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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), Leadership & Learning: Curriculum & Instructional Leadership

Program Overview

The Doctor of Education in Leadership and Learning: Curriculum and Instructional Leadership program is designed to prepare working professionals to lead, teach, and consult in the public and private sectors. You’ll be equipped with the highest level of scholarship and practical experience relevant to service in traditional public, private, and online education settings, as well in educational businesses, churches, or nonprofit organizations. This 48-credit hour concentration prepares you to lead curriculum development, innovative learning experiences, and instructional best practices. This program could lead to a career as an instructional coach, instructional coordinator, curriculum designer, or training development manager.

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Program at a
Glance

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

48

DETAILS

Total Credit Hours: 48
Program Type: Ed.D.
Location: HyFlex: Synchronous class format (set time) that can be virtual or in person. The Ed.D courses are currently Monday, Tuesday, or Thursdays evenings from 5:30-9:30 pm at the University Center in Greenville (UCG Campus).
Time to Complete: 36 Months
Start Date: Fall: August | Spring: January
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Why AU?

Ready for the next chapter in your academic, professional, and spiritual life? Whether you are graduating high school or pursuing a master’s or doctorate degree, we invite you to be a part of one of the top regional universities in the South (U.S. News & World Report). Come discover why the Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc. identified Anderson University as one of the top-ranked, most affordable colleges in the country. Take the next step in your journey of academic excellence today.
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The Knowledge You Will Gain

Transformative action: You will demonstrate how to apply leadership principles and lead change in organizations Instructional excellence: You will articulate instructional theories supporting positive student outcomes, provide effective support and feedback to practitioners, and evaluate teacher effectiveness using a variety of valid and reliable measures Innovative learning: You will describe research-based elements of effective innovative learning environments and how these environments can be dynamically adjusted to meet the needs of all learners Critical change: You will identify and analyze critical issues of equality and diversity facing organizations to develop leadership recommendations Investigating contemporary issues: You will be able to identify current problems of practice, develop a design for analysis, and appropriate methodologies to conduct meaningful research in the field of educational leadership

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Knowledge You’ll Gain

Transformative action: You will demonstrate how to apply leadership principles and lead change in organizations Instructional excellence: You will articulate instructional theories supporting positive student outcomes, provide effective support and feedback to practitioners, and evaluate teacher effectiveness using a variety of valid and reliable measures Innovative learning: You will describe research-based elements of effective innovative learning environments and how these environments can be dynamically adjusted to meet the needs of all learners Critical change: You will identify and analyze critical issues of equality and diversity facing organizations to develop leadership recommendations Investigating contemporary issues: You will be able to identify current problems of practice, develop a design for analysis, and appropriate methodologies to conduct meaningful research in the field of educational leadership

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Anderson University is a national leader in higher education in its use of technology to support and enhance all aspects of its core function—teaching and learning, which has led to the institution being recognized as an Apple Distinguished School since 2014. Through Anderson’s Digital Learning Initiative, Anderson has provided all of its residential undergraduate students and select graduate program students with an iPad Air and Apple Pencil. The mission of transforming learning experiences and preparing students to serve their communities and careers in the twenty-first century is enhanced through mobile devices developed by Apple.

Admission Requirements

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Previous Degree Required

A master’s degree is required to enroll in this program.

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Transcript Requirements

Official undergraduate and master’s transcripts will need to be submitted as part of the application process for this program.

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Additional Admission Requirements

3 or more years as Pre-K-12 or postsecondary teacher, or expereince in a related educational role required.

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Application Deadline

The application deadline is one (1) month/thirty (30) days before a term start date.

More Information

I-20 Approved: No
I-17 Approved: No
Non Degree Option Available (Minor): Yes
Program Director:
Dr. Julie Smart
Breakdown of Credit Hours:
33 Credit Hours – Leadership and Learning Core Requirements | 9 Credit Hours – Curriculum Leadership Concentration Requirements | 6 Credit Hours – Electives
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