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The Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) in Educational Leadership (EDL) is a practice-based program delivered at both the Miami University’s Voice of America Learning Center and the Wilmington location. This 60 credit hour program, taught by EDL faculty, is for educational leaders working in P-12 contexts and institutions. The Ed.D. prepares democratically minded leaders who will engage with issues of equity, ethics, and social justice to create solutions to complex problems of educational practice. A dissertation-of-practice is the capstone of this Ed.D. program.

Program Description

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Miami University is aimed at practitioners in the P-12 educational field who seek to grow in their knowledge of school leadership, policy, and best practice while attaining a degree commensurate with their high level of scholarship and intellectual challenge.

As this is a part-time student program for working adults, students take classes at either the Voice of America (VOA) Learning Center located in West Chester or at the Wilmington location while continuing to work in their respective school leadership roles in surrounding Public, Charter, or Private school. Miami's goal is to provide the highest level of relevant, challenging course work and advising through to dissertation completion all focused on "problems of practice.

The Miami Ed.D. program seeks to prepare graduates with the adaptive skills needed not only to survive, but thrive in the 21st century global interdependent world and economy. P-12 practitioners understand that being a school leader today is far different from the past. While school and district leaders were formerly viewed as “keepers of the status quo,” today’s leaders are to be instigators of change with a vision that includes how to support a learning mission while making the best use of new technologies and limited resources. Central office leaders in particular must now communicate directly and effectively with diverse community members in culturally relevant ways, and be transparent about decision-making. The chain of command of today’s educational institutions has become more flattened causing people to feel more accessibility to district leadership, expanding leadership roles to seemingly 24-7 positions. Today’s school leader also feels the impact of widespread budget cuts requiring creativity to fund all the important programs impacting students.

Program Goals

  1. The primary goal of this degree is to prepare democratic leaders who engage issues of equity, ethics, and social justice to create solutions to complex problems of educational practice.
  2. Prepares leaders who can construct and apply knowledge to advance democratic principles to benefit diverse individuals, families, organizations, and communities.
  3. Provides opportunities for leaders to develop and demonstrate collaboration and communication skills to work with multicultural, multilingual communities and to build partnerships with and for those communities.
  4. Provides field-based opportunities to analyze problems of practice by integrating intellectual, moral, and craft knowledge to develop meaningful solutions.
  5. Engages in the scholarship that integrates intellectual, moral, and craft knowledge, linking theory with systemic and systematic inquiry.
  6. Emphasizes the generation and use of professional knowledge and practice in order to prepare leaders to transform organizations while navigating cultural, political, and policy contexts.
  7. Inspires engagement with citizens and stakeholders, and embraces technology innovations for improving communication, curriculum, and leadership.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to describe and utilize theories and principles of justice and equity relevant to the problems of P-12 educational institutions.
  • Students will be able to articulate concepts and multiple perspectives on democratic life and democratic governance as related to P-12 institutions and communities.
  • Students will be able to use conceptions of cultural identity and cultural diversity to collaborate with diverse individuals, families, and communities in their school or district.
  • Students will be able to collaborate and communicate across diverse contexts to work with multiple constituencies and communities in partnerships.
  • Students will be able to relate theory and abstract thinking with concrete, applied analysis of problems of practice.
  • Students will be able to utilize tools to generate knowledge that can transform educational organizations within cultural, political, and policy contexts.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of technological literacies for school and community leadership.

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