Higher Education Administration Curriculum
Our program has been designed by education experts in consideration of today’s systematic challenges and individual needs. In addition to traditional topics, Bradley’s Ed.D. program also incorporates contemporary principles of ethics, technology and accountability to establish a modern, forward-facing knowledge base.
Online Ed.D. Core Courses
|ENC 708||Boards and Educational Governance||3 Credits|
This course examines the school community context in considering board policies and the development of working relationships with community members. Topics such as setting standards, understanding accountability roles, the impact of pressure groups, and working with formal and informal ideologies are discussed within the framework of the educational institution, the political environment, and the ultimate process of policy development.
|ENC 709||Ethical and Political Foundations of Educational Policy||3 Credits|
Critical analysis of educational policy from social justice perspectives and application of effective political leadership practices to ensure equity for all constituencies.
|ENC 710||Learning in an Era of Technology||3 Credits|
Analysis of effective uses of technology in learning and the systemic structures necessary to ensure that technology practices result in effective learning for all learners.
|ENC 711||National Trends in Assessment, Data Analysis, and Accountability||3 Credits|
Examines current trends in assessment and effective leadership practices to ensure accountability and inform continuous improvement.
|ENC 701-702||The Internship||6 Credits|
This course is a two semester internship with each intern working for an experienced superintendent mentor. The internship experience builds effective relationships through intrapersonal, interpersonal, and organizational development focused on communication. In addition, students are asked to examine leadership challenges of the present and future based on class learning and individual experiences. The internship provides the intern with real world experiences related to leadership at the highest levels of Pre-K-12 public and private schools.
Higher Education Administration Courses
|ENC 717||Leadership in Higher Education and Community College||3 Credits|
Examination of leadership roles in higher education and community colleges and applications to specific cases.
|ENC 718||Administration of Online Programs in Higher Education and Community College||3 Credits|
Role of administrators in the creation and maintenance of effective online courses or programs including curricular, faculty, contractual issues, and technology support systems.
|ENC 719||Student and Academic Affairs||3 Credits|
Systematic inquiry into ethical issues faced by contemporary educational leaders related to student and academic affairs and effective resolution strategies.
|ENC 720||The Contemporary Learner||3 Credits|
A study of the latest research and trends surrounding the adult, post-secondary learner. Course explores innovative approaches in education where leaders develop the capacity to engage communities and educators to imagine, build and sustain vibrant learning ecosystems that allow all students to thrive.
|ENC 721||Financial Affairs in Higher Education||3 Credits|
Systematic inquiry into political, economic, and social issues faced by contemporary educational leaders related to the financing of higher education.
Doctoral Research Requirement
|ENC 703||Action Research 1: Introduction to Doctoral Studies and Annotated Bibliography||3 Credits|
Through carefully chosen readings and assignments, this course will provide candidates with the knowledge and skills needed to begin to understand how action research informs curricular and instructional decisions both school-wide and at the classroom level. Additionally, the course prepares candidates to develop an action research project. The primary focus of this course is to prepare candidates to begin the process to develop the final action research capstone project.
|ENC 704||Action Research 2: Action Research Plan and Ethics||3 Credits|
Through carefully chosen readings and assignments, this course will provide candidates with the knowledge and skills needed to understand how action research inform curricular and instructional decisions both school-wide and at the classroom level. Additionally, the course prepares candidates to develop an action research project. ENC 705 is a continuation of this direction and the primary focus of ENC 704 is to prepare candidates to begin the process to develop the final action research capstone project.
|ENC 705||Action Research 3: Data Collection & Analysis||3 Credits|
This course will guide the EdD student through the Data Collection stage of Action Research Plan. Students will use this semester to implement the learning developed in ENC 703 and ENC 704 and utilize the data collection plan previously developed. Attention will be given to the management of time and data, and ethical standards of investigation.
|ENC 706||Action Research 4: Seminar in Action Research Literature Review||3 Credits|
This course will guide the Ed.D. student through the Review of Related Literature stage of the Action Research Project. Using advanced research strategies, students will complete their search of appropriate databases, read, and become familiar with the literature in order to identify relevant research and theory related to a specific topic.
|ENC 707||Action Research 5: Seminar in Action Research Data Analysis & Conclusions||3 Credits|
This course will guide the Ed.D. student through the data analysis, discussion and conclusions stages of the Action Research Plan. Students will finalize all chapters of the Action Research Plan during this semester. Students will continue to be part of a community of researchers, willing and able to support each other in the development of research plans as the group moves through the degree program.