The Ph.D. programs in Educational Leadership at Purdue University develop leaders for the schools of Indiana and the nation. The graduate programs at West Lafayette offer preparation in educational leadership for PK-12 schools and school districts. The Cohort Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership concentrates on K-12 superintendent preparation and features the use of distance education technologies to reach remote sites throughout Indiana. Although it utilizes distance learning technology such as interactive video and on-line conferencing such as WebCT/Vista to supplement class discussions, it is not an on-line degree program.
As a performance-based, NCATE-accredited preparation program, the curriculum focuses on the eight standards for district administrators. Within that structure there is a heavy emphasis on policy and planning, school culture, change, and technology. The core curriculum explores contemporary educational issues as they play out in urban settings, in suburbia, and in rural America. The reforms associated with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 demand that schools educate all students. Developing these schools requires school leaders with competencies in systems analysis, planning, fostering change, and building consensus and collaboration. Above all, these school leaders must first be educators with a compelling vision of what education can mean for students. The Cohort Doctoral Program strives to develop leaders with those qualities.
Each year a select group of 8-10 students is admitted as a cohort. The cohort core courses are offered at West Lafayette and via distance education technology to other select sites in Indiana. Students usually have two required on-campus Saturday class meetings for their core course each semester. Weekend on-campus summer courses are also required.
The Ph.D. program involves a minimum of 63 semester hours, preliminary examinations, and a dissertation. Applicants are expected to have earned a master’s degree in educational leadership and/or hold a principal’s license.Courses in the cohort program are coordinated with superintendent licensing course requirements. Upon completion of Ph.D. or Ed.S. degrees, graduates are eligible for an Indiana District Administrator license for Superintendent. The program consists of a set of seven core courses in educational leadership. The program is designed so students will complete cohort doctoral core coursework in two and a half years. Students are expected to attend all cohort course courses in sequence throughout the program.
The program contains a sequence of 15 hours of research design and methods courses, 9 hours of curriculum and technology-related courses, and 15-18 dissertation research hours. Students will schedule on a case-by-case basis additional electives and courses that may be required to complete the degree and license.
Applicants from diverse cultural, ethnic, and professional backgrounds are encouraged. Applicants must submit current Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores – Verbal, Quantitative, Analytic, a vitae, official transcripts of previous coursework, three letters of recommendation: one addressing academic potential, one addressing leadership/ administrative potential, a statement of purpose, and responses to a supplemental questionnaire. Completed application materials for Fall admissions are due by April 15th.
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