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The Doctor of Education with a concentration in Higher Education Leadership is designed specifically for anyone who presently works with or aspires to work with adult learners. The primary goal of the concentration in Higher Education Leadership is to prepare students for leadership and lifelong learning in the field of higher education. The program focuses on providing broad knowledge of social, political, and economic forces at work in society, as well as developing leaders that can meet both current and future leadership challenges in higher education. The program combines theory and practice with the goal of equipping its graduates with an in-depth knowledge of key leadership skills such as applied research, problem-solving, systems thinking, social intelligence, professional development, and higher order cognitive skills.

 

ED.D. Formats

 

Blended: Online & On-Campus (Greer, S.C.)

 

 

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ACADEMIC TERMS

 

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REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS

 

 

Higher Education Leadership Concentration

 

EDL 711 Introduction to Doctoral Studies: Higher Education (3)

EDL 712 Social Foundations: Higher Education (3)

EDL 713 Organizational Development: Higher Education (3)

EDL 714 Leadership and Technology: Higher Education (3)

EDL 715 Advanced Ethical Leadership Studies: Higher Education (3)

EDL 716 Conflict Resolution, Mediation and Personnel Management: Higher Education (3

EDL 717Politics of Education: Historical Frameworks: Higher Education (3)

EDL 718 Learning and Instruction: Higher Education (3

EDL 731Law and Policy in Higher Education (3)

EDL 732 Budget, Finance, and Human Resources (3)

EDL 733 Field Analysis of Current Practices (3)

EDL 734 Directed Independent Study: Self Selected (3)

Elective Bank (3)

Elective Bank (3

Elective Bank (3)

EDL 761Quantitative Research (3)

EDL 762 Qualitative Research (3)

 

Oral and Written Comprehensive Exams

 

EDL 763 The Dissertation Proposal (3)

EDL 764 Dissertation 1 (3)

EDL 765 Dissertation 2 (3)

 

Dissertation Defense 

 

Core:

 

EDL 701 or EDL 711 Introduction to Doctoral Studies
This course is designed as an introduction to the doctoral program. Major themes of the course include an overview of the requirements for a doctorate, coursework, comprehensive exam process, research and the dissertation process. An overview of data analysis and data-driven decision making; modeling and critiquing effective leadership practices; developing good research questions; reviewing the steps of the doctoral process and acquainting the candidate with the process to successfully complete the degree. NOTE: Lower course number is K-12 emphasis and higher course number is Higher Education emphasis

EDL 702 or EDL 712 Social Foundations
This course is designed to explore the social, historical, philosophical, and cultural foundations of United States public education. Students will examine past and contemporary school practices, educational policy and the relationship between policy, identity and practices as a leader.
NOTE: Lower course number is K-12 emphasis and higher course number is Higher Education emphasis

EDL 703 or 713 Organizational Development
This course provides students with the knowledge and practices necessary to identify and understand organizational behavior and development. The processes involved in managing and sustaining organizations are examined. Philosophical, psychological, social and economic issues impacting educational organizations will be identified for analysis and problem-solving as candidates learn to positively study and develop organizations. NOTE: Lower course number is K-12 emphasis and higher course number is Higher Education emphasis

EDL 704 or 714 Leadership and Technology
This course focuses on preparing educational leaders to develop a system-wide analysis of educational technology and integrate technology into their leadership roles. Candidates will develop knowledge and skills required for data-driven leadership, and explore the potential of technological trends for leadership. NOTE: Lower course number is K-12 emphasis and higher course number is Higher Education emphasis

EDL 705 or 715 Advanced Ethical Leadership Studies
Designed to promote studentsí purposeful inquiry for knowledge in the study of ethics above the Masterís level. Applies ethics analysis and evaluates ethical decision making. Candidates study ethical leadership styles and apply that to developing public policy while examining advanced ethics and the implications for their effect on leadership. NOTE: Lower course number is K-12 emphasis and higher course number is Higher Education emphasis

EDL 706 or 716 Conflict Resolution, Mediation and Personnel Management.
This course examines a foundational approach to conflict resolution, mediation, mentoring and professional development from a leadership perspective. Participants will be equipped to work with and empower personnel to enhance organizational effectiveness while navigating the complex role of resolving individual, group and organizational conflict. NOTE: Lower course number is K-12 emphasis and higher course number is Higher Education emphasis

EDL 707 or 717 Politics of Education: Historical Frameworks
This course examines the historical political implications on curriculum, objectives and program sequence and overall organizational functioning. Focuses on analysis of historical interactions among school district, local community, state and federal systems and their impact on leadership.
NOTE: Lower course number is K-12 emphasis and higher course number is Higher Education emphasis

EDL 708 or 718 Learning and Instruction
This course examines a foundational approach to learning and instruction to maximize student achievement. Instructional practices, models, applications, and innovative approaches will be examined in regards to teaching and learning. NOTE: Lower course number is K-12 emphasis and higher course number is Higher Education emphasis.

 

Higher Education Leadership Degree:


EDL 731 Law and Policy in Higher Education
This course is an advanced study of law and policy and their relationship to higher education with a specific emphasis on analysis of the implications on the work of higher education leaders across institutional settings. It is designed to enable leaders to become knowledgeable, effective, and responsible participants within the political and policy functions of higher education.

EDL 732 Budget, Finance, Human Resources
The course provides higher education leadership study with the theoretical and working knowledge of techniques, issues, policy, and practices as they are related to budget and finance in higher education institutions. The course also covers the diversity and complexity of roles and responsibilities when managing human resources in higher education institutions.

EDL 733 Field Analysis of Current Practices
This course is an instructor directed field study for candidates who are currently placed in an educational setting (or other approved setting) to intensively study practices, leadership style and overall leadership effectiveness as it relates to higher education.

EDL 734 Directed Independent Study: Self Selected Research
Prerequisites: Admission to the Ed.D. Program. Permission of Instructor. This course is a self- selected/directed field study for candidates that involves intensive study of a topic in the studentís research area in higher education.

 

NGU Graduate School of Education, Ed.D. Educational Leadership Electives:

 

EDL 741 or 751 Educational Policy
This course is designed for advanced study of educational policies and law. It builds upon coursework taken at the Masters level. The course will develop the ability of leaders to analyze and assess laws, policies and practices that impact educational systems. It will also provide candidates with frameworks to improve organizational effectiveness at both the technical and human resource level. NOTE: Lower course number is K-12 emphasis and higher course number is Higher Education emphasis

EDL 742 or 752 Systemic Resource Management
This course provides the analysis, development of strategies, and management of unit internal and external funds. Candidates will learn the resource development and resource management including personnel and financial. Resource study will include internal and external funding budgets, resource allocation models and examine private, state, and federal compliance regulations. NOTE: Lower course number is K-12 emphasis and higher course number is Higher Education emphasis

EDL 743 or 753 Strategic Planning
This course focuses on practical approaches for long-term and short-term planning including strategic thinking, developing core competencies, strategic formulation, decision making, communicating decisions and planning for successful implementation of strategies. Candidates learn the complexities of planning and implementing the processes as a leader. NOTE: Lower course number is K-12 emphasis and higher course number is Higher Education emphasis.

EDL 744 or 754 Todayís Student
This course assists leaders in developing a clear understanding of the developmental issues facing students and the process by which development occurs. Extensive study of social development and the application of principles of educational settings will assist professionals in supporting diverse student populations and leading increasingly complex groups. NOTE: Lower course number is K-12 emphasis and higher course number is Higher Education emphasis

EDL 745 or 755 Academic Culture & Learning
This course is an intensive examination of the student, faculty, and administrative cultures in education environments. Topics include the history and philosophy of academic culture and the internal and external influences on teaching and learning, faculty and students, and instructional models and methods. NOTE: Lower course number is K-12 emphasis and higher course number is Higher Education emphasis

EDL 746 Dissertation Seminar
This is a one hour credit course for those candidates who require additional time, above the program requirements of six, to complete the dissertation process.

 

Electives:

 

EDL 741 or 751 Educational Policy
This course is designed for advanced study of educational policies and law. It builds upon coursework taken at the Masters level. The course will develop the ability of leaders to analyze and assess laws, policies and practices that impact educational systems. It will also provide candidates with frameworks to improve organizational effectiveness at both the technical and human resource level. NOTE: Lower course number is K-12 emphasis and higher course number is Higher Education emphasis

EDL 742 or 752 Systemic Resource Management
This course provides the analysis, development of strategies, and management of unit internal and external funds. Candidates will learn the resource development and resource management including personnel and financial. Resource study will include internal and external funding budgets, resource allocation models and examine private, state, and federal compliance regulations. NOTE: Lower course number is K-12 emphasis and higher course number is Higher Education emphasis

EDL 743 or 753 Strategic Planning
This course focuses on practical approaches for long-term and short-term planning including strategic thinking, developing core competencies, strategic formulation, decision making, communicating decisions and planning for successful implementation of strategies.  Candidates learn the complexities of planning and implementing the processes as a leader. NOTE: Lower course number is K-12 emphasis and higher course number is Higher Education emphasis.

EDL 744 or 754 Todayís Student
This course assists leaders in developing a clear understanding of the developmental issues facing students and the process by which development occurs. Extensive study of social development and the application of principles of educational settings will assist professionals in supporting diverse student populations and leading increasingly complex groups. NOTE: Lower course number is K-12 emphasis and higher course number is Higher Education emphasis

EDL 745 or 755 Academic Culture & Learning
This course is an intensive examination of the student, faculty, and administrative cultures in education environments. Topics include the history and philosophy of academic culture and the internal and external influences on teaching and learning, faculty and students, and instructional models and methods. NOTE: Lower course number is K-12 emphasis and higher course number is Higher Education emphasis

EDL 746 Dissertation Seminar
This is a one hour credit course for those candidates who require additional time, above the program requirements of six, to complete the dissertation process.

 

Research Core:

 

EDL 761 Quantitative Research
Provides knowledge and skills in applied statistics. Focus is on skill development to appropriately develop, examine and apply statistical analysis in their respective program studies and professional settings.

EDL 762 Qualitative Research
This course provides knowledge and skills in qualitative methods commonly used in educational settings. Major components of the course include qualitative theoretical/conceptual frameworks, research designs, instrument development and data collection procedures, data analysis and interpreting and reporting results.

EDL 763 Dissertation Proposal
This course will allow students to discuss the fundamental concepts and tools of research applied to educational problems. Each student will prepare a proposal for the dissertation. This course requires knowledge of the literature and ongoing student engagement in research. The student will complete the IRB application process in this course.

EDL 764 Dissertation 1
This course is to develop an approved dissertation proposal. Credit hours taken by students to assist them in analyzing their research data and begin writing their dissertation.

EDL 765 Dissertation 2
This course is to further develop and finalize their research data and writing their complete dissertation in preparation for formal dissertation defense.

 

 

 

Dr. Shelley Dugle

Dean of the Graduate School of Education

Shelley Dugle has served as the dean of the Graduate School of Education at NGU since 2010, where she has developed the M.Ed. and MAT programs with her team of faculty members. She enjoys both administrative tasks and teaching graduate courses. Prior to this, Dugle taught K-8 students with mild to moderate disabilities in the public school setting and also undergraduate education majors at an Ohio institution. Dugle enjoys spending time with her two daughters, three dogs, and family/friends. She currently serves as a Merge ministry small group leader at Fellowship Greenville and is thankful for every day God has given her to enjoy love and life.

Dr. Michael Butler

Professor of Education

Michael Butler served as the Secondary Education Coordinator for the North Greenville University undergraduate Teacher Education programs from 2007-2011. While serving on the undergraduate campus, Butler co-founded the NGU Student Chapter of Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and was an NCATE Standard writer for the accreditation renewal process. Butler currently serves in the graduate school college of education, where he co-authored the Master of Art in Teaching program and the Educational Leadership Doctoral program. Butlerís specializations are the social and historical foundation of education, educational public policy, applied research, and assessment.

 

Dr. Harold Long

Associate Professor and Director of Supervised Student Teaching

Harold Long is a professor with the Graduate School of Education and directs student teaching. He has earned degrees in Psychology (B.S.), Elementary Education (M.A.) and Educational Administration (Ed.D.). Prior to joining NGU, he spent his career in public education working at every level including elementary, high school and coordinating educational research at Clemson University. In addition to his duties at the graduate school, he conducts educational research, writes and has consulted with several schools and districts. In his free time, Long particularly enjoys traveling the United States with his family in their RV.

Dr. Mary Ann Solesbee

Read to Succeed Specialist

Mary Ann Solesbee served as chair of the Education Department at North Greenville University from 1995-2005, where she led the team to develop the inaugural undergraduate teacher education program. She has also worked in public education as a teacher, literacy coach, and director of the Teaching American History Grant, Teaching American History Right Under Our Feet. She is the author of the Sal and Amanda book series for children, which highlights South Carolina history with a bit of mystery. She is presently serving as the Read to Succeed Specialist for the Graduate School of Education at NGU.

Dr. Tawana Scott

Assistant Vice President of Graduate Academic Services

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Tawana Scott is a graduate of The University of Georgia, North Greenville University, and Union University. She has served North Greenville University for 10 years as Director of Graduate Enrollment, Dean of Graduate Enrollment, Dean of Graduate Academic Services and most recently as Assistant Vice President of Graduate Academic Services. She also serves in the role of adjunct teaching for the graduate school. One of her greatest passions is assisting students reach their educational goals.

 

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