2020-2021 Catalog

Leadership, Doctor of Education

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership program offers working professionals the opportunity to develop advanced skills in strategic thinking, critical analysis, change management, adult learning, international education, and organizational development.

Students will learn to implement data-driven solutions to today’s leadership challenges, to teach current and future leaders a systematic approach to developing sustainable businesses and to master skills to be able to work with stakeholders at all levels. Upon graduation, students will have all the necessary tools to assume a senior leadership position in an organization, university, or public school system.

In this multidisciplinary program, students will receive high-quality and relevant learning experiences through a flexible format that meets the student’s career schedule. All classes will be conducted online with the exception of three in-person residencies.

As a doctoral student, you’ll choose from one of four concentration areas that fit your educational goals. They are:

  • Educational Leadership (P-12)
  • Higher Education
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Specialized Study

The Doctor of Education in Leadership program will prepare students to:

  • Analyze information and assess the current state of an organization.
  • Design and conduct significant and unique research projects that contribute to the knowledge of the field.
  • Design data-driven organizational evaluations and interventions, founded in accepted research methodologies, to improve operational performance.
  • Develop effective strategies that guide organizations to change and adapt to future challenges.
  • Evaluate a complex organization and its ability to use global and diverse perspectives to serve a variety of stakeholders.
  • Utilize a project-oriented approach to lead organizations through innovative and visionary leadership.

In addition to City University of Seattle's graduate/doctoral admission requirements, found under Admissions in the catalog menu, students in this program must also meet the requirements listed below:

Students entering one of City University of Seattle’s Doctoral programs must meet the following admissions criteria:

  1. Hold a master’s degree from an accredited or otherwise recognized institution, with a masters degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.000 or higher. 
  2. For applicants to the Principal, Superintendent, and Program Administrator certification programs, a second reference must be an Executive/District Administrator

Pre-Entry Requirement (1 Credit)

Required Courses

LDRD 600Introduction to Doctoral Program

1

Total Required Credits (90 Credits)

Leadership Core (24 Credits)

LDRD 606Leadership Theories and Analysis

6

LDRD 607Culturally Responsive Leadership in a Diverse Society

3

LDRD 609Leading Organizational Change

3

LDRD 613Socially and Environmentally Responsible Leadership

3

LDRD 630Ethical Organizational Leadership

3

LDRD 640Strategic Thinking

3

LDRD 646Developing Leaders of the Future

3

Research Core (15 Credits)

RESR 617Research Fundamentals

3

RESR 619Quantitative Research Methods

3

RESR 621Qualitative Research Methods

3

RESR 623Research Design

3

RESR 625Advanced Research Topics

3

Comprehensive Exams (6 Credits)

LDRD 682Comprehensive Exam

6

Dissertation (18 Credits)

RESR 694ADissertation 1

3

RESR 694BDissertation 2

3

RESR 694CDissertation 3

3

RESR 694DDissertation 4

3

RESR 694EDissertation 5

3

RESR 694FDissertation 6

3

RESR 99Continuing Dissertation Services

0

RESR 099: Continuing Dissertation Services - Optional course used for continuing enrollment and services as needed beyond provided Dissertation courses.

Residencies (3 Credits)

RESR 601Residency 1

1

RESR 602Residency 2

1

RESR 603Residency 3

1

Concentration Area (24 Credits)

Choose one of the concentration areas listed below:

Higher Education Concentration

The Higher Education concentration prepares graduates for leadership roles within colleges and universities, in particular in student development, academic support, academic leadership, and administration. Students will expand leadership skills to direct higher education programs, institutions, and agencies through analysis, self-reflection, and best practical application in the workplace. This concentration also provides broad knowledge of social, political, and economic forces at work in society as they relate to higher education institutions. Students become informed leaders through the utilization of scholarly research and theoretical models applied to experiential situations.

LDRD 654Legal Issues in Higher Education

3

LDRD 657Academic Governance and Resource Allocation

3

LDRD 662Student Populations and Experiences

3

LDRD 664The Future of Higher Education

3

12 graduate transfer credits or 12 graduate elective credits from CityU

Organizational Leadership Concentration

The Organizational Leadership concentration prepares current and future leaders to meet the challenges facing their organizations in a complex globalized workplace. Areas within the concentration teach leaders the skills they will need to generate trust, empower others, and implement innovative and strategic solutions. Through scholarly research, students will apply theoretical leadership models with collaborative decision-making to promote ethical and sustainable organizations. A broad knowledge of systems-thinking will prepare students to lead diverse organizational change that uses internal and external resources through stakeholder collaboration.

LDRD 632Collaborative Coaching

3

LDRD 634Leading in a Global Environment

3

LDRD 642Organizational Design and Culture

3

LDRD 644Managing Complexity in Organizations

3

12 graduate transfer credits or 12 graduate elective credits from CityU

Specialized Study Concentration

The Specialized Study concentration allows students to frame a degree focus in a specific area consistent with their current or anticipated field of interest or specialization. Students will develop the skills they need to generate trust, empower others, and implement innovative and strategic solutions in their field of concentration, demonstrating academic rigor and scholarly research throughout their course of study. Students can build on any prior graduate focus, augmented with courses from the several doctoral concentrations and from other CityU master’s programs to best design their proposed course of study. Students work with their advisor to identify the courses required for the specialized study concentration and document the rationale for the selections; this concentration proposal is subject to approval by the director.