Organizational Leadership
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Online Degree Program

The Doctor of Education online degree program in Organizational Leadership is designed to challenge educational professionals to develop an understanding of organizations and the elements required to lead them.

Designed For You

The California Coast University online Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership program was designed for complete flexibility for the student. All courses are self-paced and completed 100% online.

  • Low tuition with interest-free payment plans as low as $100/month.
  • Flexible programs designed to fit into your busy schedule. Self-paced study with no group projects, set meeting times, or exam dates.
  • The program is not structured in semesters, quarters or terms. It is designed to allow students to begin their online studies at any time of the year.
  • CCU offers a tuition discount for Active Duty Military, Veterans, Law Enforcement, Firefighters, Government Employees, and CCU Graduates.
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The Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership degree program consists of 17 total courses.
The required courses are comprised of: 3 Qualifying Courses, followed by a Qualifying Exam > 4 Core Courses > 4 Specialization Courses > and 2 Research Courses.
Once completed, there is a Comprehensive Examination, followed by a Proposal, Dissertation and Oral Defense .
There are 66 total semester units in this program.

3 Qualifying Courses

For the online Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership degree program, the following 3 courses must be fulfilled, followed by a Qualifying Examination. Click on course title to expand and read more.

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ID Course Name Units
EDU 602 Philosophical Foundations of Education  4

Philosophical Foundations of Education provides an overview of the dominant philosophical perspectives which have framed the evolution of education, from the time of Plato to the present day. The major philosophers throughout history have included the nature and purpose of education in their writings. This course illustrates the historical, social, cultural, and educational contexts of the most prominent of those writings and discusses their implications for the evolution of education.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Examine the major educational philosophies which have framed the development of American education.
  • Analyze the emergence and development of educational philosophies through the various historical periods of the American experience.
  • Compare and contrast the educational philosophies which have shaped American education up to the present day.
  • Evaluate major educational philosophies in light of the needs of the 21st century information society.
EDU 610 Learning Theory  4

Learning Theory examines theories of learning and the functions of the human brain which have evolved over the past century. Information processing, memory, conditioning, motivation, developmental characteristics, transfer, problem-solving, social aspects of learning, and classroom applications are covered comprehensively.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Distinguish between the roles of observation and experimentation in psychological research.
  • Compare and contrast the major differences between behaviorism and cognitivism.
  • Analyze the overall structure of the brain, including the roles of synapses, neurons, and glial cells in mental development.
  • Analyze how individuals are both teachers to, and learners from, one another.
  • Examine the key effects of motivation as factors that affect the engagement of students in the learning process.
EDU 614 History of Education  4

History of Education provides an overview of the history of American education, including the most important persons, dates, events, and movements that shaped the nation’s system of education. Students are introduced to historical research through engaging historical studies. The basic concepts and theories that underlie current educational practice are presented in comprehensive form. Also included is treatment of new educational delivery systems such as distance learning, online resources, computer based research and emerging educational technologies as well as international and global influences and trends in education.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Develop a strong understanding of the historical philosophical, psychological and social foundations of education.
  • Survey a chronological examination of American education from colonial beginnings to the modern era.
  • Examine some of the laws, court cases, issues, political changes and conflicts that influence the field of education, with an eye toward globalization and other future trends.
EDU 615 Qualifying Examination  0

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Upon completion of the three qualifying courses, candidates will complete a written Qualifying Examination based on materials covered in the three qualifying courses. The Qualifying Courses are common to all three degree programs and provide a solid foundation for continued study. The three courses include EDU 602, Philosophical Foundations of Education, EDU 610, Learning Theory, and EDU 614, History of Education.

Objective

The examination is intended to test students’ knowledge related to the Qualifying Courses. The Qualifying Exam will be based on the material presented in the required Qualifying Courses and will require the student to respond to questions that elicit higher level cognitive skills. Students are expected to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge related to the three areas of study while demonstrating advanced academic skills, including (but not limited to) the ability to develop and sustain a line of argument that is coherent and supported with viable, text-based evidence, while writing clear scholarly prose.

4 Core Courses

For the online Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership degree program, the following 4 courses must be fulfilled. Click on course title to expand and read more.

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4 Specialization Courses

For the online Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership degree program, the following 4 courses must be fulfilled. Click on course title to expand and read more.

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2 Research Courses

For the online Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership degree program, the following 2 courses must be fulfilled. Click on course title to expand and read more.

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1 Comprehensive Examination

After completing all of the above courses for the online Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership degree program, a Comprehensive Examination is taken. Click on exam title to expand and read more.

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Research and Dissertation Phase

After completing the Comprehensive Exam for the online Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership degree program, the Research and Dissertation Phase begins. It is comprised of the following items. Click on title to expand and read more.

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Prerequisites to Admission:

An applicant must have earned a Master's Degree in Education or a Master’s Degree in another field may be accepted if the Admissions Committee evaluation indicates the applicant has the necessary foundation to succeed in the program. The applicant must then complete the following 5 prerequisite courses: EDU 510 Models of Teaching, EDU 532 School-Community Relations, EDU 545 Leadership and Technology, EDU 546 Public Policy, and EDU 547 Legal Aspects of Education.

Online Library Resources:

To assist students with the Doctor of Education program, doctoral candidates will have 24-hour complimentary access to online library resources. The Library and Information Resources Network, Inc. (LIRN) provides students with access to multiple research databases. These resources will be essential to students at the Dissertation stage and will also provide information to reference throughout their program.

FAQ About Coursework

Required units may be satisfied in the following ways:

  • California Coast University has developed comprehensive Study Guides, for each course, that are designed to coordinate and sequence the learning materials within the required textbook(s). The following points will help to illustrate how the Study Guides are designed:

    • Study Guides are based on specific textbooks, available through local bookstores, the publisher, or the University's Rental Library.
    • Each Study Guide is organized with a complete syllabus, along with instructional materials to guide the student chapter by chapter through the corresponding text.
    • Each Study Guide contains an overview and summary of all textbook chapters, a listing of important keywords (with definitions), self-tests (with answers) on key points, and critical thinking activities.
    • Study Guides include 4 unit exams equally spaced throughout the instructional materials, four writing assignments per unit, and the final multiple choice examination.
    • Examinations are designed to test the student on the information contained within the preceding chapters.
    • All tests have no time limit and may be completed as open book tests.
  • Transcripts of previously completed master's or doctoral level academic work are evaluated and credit may be transferred to meet existing coursework requirements. The following guidelines are utilized when accepting transfer credit for a doctoral level degree program:

    • Doctor of Education students may receive transfer credit for up to two courses (up to 8 semester units) of previously completed coursework.
    • Courses must have been completed at a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education or its foreign equivalent.
    • Transfer grades earned must be equivalent to a letter grade of B (3.0 GPA) or higher.
    • No specialized training or experiential learning credit can be awarded at the graduate level.