PK-12 Educational Leadership 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.
Ed.D. Core Courses
|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.
|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.
PK-12 Educational Leadership Courses
|ENC 712||The Superintendency||3 Credits|
This course will guide the EdD candidate to understand the role of the school superintendent in the Twenty-First Century.
|ENC 713||Legal and Ethical Issues Facing the Superintendency||3 Credits|
This course will guide the EdD candidate to examine key legal issues that govern daily and long-range decisions for educational leaders. The focus is on understanding State and federal laws and emphasizes analysis of key legal concepts. Students will examine trends in law and the initiation of educational law to positively influence educational institutions.
|ENC 714||Supervision of Instruction||3 Credits|
This course will guide the EdD candidate to understand the role of the school superintendent to work effectively with principals and teachers in both developmental and differentiated ways.
|ENC 715||Educational Finance||3 Credits|
This course is designed to assist students in developing the concept of using resources to realize educational goals in an ethical, practical and efficient manner for a school district, leveraging money and other resources for growth and change.
|ENC 716||Culture and Community||3 Credits|
Analysis of effective practices involved in identifying critical cultural aspects of a school community and application of processes to strengthen cultures to meet student learning needs. Communities include students, families, teachers and other professional staff, and the community at large. Social media and crisis communication strategies are included in this course.
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.
*The superintendent licensure track is only accepting applications for students pursuing licensure in the state of IL at this time. To earn an Illinois superintendent license, the applicant must have two years of experience working full time as a principal, director of special education, chief business official or other administrative positions while holding a valid administrator license.