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Concordia University Irvine

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership

School of Education

Preparing Transformative Leaders

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership is a graduate program designed for working professionals like you who want to advance their careers in education or administrative leadership. Concordia University Irvine’s integrated curriculum offers practical instruction in leadership so that you can guide diverse learning organizations toward continuous improvement and sustained effectiveness. Through your study of theory and applied research, you will come to embody the knowledge, character, and skills needed to be a catalyst for change. Because your lives are busy, our coursework offers flexible and convenient scheduling online, along with an integrated dissertation track, while retaining the benefits of face-to-face interaction. Graduate students choose from three areas of specialization offered within the Doctor of Education in Leadership degree: Educational Administration, Organizational Change or Special Education.

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Program Highlights

  • 3 Areas of Specialization: Graduate students choose from Educational Administration, Organizational Change or Special Education.
  • Blended Delivery Option: Concordia’s Ed.D. provides a flexible delivery system that utilizes face-to-face, on-campus classroom sessions; real-time, online video conferencing; and self-paced learning modules.
  • Fully Online Option: For students who do not live near campus, 我们提供在线远程学习选项,利用同步和异步交付.
  • 3 Years to Complete: The typical length of a term for each course is eight (8) weeks which allows you to graduate in as few as 33 to 36 months.
  • Student Cohorts: You will belong to a small cohort strategically arranged to facilitate interaction and learning among your fellow students and faculty.
  • Integrated Dissertation Track您将享受个性化的学习计划和高级教师的支持, designed to guide you through the dissertation process.
  • Fieldwork Experience:课程中包含了教育旅行,以增强您对政策的理解, law, and culture affect learning organizations.
  • Experienced Christian Educators: The doctoral program enables frequent real-time interaction with faculty members who are deeply committed to educational and instructional practices that better meet the needs of every learner.
  • Competitive Price per Unit: The Concordia Ed.D. is priced near or below other Ed.D. 南加州的项目和学费被“锁定”三年.
  • Clear Administrative Services Credential Program: Enroll with the Orange County Department of Education at any time and fulfill your coursework requirements through Concordia University Irvine.

Instructional Learning Options: Blended or Fully Online

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我们相信经常与同学和老师进行实时互动是很有价值的. 我们的教育博士课程通过混合或完全在线的教学方法提供. This means less or no time on campus, more time online, and the flexibility to fit continuing education into your home, family, and work life.

Our blended delivery option utilizes face-to-face, on-campus classroom sessions; real-time, online (video conferencing) learning sessions; and self-paced learning modules. Our fully online option uses state-of-the art technology to bring students and faculty together on real-time conference calls and 24/7 learning modules. Both options provide students an accommodative learning environment that encourages interaction and learning among students and faculty throughout each academic term.

You will also enjoy the experience of educational travel. The Ed.D. field work is a continuation of your learning, providing a rich context for applying your academic knowledge, a social laboratory to conduct project observation and research, 以及一个建立和加深与同辈同学关系的环境.

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Cohort Membership to Promote Success

在线博士课程的学生集体完成一系列课程. 一起开始和完成课程的共同目标鼓励学生们一起工作, 哪一个促进了个人关系的发展和职业网络的建立. 群组成员使学生能够相互支持并向其他学生学习, 提高期望,所有的学生将努力完成课程的成功.

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Curriculum and Integrated Dissertation Track

博士课程的目的是培养体现知识的变革性领导者, competencies, 以及指导组织走向持续改进和持续有效性的必要技能. The program accomplishes this purpose through a rigorous and integrated curriculum focusing on theory and applied research in leadership, with emphasis on systems thinking in the development of analytical skills applicable to dynamic and diverse learning organizations.

The dissertation track is designed to immerse students in research from the beginning through completion of the program. Starting the research process at the beginning of the program allows students to integrate their coursework topics into their study, 并允许他们通过论文的步骤不断进步. In addition to a dedicated advisor, and the support of the dissertation committee, research benchmarks are integrated across the curriculum to ensure that you have an appropriate foundation to build upon.

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Educational Trips

Concordia’s Ed.D. 该项目在课程中整合了两次教育旅行:一次是到华盛顿特区的必修课.C., and an optional international trip, most recently to the People’s Republic of China.

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Washington, D.C.

Concordia University’s doctoral program integrates educational trips within the curriculum to enhance your understanding of how policy, law, and culture affect learning organizations. You will travel to Washington, D.C., and meet with government officials to discuss standards, policies, and entities that presently guide decisions at the national level and how political aspects impact education policy.

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People’s Republic of China

You can also choose to travel to the People’s Republic of China to interact with Chinese colleagues and students to generate a comparative analysis of different educational systems and to identify desirable attributes to integrate within their local educational system. These trips also offer students and faculty the opportunity to build a sense of community and camaraderie within the cohort.

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Ed.D. Spotlight

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Concordia's School of Education was selected by the California Department of Education to conduct a major evaluation for a new statewide entity, the California Early Childhood Special Education Network (CalECSE). Concordia received a $150,为这项工作提供1万英镑的资助,同时还将资助4名博士生作为研究人员.

Belinda Dunnick Karge

Belinda Dunnick Karge: Publishing To Improve Mentorship

Belinda Dunnick Karge, PhD, on the doctoral faculty in Concordia University Irvine’s School of Education, has collaborated on a number of recently-published papers, 主要是与康考迪亚大学欧文分校的博士校友或学生合作. Full Story

Reyes Gauna

Reyes Gauna: From Orchards to Educational Leadership

Dr. 雷耶斯·高纳(Reyes Gauna)是北加州拜伦联合学区的负责人. He may have a big title and a ton of responsibilities, but Dr. Gauna says he never forgets his humble beginnings. Dr. Gauna started out as a school custodian in a nearby district. He held that job for four years while he was in college, then worked his way up to campus safety monitor. He was then inspired to become a teacher, and next, an administrator. Full Story

Nnenna Okpara

Nnenna Okpara: Empowering Her Community

Nnenna has been working in Special Education her entire career. 她最近的职位是一个大型城市学区的项目专家, she is actively involved with teachers, administrators, 以及家长们在满足她所在地区有特殊需要的孩子的需求方面. Her coursework at Concordia not only gave her the practical skills to support her community but also has helped her to understand the global impact education needs to have. Full Story

Dissertation: 特许学校管理者有效包容实践视角的混合方法研究

Vendetta Dozier Brown

Vendetta Dozier Brown: A Passion for Literacy

Long before Concordia, as a teacher and administrator, Vendetta had a passion for being a voice for the children in her school district and was particularly vocal about the fact that the children weren't reading and writing at acceptable levels. 她在尔湾康考迪亚大学的时光加深了她对这个问题的热情, 并激励她继续在她的社区工作,以提高识字率. Full Story

Dissertation: Improving Students' Writing Skills in the Age of Common Core: The Effectiveness of Explicit Prewriting Instruction and Teachers' Views, Perceptions, and Concerns Regarding Implementation

Vonda Rogers

Vonda Rogers: Stepping Out in Faith

当我们想到要和中学生呆上一整天时,大多数人都会感到畏缩,但旺达不会. 她一直对青少年有一颗同情之心,对平等和公平充满热情. That combination has made this middle school science teacher a powerful force for change on her large urban middle school campus where she is educating her entire community on culture and the need for understanding one another. Full Story

Dissertation: 灵性与青少年同伴受害的观点和经历之间的关系

LaVonne Riggs

LaVonne Riggs: Engaging in Restorative Practices

LaVonne has been sticking up for the underdog her whole life. Long before she came to Concordia she was passionate about standing against injustice and standing up for those who don’t have a seat at the table or who have been looked at as “less-than.她目前的工作是帮助大学生在高等教育中实施恢复性实践. Full Story

Corinna Lee-Hathuc

Corinna Lee-Hathuc: Impacting Educators

从她记事起,科琳娜就一直想成为一名教育家. But growing up as the daughter of a teacher, 要区分她母亲的梦在哪里结束,她的梦在哪里开始,并不总是那么容易. 直到她走出课堂,进入行政部门,这个使命才成为她自己的使命. Full Story

William Nelson

William Nelson: Uplifting Students to Reach Their Goals

Will’s goal is to uplift his students, 给他们提供了比他年轻时更多的机会. 他坚信一个学生的成功远远超出了学生个人, but also impacts the students’ family and community. The more success a student has in school, the more likely they’ll find success in their adult lives - hopefully a future with less reliance on government resources. Full Story

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Faculty Spotlight

Concordia University has a strong faculty of experienced Christian educators who are faithful to the university’s mission to “empower students. . . for lives of learning, service, and leadership.“我们的博士课程的结构使学生和教师之间能够频繁的实时互动, in both face-to-face and online settings.

About the School of Education at Concordia

The School of Education has a rich tradition of training teachers. 我们的毕业生在世界各地教书,这是我们走向世界和服务的使命的一部分. Our Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)认证的课程目前在校园里为一千多名研究生和本科生提供服务, online, and in our regional cohorts in Temecula, Orange County, Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire. Concordia graduates are recognized as outstanding in their field.

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