Online EdD/PhD in Leadership: Curriculum and Instruction Specialization

Concordia University Chicago - Online Degree Programs

Programme Description

Online EdD/PhD in Leadership: Curriculum and Instruction Specialization

Concordia University Chicago - Online Degree Programs

Concordia University Chicago's doctoral program in leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction is for teachers who wish to pursue a program as educators and scholars preparing for leadership roles in public or private schools. This program develops educational experts who can design, implement, evaluate and manage curriculum and instruction programs in K-12 schools.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop the abilities for research and critical thinking in the field of curriculum and instruction, with a theoretical and practical knowledge.
  • Develop competency in curriculum evaluation, development, and mapping.
  • Improve understanding of the teaching and learning process.
  • Build a strong professional background in areas related to curriculum and instruction.
  • Support and lead reform and change efforts related to teacher development in schools.

The coursework will assist in facilitating the exploration, discussion, and understanding of the challenges and possibilities of teacher education.

Curriculum

*INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: In addition to the base program curriculum listed below, international students attending face-to-face classes on the CUC campus are required to take the Seminar in Higher Education, a 3-credit course.

Doctoral Specialization: Curriculum and Instruction

Research-Based Decision Making

The analysis of the methodological and statistical components of existing research data to enhance and facilitate the educational decision-making process. Particular attention is given to applications regarding issues of educational policy.

Curriculum Theory and Design

Exploration and analysis of curriculum theory and design for educational programs, early childhood through high school. Analysis, trends, and current practices in the light of national and international models and educational programs. Study of curriculum theory in relation to the processes of curriculum design, development, implementation, and evaluation.

Multicultural Education: Pedagogy in Practice

This course will examine the historical and political impact of multicultural education in our schools. A study of the trends in multicultural education that has guided instructional and assessment practices will be a critical component. Developing and evaluating curriculum and instructional strategies appropriate in multicultural education will also be a focus.

Curriculum Leadership

Current issues in curriculum and instruction, as well as management of curriculum development, drive the learning in this course. Determining appropriate professional growth opportunities for teachers based on research and evaluation services as a guide to creating successful growth plans in school districts.

Research-Based Instructional Practices

This course will critically examine research-based instructional strategies. Understanding how to determine the effectiveness of instructional strategies based on a variety of factors such as student population and needs, available resources, and goals of the academic institution will be a focus. Understanding how instruction connects to assessment and curriculum will also be explored.

School/District Improvement Data Analysis

This course addresses school district and building leadership roles in creating an infrastructure and systems that focus on school district improvement. Particular emphasis is on school improvement as it relates to accountability demonstrated through assessment design, data gathering and analysis. Candidates will learn how to utilize data to improve curriculum, instruction, multiple forms of assessment, and incorporate technology to meet the needs of the 21st Century learner.

Design of Learning Environments

This course addresses the design of technology-enhanced learning environments. The application of various designs and their guiding principles will be examined and critiqued. Examples include online, blended, flipped, one-to-one, informal, collaborative, and non-traditional learning settings.

Instructional Coaching for Effective Teaching

Knowledge and skills required to be an effective instructional coach. Collaboration, reflection, modelling, communication, and leadership in effective coaching models.

The Impact of ESEA on the Educational Landscape

Tracing the research streams of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and its impact on American educational policy, this course examines the ideologies and people that influence curriculum development and instructional practices through a historical lens.

Global Perspectives on Curriculum and Instruction

This course is a purposeful attempt to examine through a global lens a number of contemporary policy issues and practices that impact the way we enact curriculum development, instruction, and assessment. As Schoorman (2009) argues, intentional “internationalization” of our higher education curriculum will offer students “a knowledge base, skills, and attitudes...that prepare them for work and leadership in the context of global interdependence” (p.5). By becoming familiar with the international, multinational, and global discourses, we are better prepared to lead within our own particular educational contexts. The global perspective has the potential to inform how we lead as curriculum developers and instructional practitioners through an awareness of how local policy and practice are bound up with discourses and practices in other spaces (other locals, regional, national, multinational, international, global spaces). Purposeful study of these similarities and differences positions us to lead with greater cross-cultural awareness and with an eye to forging connections and networks beyond our immediate borders as we address global themes.

Foundations/Philosophy/Ethics

Philosophy of Scientific Knowledge (Ph.D. only)

This course provides an orientation to the nature, uses, and limitations of science with the aim of achieving an understanding of the variety of approaches to research design and developing conceptual frameworks. With regard to the metatheory of knowledge, particular attention will be paid to the following topics: the relationship between theory and observations, the role of the researcher’s values in knowledge generation, how the research conceptualizes the relationship between researcher and subjects, the standards that are used to appraise theories, the theory of reality (ontology) and of how to know that reality (epistemology) that underlies critical theories, and how different methods of data gathering and data analysis influence the generation of scientific knowledge.

Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Leadership (EdD only)

Study of the philosophical and theoretical foundations of education and leadership, including analysis of the aims and goals of education, processes of attainment, content, and curriculum, and the socialization function of education, schooling, and complex organizations. Develop an understanding of the intersections between theory/philosophy, ethical perspectives and the development of policy, practice, and institutions.

Organizational Change

Application of change theory to large and small organizations. Leadership strategies for successful change implementation.

Policy Analysis

Educational policy-making at the macro (national, regional and state) and micro (local and institutional) levels. Selected educational policies.

Ethics for Educational Leaders

Ethical theories and practice of school district leadership.

Research and Statistics for the EdD, Practitioner Track

Research Design

Principles of research theory, methods, inquiry, problem formulation, data collection, literature searches, and ethical considerations. Emphasis on how to design a doctoral-level research study.

Select two:

Survey Research

This course introduces students to survey and instrument development including issues related to operationalizing variables, survey construction, sampling, coding, analysis, and evaluating the reliability and validity of survey research methods.

Qualitative Research

An examination and application of qualitative research approach with the focus on research design, the role of the researcher, data collection and analysis, and writing from a qualitative perspective.

Methods of Action Research Inquiry

Principles and application of action research planning, implementation, and reflection in educational environments. Exploration of collaborative, participatory and individual approaches to action research methods that can be utilized to improve schools and/or organizations.

Quantitative Research

An introduction to quantitative analysis of data; including data coding and entry of data. Statistical software will be used to explore descriptive and inferential statistics, using both non-parametric and initial parametric techniques.

Research and Statistics for the Ph.D., Researcher Track

Research Design

Principles of research theory, methods, inquiry, problem formulation, data collection, literature searches, and ethical considerations. Emphasis on how to design a doctoral-level research study.

Qualitative Research

An examination and application of qualitative research approach with the focus on research design, the role of the researcher, data collection and analysis, and writing from a qualitative perspective.

Quantitative Research

An introduction to quantitative analysis of data; including data coding and entry of data. Statistical software will be used to explore descriptive and inferential statistics, using both non-parametric and initial parametric techniques.

Mixed Methods Research

This course explores the theory, design, and application of mixed methods research.

Select one:

Advanced Topics in Statistics

An introduction to advanced statistical concepts including multivariate analysis, linear models, hierarchical linear models, factor analysis, and data management. Students will use statistical software packages and will learn to write the basic syntax for custom analysis. Prerequisite: Quantitative Research or Quantitative Analysis.

Advanced Topics in Qualitative Analysis

This course will prepare students to utilize naturalistic inquiry in their own research, most immediately, the dissertation experience. Students will be able to reflect on choices of inquiry paradigms, the goodness of fit between the problem and the approach chosen to explore it, the selection of appropriate instruments, and the role of the writer in the presentation of findings.

Comprehensive Exam and Dissertation

  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Dissertation
  • Dissertation Supervision

Programme Length

61-67 credits*

This school offers programs in:
  • English


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