essentially the ability of an individual to influence others and themselves to achieve a purpose, attain a goal, or create a change. Contemporary organizations expect mastery of strategic leadership elements and comprehension of motivational and problem solving approaches from their leaders. This course provides a survey of the key components of leadership and management theory, concepts, and models within the context of a Christian worldview. Students will examine leadership theory, ethics, values, attitudes, character development, and leadership behavior with an emphasis on developing the requisite skills for effective servant leadership. In this seminar, students will build upon self-knowledge related to their leadership style and practices. Students will establish a baseline understanding of the leadership abilities and practices that will be used to establish personal and professional goals.  
Prereq: None.


EDDL 7305      Strategic Planning
This course explores organizational strategy from a theoretical perspective with an emphasis on the application of strategic models and tools to lead effectively within the K-12, higher education, church, and denominational environments.  
Prereq: None.


EDDL 7306      Marketing and Public Relations
This course overviews marketing and public relations history, marketing and public relations strategies, environmental forces, consumer behavior, market analysis, channels of distribution, promotional strategy, and advertising strategy. Principles underlying marketing and public relations, development of institutional and community understanding, fostering cooperation through appropriate agents and agencies, and building relationships between institutional personnel with the public are also explored.  
Prereq: None.


EDDL 7330      Principles of Educational Research
Examination of quantitative, qualitative, historical, and other research designs and methods to enhance the evaluation of higher education research and to prepare the students for applications in research design.  
Prereq: None.


EDDL 7333      Quantitative and Qualitative Methods and Analysis
This course is an extension of Statistics I. Students will expand previous knowledge for analysis, interpretation, and decision making in quantitative research to be used in education leadership and school improvement roles. Students will use statistical software to aid in their research using both descriptive and inferential statistics.   
Prereq: EDDL 7330 (Principles of Educational Research) and EDDL 7331, (Statistics I) or comparable statistics course.


EDDL 7336       Local and State Policy Studies
This course is designed to provide students with a broad knowledge of educational issues at the local and state levels. Students will travel to Austin, Texas, and participate in various activities, including attending a superintendent’s conference, visit state legislative offices, meet with state-level educational leaders, etc.   Summer.
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EDDL 7337      National Policy Studies
This course is designed to provide students with a broad knowledge of educational issues at the national level. Students will travel to the greater Washington, DC area and participate in various activities, including meeting with national education and association officials, visit historical sites related to leaders and leadership events, visit federal government buildings and officials, etc.   Summer.
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EDDL 7388      Treatise I (Research and Prospectus)
Doctoral students will be guided and assisted in the development of their dissertation proposals, writing dissertation chapters, design, data analysis, preparing articles for publication, developing research proposals for professional conferences, and other professional arenas. Emphasis will be placed on individual student work with their chair and Dissertation Committee members.   
Prereq: Students must have their dissertation proposal approved by the Human Subjects Committee prior to completion of this course. Students must maintain continuous enrollment in this course until this occurs.


EDDL 7389      Treatise II
Doctoral students will work individually with their Chair and Dissertation Committee members on the completion of their dissertation. To be acceptable, the dissertation must be evidence that the student has pursued a program of research, the results of which reveal superior academic competence and a significant contribution of knowledge to the field of educational leadership in a higher education or K-12 school system setting or the educational ministry setting. Students must maintain continuous enrollment in this course until they have successfully completed and defended their dissertation.  
Prereq: EDDH 7388; Students must have their dissertation proposal approved by the Ed.D. Committee for Research Involving Human Subjects prior to registering for this course.


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