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Course Sequences

Overview of Courses for Each Program/Degree

Master's and Ed.S. Degree

The EDLE faculty have worked over the years to scaffold the sequence of courses so one course builds on the next course. Due to the sequencing of courses, each cohort begins in the fall of the academic year. The courses required for the degree are also concurrent courses for principal licensure in Ohio. Upon completion of the program, students are required to complete all documents aligned with licensure as well as licensure exams independent of the university. If this paperwork is not completed within one year of graduation, candidates may need to take additional coursework as licensure and university requirements change.

*All international students will begin in the fall semester with other cohort members. International students who are not currently working as a certified teacher in a U.S. K-12 public school are not eligible to earn a principal license; therefore, students will earn a master's degree without licensure.

Sequence of Courses

Fall 1

  • Fundamentals of Educational Administration
  • Leading for Social Justice

Spring 1

  • Culture, Politics, and Reform
  • Research in Educational Services

Summer Intersession 1

  • Administrator’s Role In Curriculum Development
  • Instructional Leadership

Summer I

  • School Law 
  • School Finance 

Fall 2

  • Community Relations
  • Principles and Techniques of Supervision

Spring 2

  • The Principalship
  • Internship

Summer Intersession 2

  • Culturally Responsive Leadership  OR  Urban Education Administration                      
  • Administration and Supervision of Special Education 

Doctor of Philosophy Degree

When considering a Ph.D., there are four components to this degree: 1) coursework aligned to area of interest; 2) research course requirements; 3) comprehensive exams; and 4) dissertation.

  1. Coursework aligned to area of interest:

If you currently have a master's degree in another area besides Educational Leadership K-12 (Math, Special Education, School Counseling, etc.), you will follow the Master's/Ed.S. sequence of courses:

Fall 1

  • Fundamentals of Educational Administration
  • Leading for Social Justice

Spring 1

  • Culture, Politics, and Reform
  • Research in Educational Services

Summer Intersession 1

  • Administrator’s Role In Curriculum Development
  • Instructional Leadership

Summer I

  • School Law 
  • School Finance 

Fall 2

  • Community Relations
  • Principles and Techniques of Supervision

Spring 2

  • The Principalship
  • Internship

Summer Intersession 2

  • Culturally Responsive Leadership  OR  Urban Education Administration                      
  • Administration and Supervision of Special Education 

If you are currently an administrator and have a master's degree in Educational Leadership K-12 you may want to consider beginning your Ph.D. with the following coursework to obtain your superintendent license:

Summer:

  • Facilities Planning and Administration
  • School Finance and Economics

Fall:

  • Personnel
  • Leading for Social Justice

Spring:

  • The Superintendency 
  • Internship in Educational Administration

To fulfill the rest of the required coursework, you will also need to take courses in other areas such as Cultural Foundations, Higher Education Administration, or Curriculum and Instruction

2. Research course requirements:

After completing of core coursework, Ph.D. students take 15 hours (5 classes) of research courses. An example of these courses include: Educational Statistics I, Qualitative Research, and Quantitative Research. Please see Evaluation and Measurement for additional course offerings.

3. Comprehensive Exams

Students will meet with their coursework advisor to determine how the comprehensive exams will be completed. Students, along with their committee of two EDLE faculty members and an optional third outside member (e.g., Cultural Foundations, Special Education, Evaluation and Measurement), can chose from a variety of formats. Before taking comprehensive exams, students must complete EDLE 80080 Dissertation Preparation Seminar offered in spring semester.

4. Dissertation

Dissertation proposal must be defended within two years of successfully completing comprehensive exams.