Ph.D. in Educational Administration

Degrees in Educational Administration at the University of Southern Mississippi are offered in a Traditional Delivery Format.  Courses are offered at both the Building Level and the District Level.  The Doctorate in Educational Administration prepares graduate students to become leaders who can bring about change in P-12 schools through an understanding and application of communication skills, team building, supervision, and educational research.  The Doctorate degree requires  a total of 54 to 69 hours of coursework beyond the Master’s degree.  Each candidate must maintain a 3.5 minimum GPA, pass comprehensive exams, complete 12 hours of research tools, and successfully defend a dissertation. 

Plan of Study 

 

The Plan of Study for the Building Level Doctorate degree requires the following courses:

Required Foundation Courses (27 hours):

  • EDA 600    Introduction to Educational Leadership
  • EDA 628    Contextual Dimensions of the Principalship
  • EDA 620    Instructional Leadership – Superv. & Prof. Dvlp.
  • EDA 700    Public School Finance
  • EDA 704    School Community Relations
  • EDA 706    Education Facilities Development and Management
  • EDA 708    Developing and Managing Human Resources
  • EDA 710    School Law
  • EDA 736    Practicum in Supervision

Required Research Tools (12 hours):

  • REF 761    Experimental Design (Prerequisite = REF 602)
  • REF 762    Advanced Regression Analysis (Prerequisite = REF 761)
  • REF 893    Advanced Educational Research
  • Qualitative Research Course (e.g., EDA 792, CIE 790)

Required Dissertation (12 hours):

  • EDA 898    Dissertation in Educational Administration

 

The Plan of Study for the District Level Doctorate degree requires the following courses:

Required Foundation Courses (33 hours):

  • EDA 700    Public School Finance
  • EDA 701Analysis of Teaching Behavior
  • EDA 702Administrative Approaches to Technology
  • EDA 704    School Community Relations
  • EDA 708    Developing and Managing Human Resources
  • EDA 710    School Law
  • EDA 720Advanced Curriculum Development
  • EDA 738Practicum in Supervision
  • EDA 742Consensus Decision Making in Education
  • EDA 755The Superintendency
  • EDA 800Seminar: Theories in Educational Organization and Administration

Required Research Tools (12 hours):

  • REF 761    Experimental Design (Prerequisite = REF 602)
  • REF 762    Advanced Regression Analysis (Prerequisite = REF 761)
  • REF 893    Advanced Educational Research
  • Qualitative Research Course (e.g., EDA 792)

Required Dissertation (12 hours):

  • EDA 898    Dissertation in Educational Administration

 

IMPORTANT APPLICATION DEADLINES:

  • SUMMER and FALL 2014 Semesters

July 18, 2014