Interprofessional Leadership Ed.D., Special Education Cognate

  • 100% Online – You will never have to come to campus

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    Can complete in 3 years
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Offered 100% online, the Ed.D. in Interprofessional Leadership is cohort-based and structured with the working professional in mind. The priority application deadline for the 2021 cohort is February 15, 2021.

Program Overview

The Doctor of Education degree in Interprofessional Leadership allows for the study of leadership from an interprofessional perspective that is framed around questions of equity, ethics, and social justice to bring about solutions to complex problems of practice. The program prepares leaders who can construct and apply knowledge to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals, families, organizations, and communities. Field-based opportunities are provided to analyze problems of practice and use multiple frames to develop meaningful solutions.

Admissions Requirements

  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university for unconditional admission
  • Minimum 3.000 graduate GPA on a 4.000 point scale for unconditional admission
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Résumé
  • Goal statement (1-2 pages, explaining how applicant’s career intentions relate to and will be supported by the program, what they bring to the program, and how they intend to use the degree to affect their practice)
  • Three letters of recommendation from organizational supervisors evidencing the applicant’s leadership capacity and experience in the organization and/or from former professors attesting to the applicant’s capacity for doctoral work
  • Interview with designated program faculty (face-to-face or by video conference)
  • English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
    • Minimum 550 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based version)
    • Minimum 79 TOEFL IBT score (Internet-based version)
    • Minimum 77 MELAB score
    • Minimum 6.5 IELTS score
    • Minimum 58 PTE score

Applicants will be reviewed holistically based their professional experience and the requirements listed above. For more information about graduate admissions, please visit the Graduate Studies admission website. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

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The curriculum is 60 credit hours beyond the master’s degree, comprising the following:

  • 12 credit hours of research coursework to introduce students to different research methods, with a focus on applied research approaches.
  • 18 credit hours of major coursework to provide students with an understanding of interprofessional practice and essential understandings for functioning effectively in leadership positions
  • 12 credit hours of cognate coursework. Initial cognates at the time of development include Athletic Training Education, Cultural Foundations of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Technology, and Special Education.
  • 18 credit hours of capstone coursework completed over several semesters during which students will conduct research that will culminate in a scholarly, comprehensive paper or project

Student Learning Outcomes

The Ed.D. degree in Interprofessional Leadership will prepare graduates to:

  • Frame questions of organizational leadership, educational change and social justice to bring about solutions to complex problems of practice
  • Develop and demonstrate a professional knowledge base that integrates both practical and research knowledge, and that links theory with systemic and systematic inquiry
  • Construct and apply knowledge interprofessionally to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals, families, organizations and communities
  • Develop and demonstrate interprofessional collaboration and communication skills to work with diverse communities and to build partnerships
  • Analyze problems of practice and use multiple interprofessional frames to develop meaningful solutions
  • Generate, transform and use professional knowledge in practice
  • Integrate technology as a tool for teaching, learning, assessment, management, planning and communication

Cognate Areas

Athletic Training

This concentration area provides graduate students the opportunity to prepare for the rigors of academic positions in a college or university by blending discipline specific theory and practice strategies related to athletic training education.  This degree program will provide the student an opportunity to gain extensive knowledge in higher education as a whole while developing critical skills necessary to establish a strong foundation in athletic training educational leadership. A comprehensive project directly related to athletic training education will allow the student to address a contemporary issue in the profession through purposeful research strategies to generate educational change within the discipline.

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Cultural Foundations

This concentration area prepares students for leadership roles in educational settings seeking to address problems of practice that reflect broad societal problems and thus defy simple solutions. Immersion in the literature of the field of social foundations of education will expose students to historical, sociological, anthropological and philosophical understandings that will enable them to contextualize problems of practice within and beyond their particular institutional setting. Students will develop facility with conceptual, critical and normative modes of analysis needed to unpack contemporary problems of practice and propose approaches to addressing them in ways that do justice to their complexity. This terminal degree program will appeal to students who are already grappling with these problems in institutional settings and to those who wish to prepare themselves for such roles.

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Curriculum & Instruction

This concentration area prepares students to be curriculum leaders in their classrooms, schools and communities.  Students will attain the knowledge and skills necessary to identify, conceptualize and research important problems related to the practice of curriculum development, curriculum leadership and curriculum evaluation. Additionally, students will learn to develop, implement, and evaluate solutions that are informed by currently available theory and research in curriculum and instruction.  The Curriculum and Instruction cognate provides doctoral level training to anyone seeking to lead positive curricular change in classrooms, schools and communities.

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Educational Technology

This concentration area aims to prepare leaders who are conversant in critical research, theories, and methods in educational technology to facilitate positive change in their professional settings. It is designed to help you advance your knowledge in educational technology research to implement educational technology initiatives in educational and business environments using research-informed and data-driven decisions.

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Special Education

This concentration area prepares students for leadership roles in improving the practice of special education (birth to adulthood).  Students will attain the knowledge and skills necessary to identify and conceptualize important problems related to the practice of special education, and to develop, implement, and evaluate solutions that are informed by the best available research and theory in special education and related disciplines.  The Special Education concentration provides doctoral level training to anyone seeking to lead positive change in how special education and related services are provided to learners with disabilities.

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