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Course of Study

Course Credit Hours
Foundations for Research and Inquiry:
EDL 710 History and Trends in Education
Students will review major trends and events influencing the history and development of US education. Considerations include its purposes, variety, curriculum, diversity of  students and personnel, governance, oversight, funding, and quality. Particular attention will be directed to current and emerging issues, including global and online developments, which students will analyze and address in the contexts of policy and practice.
EDL 720 Introduction to Research
Students will gain competency in quantitative and qualitative methods for conducting meaningful independent inquiry and research. They will learn an overview of research intent and design, methodology and technique, format and presentation, and data management and analysis informed by commonly used statistical methods. They will review the use of organizational and social science theory to analyze post-secondary education.
Organizations and their Development:
EDL 730 Politics and Educational Policy
Students will be introduced to the complex and often contested field of politics and education. The purpose of the course is to provide students with an understanding of the forces that shape educational policy, with an emphasis on governance structures, stakeholders, public engagement, and current policy issues and political contexts. This course involves an overview of the process by which education policy is formed, implemented, evaluated, and changed. It will equip students with basic knowledge to enter and participate in policy formation, explore how political systems respond to needs and initiatives, and generate ideas about how to evaluate policy implementation and provide useful feedback to policy makers.
EDL 740 Organization Development and Change
This course focuses on the fundamental principles of organization development, culture and exploring the impact of leadership on the change process. Students will be introduced to frameworks, techniques, and perspectives that expand current beliefs and assumptions about ways to transform practice through a strategically planned process.
EDL 750 Ethical Foundations of Leadership
The Ethical Foundations of Leadership course develops a framework for ethical thinking and reflection. The course emphasizes the moral, ethical and social responsibilities of organizational leaders, as well as the application of principles to organizational leadership behavior and decision-making. Students will also investigate current research trends regarding ethical issues in education, non-for-profit, and other organizational contexts, including research.
EDL 760 Strategic Marketing and Enrollment Management
In today’s increasingly competitive marketplace, higher education Institutions must utilize the most sophisticated techniques to attract and retain students. This course reviews strategic marketing and enrollment best practices including building and marketing the brand, strategies for attracting applicants, the touch points across the application process, and predicting and managing enrollment trends. Topics such as market vs. mission, accreditation, and assessment will also be explored. The course focuses on ways to attract and retain students and integrate them into the institution’s community.
EDL 770 Qualitative Research Methods
Students will study qualitative research design appropriate to doctoral research. Topics include theory and applications with practice in selected qualitative methods, benefits, limitations and use of qualitative design, selection of a design appropriate to the study and procedures for applying the methodology.
EDL 780 Quantitative Research and Mixed Designs
Students will develop an understanding of quantitative and mixed research designs for doctoral work. Topics include quantitative and mixed design theory, applications and benefits, selection of a design appropriate to the study, and procedures for applying the methodologies. Students will be introduced to a statistical package.
Learning and Accountability:
EDL 790 Organizational Strategy and Student Services
The student body results from both organizational strategy and social forces.  Attracting, admitting, retaining, developing, graduating and tracing its particular students are essential responsibilities of a college. Studies include theories, practices and assessments of student services, especially practices that align services for students with the mission of the college, promote student success and engage them in community. Students will recognize the range and complexity of the organization and delivery of such services, and study best practices that promote institutional mission.
EDL 810 Emerging Technologies
The ever-changing landscape of technology impacts leadership from a variety of settings. Students will consider the impact of technology relative to enhancing student learning and engagement and will be introduced to major academic and administrative functions. They will explore commercial and creative applications and their potential. Cost, outsourcing and infrastructure issues are included.
EDL 820 Dissertation Prospectus
Students will focus on dissertation research planning to explore and propose the theoretical framework that will guide their research, and the contribution it can make to educational leadership. They will develop focus statements for their dissertations, with a draft of possible outcomes, plan for dissertation committee members, identify possible research designs, and develop plans for the literature review.
EDL 830 Planning and Assessment
Students will be introduced to processes for planning, implementing and evaluating curriculum in higher education institutions, including the particular needs of community colleges. They will examine the social, philosophical and historical roots of curriculum planning and development in higher education and explore assessment and evaluation practices that ensure program quality.
EDL 840 Teaching and Learning
Students will gain a perspective on the impact of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in post-secondary education. They will be introduced to current research in higher education in the areas of instructional methodologies and will gain an understanding of teaching and learning as a field of study. Students will become familiar with leading researchers and their work and will explore best practices that reflect the norms, tools and conventions that have remained current within this area of inquiry.
Administering and Accountability:
EDL 850 Strategic Fundraising and Philanthropy
New tactics for developing collaborative, partnership-based approaches to fundraising and philanthropy will be explored. This course is designed to provide a unique understanding of philanthropy in today’s world. In the competitive nonprofit sector, fundraising requires increased sophistication in matching the donor’s values with an organization’s mission. You will learn strategies for building long-term relationships with your donors and obtaining major gifts to support the mission and value of your organization.
EDL 860 Talent Management
Students will study practices in human resource management with a focus on how to attract and retain talent, develop and work through teams, and require optimum performance in both organized and right to work environments. Basic topics include hiring and orientation, performance evaluation and management including coaching and counseling, and exit interviews. Special topics will include communications, talent development, wellness, diversity and succession planning.
EDL 870 Leading Change
In this course, students will demonstrate application of the learnings gained throughout the EdD program by studying how leaders manage change to create agile and responsive organizations.  We will analyze the forces that drive institutions to change, examine impediments to change, and review a range of approaches for effectively leading institutional change.  The objectives of this course allow for exploration of what is known and what is not known about institutional transformation, for developing a framework for understanding the processes, and for exploring the implications for leading institutions in the future.
Total Semester Hours for Coursework:
EDL 890 Dissertation
Students will successfully complete their dissertations under the direction of dissertation advisors. Each student is expected to complete a rigorous and robust study of a current trend, issue, organizational or educational intervention, or educational inquiry that results in a professional body of knowledge that can be applied in the field of higher education. The student's research and writing will be reviewed on an on-going basis by the advisor.
Total Semester Hours for Program:
College of Education and Health Services
Benedictine University

Christopher Duffrin, Ph.D.
 Dean of the College of Education and Health Services

Erica George
Assistant to the Dean

Phone: (630) 829-6084

Hours: 8:30 a.m. -  4:30 p.m.

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