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.

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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.

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The Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership degree program consists of 13 total courses, followed by a final Comprehensive Examination.
The required courses are comprised of: 2  Foundation Courses > 3  Qualifying Courses > 6  Core Courses > and 2 Research Courses.
Once completed, there is a Comprehensive Examination, followed by a Dissertation Planning, Dissertation Proposal, Dissertation and Oral Defense .
There are 66 total semester units in this program.

2 Foundation Courses

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

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EDU 591 Public Policy  3

Public Policy addresses the broader public policy environment in which educational policy functions. The course examines the larger governmental context in order to provide a holistic approach to understanding not just the policy process, but also the use of policy analysis. The course offers a concise review of institutions, policy actors, and major theoretical models, and explains the nature of policy analysis and its practice through evaluative criteria in key policy areas.

Course Objectives

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

  • Define public policy and examine the importance of understanding public policy.
  • Examine the process for analyzing public policy and assessing policy alternatives at various levels.
  • Discuss major areas, issues, and controversies in public policy.
  • Evaluate best practices for policy analysis, citizen participation, and policy change.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to public policy.
EDU 592 Legal Aspects of Education  3

Legal Aspects of Education details the principles underlying school law and provides essential guidelines for school personnel to follow in their everyday work. Descriptive scenarios of landmark cases and concepts aid in understanding the context of legal principles as they apply to a range of school issues. This course explores how basic legal principles apply to educational questions and emerging legal issues, policies, and judicial decisions that affect classroom teachers, leaders, and students.

Course Objectives

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

  • Examine aspects of school law related to the federal, state, and local governments, religious freedom, and legal generalizations related to the field.
  • Describe instructional and student issues related to the law (i.e., curriculum, copyright compliance, proficiency testing, privacy rights, freedom of speech, clubs, and student appearance).
  • Discuss legal issues related to student classifications, rights of students with disabilities, and student discipline.
  • Evaluate employee rights regarding collective bargaining, termination, and discrimination.
  • Discuss alternative educational choices.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to legal aspects of education.
3 Qualifying Courses

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

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6 Core Courses

For the online Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership degree program, the following 6 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 4 prerequisite courses: EDU 510 Models of Teaching, EDU 523 Strategic Issues Management, EDU 524 Curriculum Design and Evaluation, EDU 536 Ethics in 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.

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Required units may be satisfied in the following ways: