ELO Course Descriptions and Rotation

PhD in ELO Course Descriptions

The following courses should be taken in the order shown.

Required Courses: 30 hours

  • EDSP 6003. Single Subject Research. In-depth exploration of single subject research and designing single case research studies. Single-subject methodologies including multiple baseline, alternating treatment, reversal/withdrawal, and changing criterion designs; visual analysis of single-subject data; and critical reading and evaluation of published single-subject research studies across disciplines including special education, psychology, kinesiology, and other social sciences. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
  • READ 6483. Qualitative Research. Theories and methods of qualitative research conducted in social settings. Prerequisite: Doctoral status. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
  • HDFS 6693: Advanced Quantitative Research Methods in Family Sciences. Advanced quantitative research design and its application in family sciences; analysis and evaluation of quantitative research; data interpretation; emphasis on hypotheses, variables, ethics, instrumentation, sampling, reliability, and validity; preparation of a quantitative research plan. Prerequisites: A master's level research methods course and a graduate level statistics course. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
  • ELDR 6103: Leading with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Leading with a purpose to ensure that all persons within an organization understand and employ the principles and leadership skills that enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion. Credit: Three hours.
  • ELDR 6913. Independent Study: Special Problems in Leadership and Organizations. Individual study of special problems in leadership and organizations. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Credit: Three hours.
  • ELDR 6983. Dissertation. May be repeated for credit. Credit: Three hours.
  • ELDR 6993. Dissertation. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: EDUC 6983. Credit: Three hours.
  • ELDR 6603. Politics, Policy, and Ethics. Concepts, theories, and perspectives in educational policy, politics, and ethics and implications for equity, power, and policymaking. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
  • MGT 5263. Organizational Behavior in Business Administration. Organizational problems which involve the human factor; perspective for understanding and predicting behavior in formal organizations; interrelationships of structural and behavioral changes. Survey of research on organization in private and public organizations. Prerequisite: Degree in business or permission of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
  • ELDR 6433: Doctoral Seminar: Leadership Theory. Study of the modern theories of leadership, management, and leadership development. Applied overview of the key concepts and principles of leadership and leadership development as related to educational and community-based roles. Credit: Three hours

Prescribed Elective Courses Track I - Superintendent/EC-12 Leadership:15 hours

  • ELDR 6233. The Superintendency and School District Leadership. The superintendency and school district leadership in the social, economic, and political contexts that affect schooling and frameworks for identifying and analyzing problems of practice and courses of action. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
  • ELDR 6303. Administration of Teacher and Student Personnel. Analysis of the problems, characteristics, and potentialities of elementary and secondary school students, teachers, and other personnel; policies, schedules, strategies, and procedures to help students and teachers to enhance effective learning. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
  • ELDR 6403. Seminar in School Administration. A thorough review of all aspects of school administration, including contemporary issues which affect schools. Three seminar hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
  • ELDR 6503. School Finance. The principles and concepts of public school finance at the local, state, and federal levels, and district level support services. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
  • ELDR 6663. Internship in School Administration. Practical experience in a variety of school administration positions under the guidance and supervision of active central office administrators. Application of concepts and competencies in realistic situations. Eight practicum hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

Prescribed Elective Courses Track II - Higher Education: 15 hours

  • ELDR 6443: Student Affairs in Higher Education. An overview of the profession of student affairs. Analysis and evaluation of issues, challenges, and trends facing student affairs in higher education institutions. Content includes key concepts, internal and external factors affecting student affairs in areas including enrollment management, diversity, safety, advising and counseling, placement testing, residential life, health services, and student activities. Credit: Three hours.
  • ELDR 6453: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Higher Education. Focus on current issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education and examination of these concepts from different theoretical perspectives. Topics include diverse student populations, affirmative action, and transformational leadership as related to diversity (including race, religion, gender, ethnicity, and culture), equity, and inclusion. Credit: Three hours.
  • ELDR 6463: Resource Management in Higher Education. Study of resources, practices and procedures of finance and economics as related to post-secondary education. Provides investigation of specific and current educational finance issues affecting educational institutions. Credit: Three hours.
  • ELDR 6473: Organization and Administration in Higher Education. Exploration of organizational and administrative theory as related to colleges and universities and assessment of the roles of major administrative units of the institution. Purpose is to aid students seeking to become college or university administrators or faculty members. Credit: Three hours.
  • ELDR 6483: Community Colleges: Issues and Trends. Analysis of the groups which mold and shape the two-year college as an institution; consideration of the three major adaptive responses of the college as an organization, administration, curriculum and instruction, and student personnel services; and analysis of fundamental issues facing the two-year college as it seeks to adapt to the social, educational, and economic needs of society. Credit: Three hours.

Prescribed Elective Course Track III - Interdisciplinary: Select 15 hours

  • BUS 5393. Leading High Performing Teams Strategies. Group theory, team dynamics, team membership and team leadership. Application of team theory in management, focusing on planning, organizing, and leading teams to solve business problems. Immersion in team dynamics through experiential activities, cases, and team projects. Credit: Three hours.
  • BUS 5553. Conflict Resolution. Application of principles and technical tools to solve human resource problems as found in employment, employee education and training, and labor relations. Credit: Three hours.
  • BUS 5633. Principles of Talent Development. Adult learning theory; needs assessment; creating objectives; design and development of programs using a variety of methods; evaluation; transfer of training; experiential learning. Credit: Three hours.
  • HDFS 6343. Effective College Teaching Methods. Methods of teaching college level courses; course design and delivery; syllabus and rubric development; assignments and assessments; test construction; principles and best practices for teaching online and in the classroom. Credit: Three hours.
  • HDFS 6433: Grant Writing. Study of available funding sources for human services programs; developing skills for requesting funds for an organization or agency; review and evaluation procedures. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

Courses Created and Approved by the Curriculum Committee:

  • ELDR 6433: Doctoral Seminar: Leadership Theory. Study of the modern theories of leadership, management, and leadership development. Applied overview of the key concepts and principles of leadership and leadership development as related to educational and community-based roles. Credit: Three hours
  • ELDR 6463: Resource Management in Higher Education. Study of resources, practices and procedures of finance and economics as related to post-secondary education. Provides investigation of specific and current educational finance issues affecting educational institutions. Credit: Three hours.
  • ELDR 6473: Organization and Administration in Higher Education. Exploration of organizational and administrative theory as related to colleges and universities and assessment of the roles of major administrative units of the institution. Purpose is to aid students seeking to become college or university administrators or faculty members. Credit: Three hours.
  • ELDR 6483: Community Colleges: Issues and Trends. Analysis of the groups which mold and shape the two-year college as an institution; consideration of the three major adaptive responses of the college as an organization, administration, curriculum and instruction, and student personnel services; and analysis of fundamental issues facing the two-year college as it seeks to adapt to the social, educational, and economic needs of society. Credit: Three hours.

Courses from Other Departments at TWU:

  • LS 5533. Internet Research for Non-Library Science Majors. Internet information research including file structures, web browsers, and online communication. Current Internet trends, issues, practices, and standardization; tools for research and evaluation of online resources. Credit: Three hours.

Courses from the TWU Master's in Teaching, Leadership, and Collaboration

(If students haven’t taken them, they can be used for specialization strand):

  • ELDR 5553: Introduction to Higher Education. This course covers the history and foundations of higher education, the organization of higher education institutions, and legal issues in higher education. Credit: Three hours.
  • ELDR 5563: Social, Academic, and Demographic Characteristics of University Students. This course provides a comprehensive examination of characteristics of undergraduate and graduate students, including outcomes and initiatives related to recruitment and retention. Credit: Three hours.
  • ELDR 5573: Higher Education Research to Practice. In this course, students will select an aspect of higher education of interest to them and conduct a supervised and specific project (i.e., applying theory to practice) related to that topic. Class meetings will include in-depth exploration of topical issues in higher education and collaboration on existing projects. Credit: Three hours.

Elective Courses

  • EDUC 5173. Diversity in the Classroom. Study of theoretical issues and practices that impact the education of students from diverse backgrounds or with diverse educational needs: linguistics, culture, economics. Students seeking initial teacher certification are required to complete 15 hours of early field experience. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
  • EDUC 5343. Models and Theories of Learning and Teaching. Theoretical background of learning and teaching linked to field-based experiences to expand the knowledge base and expertise of certified teachers. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
  • EDUC 5353. Adult Models of Learning and Teaching. Exploration of adult development to promote an expanded understanding of issues and practices in adult education. Focus on three core areas of concern in adult education: roots of andragogy, advances in adult learning, and practice in adult learning. Meets needs of professionals teaching or training adults in multiple contexts. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
  • EDUC 5423. Curriculum Studies. Contemporary and controversial issues in the field of curriculum including the study of the history of the field, multiple definitions of curriculum, paradigms, philosophies, and future prospects in the field. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
  • EDUC 5463. Assessment in the Classroom. Review of formal, informal, and alternative assessment; evaluation theory and strategies. Application of theory to classroom setting and development of curriculum-based approaches to assess student progress. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
  • EDUC 5563. Foundations of Higher Education. History and foundations of higher education, the organization of higher education institutions, and legal issues in higher education. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
  • EDUC 5573. Social, Academic, and Demographic Characteristics of University Students. Examination of undergraduate and graduate students' characteristics. Initiatives and outcomes related to student recruitment and retention. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
  • EDUC 5583. Higher Education: Research to Practice. In-depth exploration of topical issues in higher education culminating in a supervised project applying theory to practice and focused on an aspect of interest in higher education. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
  • ELDR 5123. Educational Foundations and Administrative Implications: Advancing Educational Leadership (AEL) systems. Historical, philosophical, and global influences on education systems. Leadership systems which build positive campus culture, use data and assessment to plan and deliver educational programs, lead instructional delivery, and increase student learning in today's diverse schools and related educational settings. Work of prominent leadership scholars to build reflective practices supporting these areas. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
  • ELDR 5203. Research in Education. Practice of skills for prospectus development, types of research, methods, techniques, and procedures of educational empirical research; research design, research writing, analyzing research reports, development of research skills for reading professional journals. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
  • ELDR 5223. Professional Development and Supervision in Education. The scope of professional development and supervision in instructional improvement and school renewal. Includes 10 hours of field experience. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
  • ELDR 5243. Leadership and Communication: Crucial Conversations. Crucial Conversations framework and supporting skills needed to develop or improve communication skills in the professional workplace. Focus on developing spontaneous speaking skills for the professional workplace. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
  • ELDR 5323. Administrative Processes in Schools. Business management processes including planning and administrative functions, site-based management, budget, facilities, technology, insurance, purchasing, human resources for certified and non-certified personnel, relationship of business management functions to teaching and learning environment. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
  • ELDR 5333. Curriculum Development, Assessment, and Evaluation. Major issues, problems, and trends in education; the role of educational leadership in curriculum, program development, assessment, and evaluation. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
  • ELDR 5353. Leadership and Special Programs. An overview of special programs, also known as federal programs. Focus on educational and legal issues facing educators concerning special programs. Special programs provide diverse curriculum offerings to a diverse student population. Includes 10 hours of field experience. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
  • ELDR 6113. Education Law. Introduction to education law; legal aspects of school administration, including legal rights and responsibilities of educational personnel and student personnel, law, and the curriculum. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
  • ELDR 6333: Doctoral Seminar: Education and Communities. Candidates develop collaborative leadership skills and knowledge about the relationship between educational entities and their local communities, the integration of campus and community culture, creating learning communities for all stakeholders, and the professional ethics governing all interactions. Credit: Three hours.
  • ELDR 6913. Independent Study. Individual study of special problems in special education. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Credit: Three hours.
  • HDFS 6303: Academic Life and Scholarship. Higher education culture from the perspective of a professor: university operations, including admissions, recruitment, university development, and funding sources; philosophies of teaching, research, and service; student characteristics and learning styles; university tenure and promotion issues; and professional identity. Credit: Three hours.
  • HDFS 6433. Grants Writing in Family Sciences. Study of available funding sources for human services programs; developing skills for requesting funds for an organization or agency; review and evaluation procedures. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
  • MATH 5573. Statistical Methods I. Probability distributions, graphical representations, curve fitting, hypothesis testing, regression and correlation, and applications. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
  • MATH 5583. Statistical Methods II. Statistical research tools including analysis of variance, chi-square tests, regression (simple and multiple), logistic regression, correlation, non parametric method, and survival analysis. Use of SPSS for the PC. Prerequisite: MATH 5573 or consent of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
  • READ 6493. Advanced Qualitative Research Design and Analysis. Advanced methods of qualitative research design, collection, and analysis of data gathered in social settings. Prerequisite: Graduate introductory level qualitative research course. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

PhD in ELO Course Rotation

Below is the prescribed sequence of courses (if students take two classes per long semester and three classes in one summer). All courses in italics may be transferred in from a master’s degree.

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Track I: Superintendent/EC-12 Leadership

First Year

Fall

First Year

Spring

First Year

Summer

Second Year

Fall

Second Year

Spring

Second Year

Summer

HDFS 6693 MATH 5583 EDSP 6003 READ 6483 READ 6493

ELDR 6913

(Spec Prob in Lead and Org)

ELDR 6303 ELDR 6403 ELDR 6603 MGT 5263 ELDR 6503 ELDR 6103*
    Elective      

Third Year

Fall

Third Year

Spring

Third Year

Summer

Fourth Year

Fall

Fourth Year

Spring

Fourth Year

Summer

ELDR 6233 ELDR 6433*

ELDR 6663

Internship

ELDR 6983

Dissertation I

ELDR 6983/6993 ELDR 6983/6993
Elective Elective Comprehensive Portfolio Exam Elective Elective Elective

* Indicates a new course for PhD in ELO

Track II: Higher Education

First Year

Fall

First Year

Spring

First Year

Summer

Second Year

Fall

Second Year

Spring

Second Year

Summer

HDFS 6693 ELDR 6103 EDSP 6003 READ 6483 READ 6493

ELDR 6913

(Spec Prob in Lead and Org)

ELDR 6453* Elective ELDR 6603 MGT 5263 ELDR 6433 ELDR 6443*
    Elective      

Third Year

Fall

Third Year

Spring

Third Year

Summer

Fourth Year

Fall

Fourth Year

Spring

Fourth Year

Summer

ELDR 6463* ELDR 6473* ELDR 6483*

ELDR 6983

Dissertation I

ELDR 6983/6993 ELDR 6983/6993
Elective Elective Comprehensive Portfolio Exam Elective Elective Elective

* Indicates a new course for PhD in ELO

Track III: Interdisciplinary

First Year

Fall

First Year

Spring

First Year

Summer

Second Year

Fall

Second Year

Spring

Second Year

Summer

HDFS 6693 ELDR 6103 EDSP 6003 READ 6483 READ 6493

ELDR 6913

(Spec Prob in Lead and Org)

ELDR 6453* Elective ELDR 6603 MGT 5263 ELDR 6433 ELDR 6443*
    Elective      

Third Year

Fall

Third Year

Spring

Third Year

Summer

Fourth Year

Fall

Fourth Year

Spring

Fourth Year

Summer

HDFS 6433 BUS 5393

MGT 5553

ELDR 6983

Dissertation I

ELDR 6983/6993 ELDR 6983/6993
Elective Elective MGT 5633 Comprehensive Portfolio Exam Elective HDFS 6343

* Indicates a new course for PhD in ELO

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