The doctoral program requires a doctoral examination and a minimum of 75 hours: 60 hours of course work and 15 hours of dissertation research. Students are also required to complete a residency requirement.
All students must meet with an advisor to develop a Course Planning Document for CPED Ed.D. Applicants holding a Type 75 Certificate (General Administrative-Principal) and having at least two years administrative leadership experience may work towards either a Doctor of Philosophy or a Doctor of Education degree. The Doctor of Education program primarily serves those seeking P-12 positions. The Doctor of Philosophy program serves those interested in focusing on research. EAF is currently not taking applications for Ph.D. In the CPED Ed.D. Candidates may also complete certification requirements for the Superintendent Certification or Chief School Business Official within the program, essentially obtaining 2 endorsements and the doctorate in one program of study. Courses are offered nights and weekends to accommodate schedules of full-time educational professionals. Some online options exist for select courses. Doctoral degree students have eight years to complete the degree. Learn about the orientation, guidelines through the course of study, and information about the dissertation and defense.
All doctoral students in the EAF department, whether in the P-20 or higher education concentrations, are asked to complete a core curriculum of 30 hours that focus on administrative theory and educational leadership (6 hours), qualitative and quantitative research design (6 hours), key issues in doctoral-level scholarship (3 hours), and – at the dissertation stage – work on dissertation research itself (15 hours).
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Total Hours 75
To successfully complete Educational Administration and Foundations courses, students in all programs are expected to have frequent and convenient access to a computer and Internet resources. Review the EAF technology requirements.
While you cannot count master's degree hours toward a doctorate, you can count up to 30 hours from an education specialist program towards a doctoral degree with a stipulation that the transferred hours have to occur within eight years from the time one graduates. For example, students who defend their dissertation in 2012 could only transfer in courses from 2004. They could not transfer courses taken earlier. Students must meet with the department chair or their advisor to complete the Course Planning Document.
Students are also required to complete a residency requirement that involves a minimum number of course hours rather than presence on the Illinois State campus. Applicants with a recent education specialist degree from an accredited institution must take at least 30 hours beyond the education specialist coursework and 15 dissertation hours.