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Doctor of Education in Leadership, Curriculum, and Instruction

Doctor of Education in Leadership, Curriculum, and Instruction

The Doctor of Education in Leadership of Curriculum and Instruction (EdD) prepares education professionals for career advancement as leaders, administrators, as well as curriculum and instructional design supervisors. This degree’s coursework embraces corporate and traditional educational settings with theory and practice that ground practitioners and researchers in the knowledge and skills needed to lead in excellence and equity in their domain.

Successful applicants to the EdD will have a completed master’s degree. They have a strong desire to hone their knowledge stacks and theoretical principles that drive excellence in education globally. Students participate in both in-class and out-of-class activities, group assignments, research papers, projects, as well as case study analyses. This degree culminates with a successfully defended doctoral dissertation.

The Doctor of Education program emphasizes advanced decision-making, leadership skills, in-depth theoretical knowledge, and applied research by exploring such educational challenges as change management, equity, globalization, and 21st-century skills. 

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Now accepting domestic students for live-online and on-campus classes. Accepting international students for live-online classes only.

 

Mission Statement

The mission of the EdD at Westcliff University is to inspire and empower scholar-practitioners from diverse communities through transformative practices that support positive learning mindsets and reimagine educational culture.

EdD Program Description

The Doctor of Education (EdD) in Leadership, Curriculum, and Instruction empowers scholar-practitioners to lead and influence education, design and evaluate curriculum, as well as elevate and maximize instructional methodologies. The degree integrates educational principles and leadership theories to inform research, andragogy and pedagogy, and evidence-based assessment. It combines primary research with practical experience to produce effective change agents who value diversity as well as equitable practices and policies. Students engage in project-based learning with embedded practicum experiences to solve real-world problems that foster personal and professional growth. They receive oversight, feedback, and guidance while participating in authentic working conditions. Graduates are equipped with the actionable skills necessary to positively impact organizations and advance their careers in leadership, curriculum, and instruction.

EdD Program Learning Outcomes

EdD Program Learning Outcomes

The EdD investigates the changing landscape of education by assisting working professionals to identify problems of practice and high-quality solutions that promote positive organizational culture and results-driven growth. Westcliff emphasizes the importance of contributions to the field of education by synthesizing research, honing leadership skills, and redefining curriculum and instruction.
 

 

The EdD encourages students to achieve the following educational objectives:

1
Relate educational leadership principles to established andragogical and pedagogical principles and current best practices for teaching and curriculum design.
2
Integrate current andragogical and pedagogical as well as instructional design methods into the creation and evaluation of effective, level-appropriate material for diverse learners in various contexts and modalities.
3
Analyze and apply leadership theories and research to current educational leadership challenges to develop and present innovative solutions.
4
Develop and apply collaborative and communicative skills for effective institutional leadership.
5
Analyze, discuss, and apply current leadership, curricular and instructional theories to address ethical, affective, cognitive, cultural, and social challenges in institutional and educational settings.
6
Select, assess, and implement technology for effective leadership, administration, curriculum design, and change implementation.
7
Apply academic research skills to effectively find, appraise, and synthesize information for an approved research topic.
8
Apply analytical reasoning as well as qualitative and quantitative research procedures to guide, support, and solve complex institutional issues.

Program Requirements

  • Admissions Requirements

    An applicant with a master’s degree in any field from a regionally or nationally accredited institution can apply for entrance into Westcliff University and a minimum GPA of 2.5. Master’s degrees obtained outside of the United States will only be accepted if they have been evaluated by a member in good standing of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or another nationally recognized credentialing service. In this case, the listed U.S. degree equivalency will be used.

  • Graduation Requirements

    Students must complete 60 total credit hours, composed of 18 credit hours of core courses (15 lecture, 3 practicum), 14 credit hours of research courses (12 lecture, 2 practicum), 12 credit hours for concentration courses (students choose either Leadership or Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; 10 lecture, 2 practicum), and 16 credit hours of dissertation courses (14 lecture, 2 practicum). Students must also publish by the end of Year 3 and attend a conference/presentation. Internal options are available.

    Credit hours for some EDU 700-level courses completed at another institution may be transferred into the EdD program at Westcliff University in accordance with the university’s Transfer Credit Policy

  • Internship Requirements

    Students in the EdD program are actively engaged in the practical application of learned content in authentic educational settings to maximize their career preparedness post-graduation. Each course contains 0.5 practicum credit hours, enabling students to apply and grow the knowledge and skills they develop in the classrooms while working in real-world environments. The Westcliff focus is to encourage students to take full advantage of the opportunities afforded to them in these practicum experiences to maximize their potential career placement or advancement upon graduation.

    During the practicum component of each course, students engage in direct experience as an employee or intern to integrate concepts learned from the course material into their role. Students satisfying the practicum component in off-campus internships require prior university approval.

    In addition to industry knowledge, students should be prepared to demonstrate professionalism, effective communication (written, oral, and digital), and integrity while engaged in the practicum components of their course. The faculty facilitating these courses and the supervisor of the workplace collectively assess these qualities and provide valuable feedback to students throughout the course.

    For domestic students, their current employment can fulfill the internship requirements.

    International F-1 students must have Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization to participate in off-campus internships.

EdD Courses

  • Required Courses

    60 credit hours

    Core - Year 1 (18 credits)

    EDU 710 Effective Teaching and Learning Strategies (3 credit hours)

    EDU 711 Educational Leadership in Theory and Practice (3 credit hours)

    EDU 712 Curriculum Theory and Design (3 credit hours)

    EDU 830 Online Blended Learning and Teaching Methodologies (3 credit hours)

    EDU 831 Classroom Technology Integration (3 credit hours)

    EDU 833 Managing Human and Fiscal Resources as an Educational Leader (3 credit hours)

     

    Year 2 (19 credits)

    Choose a concentration: Leadership or Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment 

    • Leadership
      • EDU 713 Critical Analysis of Problems and Issues for Educational Leaders (3 credit hours)
      • EDU 800 Leading and Managing Choice in Education (3 credit hours)
      • EDU 801 Program Evaluation Methods for Academic Leadership (3 credit hours)
      • EDU 821 Advanced Supervision of Curriculum and Instruction (3 credit hours)
    • Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment 
      • EDU 810 Classroom Pedagogical and Andragogical Approaches (3 credit hours)
      • EDU 811 Instructional Design for Equitable Education (3 credit hours)
      • EDU 812 Student Assessment Methods (3 credit hours)
      • EDU 820 Advanced Instructional Design (3 credit hours)

    Begin research courses:

    RES 700 Identifying and Planning a Research Project (4 credit hours)

    RES 801 Quantitative Research in Education (3 credit hours)

     

    Year 3 (23 credits)

    Complete research:

    • RES 800 Educational Research Literature Review (4 credit hours)
    • RES 802 Qualitative Research in Education (3 credit hours)

    Dissertation:

    • EDU 900 Dissertation Course I (4 credit hours)
    • EDU 901 Dissertation Course II (4 credit hours)
    • EDU 902 Dissertation Course III (4 credit hours)
    • EDU 903 Dissertation Course IV (4 credit hours)
  • Course Concentrations

    Students are required to choose one of the following two concentrations: 

    Concentration 1: Leadership (12 credit hours)

    EDU 713: Critical Analysis of Problems and Issues for Educational Leaders (3 credit hours)

    EDU 800: Leading and Managing Choice in Education (3 credit hours)

    EDU 801: Program Evaluation Methods for Academic Leadership (3 credit hours)

    EDU 802: Advanced Supervision of Curriculum and Instruction (3 credit hours)

    Concentration 2: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (12 credit hours)

    EDU 810: Classroom Pedagogical and Andragogical Approaches (3 credit hours)

    EDU 811: Instructional Design for Equitable Education (3 credit hours)

    EDU 812: Student Assessment Methods (3 credit hours)

    EDU 820: Advanced Instructional Design (3 credit hours)

  • Benchmark Courses

    RES 700 Identifying and Planning a Research Project and RES 800 Education Research Literature Review are benchmark courses in the EdD program. While most courses in the EdD program allow students three total attempts to successfully complete, benchmark courses only allow for two total attempts. Students who do not pass RES 700 in the first attempt are required to retake RES 700 while concurrently taking EDU 780 Writing for Research and Scholarly Publications I before progressing further in their program. Failure to pass RES 700 in the second attempt results in dismissal from the Doctor of Education in Leadership, Curriculum, and Instruction program. Similarly, students who do not pass RES 800 in the first attempt are required to retake RES 800 while concurrently taking EDU 781 Writing for Research and Scholarly Publications II before progressing further in their program. Failure to pass RES 800 in the second attempt results in dismissal from the program. Students must meet all academic and financial requirements to apply for graduation.

  • Course Catalog and Student Handbook

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Scholarship Application

    As a Westcliff student, you have access to a powerful network of support from staff, faculty, alumni, and many others who take pride in investing in you. Scholarships are made possible by generous benefactors who are passionate about supporting your success.

  • Scholarship Application Deadlines
    Semester Session Scholarship Deadline Start Date End Date
    FALL Session 1 07/29/22 Start: 8/29/22 End: 10/23/22
      Session 2 09/24/22 Start: 10/24/22 End: 12/18/22
    SPRING Session 3 12/03/23 Start: 01/03/23 End: 02/26/23
      Session 4 01/27/23 Start: 02/27/23 End: 04/23/23
    SUMMER Session 5 04/01/23 Start: 05/01/23 End: 06/25/23
      Session 6 05/26/23 Start: 06/26/23 End: 08/20/23
Program Requirements