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During the first year studying in the Ed.D., students complete foundational courses providing a strong knowledge base in the principles and practices of doctoral study, educational leadership and organizational change. In the second year, study advances to current topics and trends in leadership, technology, student services, curriculum, teaching, learning and resource and people management. The major theme is leading organizations through constructive change. Students receive guidance and University support throughout the program.
Dissertation preparation and research extend through the program. By the third year, students are actively engaged in completing a dissertation. Related to the student’s specialized interests, the study is expected to constitute a significant contribution to knowledge in the field of post-secondary education. Candidates are expected to relate this knowledge to the theories, concepts and methodologies of their study in organizational development, and include implications for further research and theory development. The dissertation is presented and defended at the final oral defense.