Program Curriculum

Higher Education Suggested Plan of Study
2-yrs +dissertation 3-yrs +dissertation 4-yrs +dissertation

Higher Education Concentration
Students are required to take a minimum of 60 credit hours of doctoral coursework (8000-level courses) beyond the master’s degree and complete a Qualifying Examination and Doctoral Dissertation. Courses for students in the Higher Education Concentration include:

Foundations Coursework (9 Credit Hours)
ADMN 8101: Perspectives on Adult Learning Theory
ADMN 8110: Organizational Theory and Behavior
ADMN 8160: Introduction to Educational Administration

Research Coursework (12 Credit Hours)
Students must take RSCH 8210 before taking RSCH 8110 and RSCH 8111. 
RSCH 8210: Applied Educational Research
RSCH 8110: Descriptive and Inferential Statistics
RSCH 8111: Qualitative Research Methods
RSCH 8120: Advanced Statistics

Higher Education Concentration (15 Credit Hours)
ADMN 8171: The American College Student
ADMN 8172: Higher Education in the United States
ADMN 8173: Legal Issues in Higher Education
ADMN: 8174: Higher Education Finance and Budgeting
ADMN: 8175: Nontraditional Approaches to Higher Education

Electives (15 Credit Hours)
Students may take 15 credit hours of elective courses. These courses must be at the 8000 level and geared toward one’s doctoral dissertation and /or professional pathway. Elective courses will include higher education, adult education, educational research, instructional systems technology, and related courses. Students should work with their advisor to select courses that best need their needs.

Elective hours for the Concentration in Higher Education may be selected from the following:

  • Doctoral (8000) level courses with the following prefixes: ADMN, EIST, RSCH
  • CUSU 8126, CUSU 8127
  • Other 8000 – level courses approved by the advisor

Dissertation Proposal Seminar (3 Credit Hours)
ADMN 8699: Dissertation Proposal Seminar
*Students may take ADMN 8699 only after all coursework is completed or during the final semester of coursework.

Dissertation Coursework (at least 6 Credit Hours)
ADMN 8999: Dissertation Research (students may take ADMN 8999 only after all other coursework in the program is complete. Students must maintain continuous enrollment in ADMN 8999, to include at least one summer session, until degree completion and must be enrolled during the semester in which they graduate. Failure to maintain continuous enrollment in ADMN 8999 will result in dismissal from the program.


Superintendent Concentration

Foundations Coursework (33 Credit Hours)
ADMN 8610 Interdisciplinary Seminar
ADMN 8160 Introduction to Educational Administration
ADMN 8121 Doctoral Seminar in Curriculum Design
ADMN 8140 School Finance
ADMN 8130 Educational Governance and Policy Studies
ADMN 8110 Organizational Theory and Behavior
ADMN 8120 Advanced School Law
ADMN 8101 Perspectives on Adult Learning Theory
ADMN 8150 Human Resources Development and Administration
ADMN 8410 Advanced Internship in Educational Leadership – Part I
ADMN 8420 Advanced Internship in Educational Leadership – Part II

Research Coursework (12 Credit Hours)
RSCH 8210 Applied Educational Research
RSCH 8110 Descriptive and Inferential Statistics
RSCH 8120 Advanced Statistics
RSCH 8111 Qualitative Research Methods

Electives (6 Credit Hours)
Students may take 6 credit hours of elective courses. These courses often include additional research courses that will assist the dissertation process.

Dissertation Proposal Seminar (3 Credit Hours)
ADMN 8699: Dissertation Proposal Seminar
*Students may take ADMN 8699 only after all coursework is completed or during the final semester of coursework.

Dissertation Coursework (at least 6 Credit Hours)
ADMN 8999: Dissertation Research


Curriculum and Supervision Concentration

Foundations Coursework (33 Credit Hours)
ADMN 8610 Interdisciplinary Seminar
ADMN 8160 Introduction to Educational Administration
ADMN 8121 Doctoral Seminar in Curriculum Design
ADMN 8140 School Finance
ADMN 8125 Doctoral Seminar in Instruction
ADMN 8660 Instructional Leadership Seminar
ADMN 8122 Advanced Curriculum Theory and Development
ADMN 8120 Advanced School Law
ADMN 8101 Perspectives on Adult Learning Theory
ADMN 8489 Practicum in Staff Development
ADMN 8110 Organizational Theory and Behavior

Research Coursework (12 Credit Hours)
RSCH 8210 Applied Educational Research
RSCH 8110 Descriptive and Inferential Statistics
RSCH 8120 Advanced Statistics
RSCH 8111 Qualitative Research Methods

Electives (6 Credit Hours)
Students may take 6 credit hours of elective courses. These courses often include additional research courses that will assist the dissertation process.

Dissertation Proposal Seminar (3 Credit Hours)
ADMN 8699: Dissertation Proposal Seminar
*Students may take ADMN 8699 only after all coursework is completed or during the final semester of coursework.

Dissertation Coursework (at least 6 Credit Hours)
ADMN 8999: Dissertation Research