60 Unit Curriculum

Students who do not have a master's degree but have substantial work and leadership experience will be required to complete the full 60 units of coursework over four years.



Creating Communities of Interest (EDUC 508)

Students will establish a professional foundation as well as their philosophy and approach as educators.

Learning and Motivation (EDUC 503)

This course focuses on design and advancement of learning and motivation outcomes through the examination and application of current research.


Human Lifespan Development (EDUC 589)

Students will learn the fundamentals of physical, motor, mental, social and emotional development, spanning the prenatal period through late adulthood.

Diversity: Power, Equity and Inclusion (EDUC 591)1

Students will learn and develop strategies to empower individuals and marginalized groups by intervening to achieve equitable outcomes in education and communities.

Research Design and Data Analysis (EDUC 570)1

This course covers various research designs and basic statistical methods for professionals, addressing questions and challenges in research.


Instructional Design (EDUC 595)

Students will learn how to design and develop effective instruction for a variety of content areas and audiences.

Assessment and Evaluation (EDUC 582)1

Students will learn the different ways in which learning, motivation and performance can be assessed, including formative and summative, qualitative and quantitative methods.

Media Selection and Evaluation (EDUC 579)1

Students will study current research and practical methods for selecting and evaluating media and their role in modern learning environments.

Research (EDUC 790)1

Students complete directed research and produce a literature review that presents solutions to a professionally relevant problem of practice.



Framing Educational Leadership in a Global Context (EDUC 603)

This course will help students develop the critical analysis and academic literacy skills to identify, research and present educational leadership issues in various contexts.

Creativity and Innovation (EDUC 620)

Students will learn practical strategies and creative thinking methods to produce innovative results through hands-on experiments, practice and review.


Leadership (EDUC 524)

Students will examine leadership principles, concepts and theories that will allow them to reflect on their own leadership styles and apply what they learn to real-life situations and organizational challenges.

Diversity (EDUC 523)

Students will tackle issues of diversity, including access and equity, as it relates to culture, ethnicity, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and ability. Students will also learn how to identify and utilize diversity as an asset in the professional setting.


Accountability (EDUC 522)

This course will help leaders understand, analyze and cope with the challenges and demands of accountability.

Educational Performance Problems: The Role of Learning (EDUC 627)

Students will learn to analyze organizational learning and motivation, and make evidence-based recommendations for interventions to promote positive development in organizational contexts.



Inquiry Methods 1 (EDUC 532)

This course focuses on providing students with foundational knowledge about the nature of research and preparing students to conduct “inquiry,” which is the systematic collection and analysis of data for answering research questions and solving identified problems of practice.

Analyzing Organizational Change and Its Effectiveness (EDUC 725)

This course examines how organizational change and reform take place. Students will learn about different organizational systems and structures.


Inquiry Methods 2 (EDUC 536)

As the second in a series of three research methods courses, this course’s main objective is to help students build skills they will need to conduct research for their dissertations. This course will prepare students to develop data collection protocols and instruments as well as to learn how to gather data for their dissertations.

Using Communication to Facilitate Organizational Change (EDUC 730)

Students will apply their written and verbal skills to real-life leadership situations.


Economics of Organizational Change and Learning Environments (EDUC 731)

This course focuses on budget planning, research and assessing fiscal viability of a project.

Evaluating and Assessing System Outcomes (EDUC 723)

This course will prepare students to analyze and present qualitative and quantitative data. It will also address ethical issues in reporting as well as validity/credibility and trustworthiness of the findings/results.



Building Capacity for Organizational Change (EDUC 732)

Students will learn how to build organizational capacity by fostering personnel growth, and promoting transparency, learning and inclusion in the workplace.

Capstone A (Reflection) (EDUC 764a)

Students will reflect and assess their abilities as a leader in a final report and portfolio that includes program coursework.


Capstone B (Dissertation in Practice) (EDUC 764b)

Students will finalize and defend their dissertation in practice, reflective report and portfolio.

1Students can choose either 591 or 570.
2Students can choose any of the following combinations: 582+579, 582+790 or 579+790