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Objectives

Those students completing the degree requirements for the EdS or EdD will have met the academic requirements necessary for a Montana Class III Administrative license with a Superintendent endorsement.  Additionally, a non-degree Superintendent Preparation program is available for those students who already hold a Master’s degree and Principal Licensure (please see Post Master's Superintendent Licensure). 


Program Flow

The Educational Leadership program courses are offered using a combination of delivery methods. Online courses are delivered completely via distance technology and blended courses use a combination of distance delivery and face-to-face meetings. The structure of the course will determine the delivery methods employed.  For example, many EdD program courses are usually blended such that the class meets for face-to-face instruction one weekend a month and online during the weeks in between meetings.

After admission to the EdD program, the applicant will be assigned a temporary advisor and should then meet with his/her assigned advisor. Actual courses taken during the initial stage will be based on the student's previous academic work and advisor/committee approval.


Program of Study

Doctoral Core 18
Advanced Educational Psychology  
Ldrshp and Organizational Thry  
Supervision & Instruct Ldrshp  
Leading Social Justice  
Ed Policy & Politics  
Special Topics  
Superintendent Certification Required Courses 12
The School Superintendent  
Personnell and Collective Bargaining in MT  
MT Finance & Facilities  
MT Legal & Policy Studies  
Research Required Core 9
Educational Statistics II  
Qualitative Educational Research  
Quantitative Educational Research  
Dissertation Credits 14
Doctoral Thesis  
Total Credits 53

Committees

Each doctoral student's committee must consist of at least four approved members. The chair and one other approved member must be from the Educational Leadership faculty. Two other approved members will be selected based upon their ability to contribute to the student's studies leading up to and through the dissertation research. These two committee members must have academic credentials in the area of the student's program of study and be approved by the Head of the Department of Education and Dean of the Graduate School. For information regarding graduate representatives, please refer to the Graduate School policy.


Chairs

The student should carefully select his/her chair after thorough conversations with the Educational Leadership faculty members that he or she believes might have an interest in their doctoral research and/or the ability to work with them towards generating a defensible dissertation. The committee as a whole is subject to approval by the Head of the Department of Education. The chair will advise students in selecting committee members and in understanding the dissertation process. The chair and at least one committee member will be the primary readers of the dissertation as it is being written. The importance of selecting the right chair cannot be overstated. However, chairs and members of the student's committee are subject to change. In addition, revision to the program of study can be made during the course of study with the committee's approval.


Comprehensive Examinations

Comprehensive examinations are required for completion of all EdD degrees in Educational Leadership. Students are expected to demonstrate mastery of the program of study and the ability to interact with the research in that area. Students should refer to The Graduate School's Policies and Procedures web page.

After completion of at least two thirds of the required coursework, EdD students will complete a written comprehensive exam. The exam is completed in writing and then orally defended in front of the entire Graduate Committee. Through the comprehensive exam, students will be expected to demonstrate: 1) the ability to integrate concepts from courses into a holistic viewpoint; 2) the ability to apply material to anticipated real-life situations based on the theoretical principles and concepts covered in classes; 3) the ability to critically read, analyze, and critique research; and 4) a readiness to move forward to create their own research.

Generally, there are two primary question areas: 1) Identification of a topic with the potential to contribute to the literature in Educational Leadership, and a critical evaluation of the research on that topic; and 2) Design a research project on the topic of interest. Students will be expected to demonstrate a mastery of aspects of both qualitative and quantitative projects (such as sampling, validity, reliability, data analysis).


Additional Doctor of Education Requirements

The Doctor of Education degree must meet the minimum requirements in the For Doctoral Students section of the Graduate School's website with the following exception: only fourteen (14) credits of dissertation are required. Additional requirements for the EdD degree beyond these minimums are available through the Department of Education. All EdD degree candidates are expected to be familiar with both The Graduate School's degree requirements and Department of Education degree requirements listed on the program's website.


Contact Information

Dr. Tena Versland, Program Leader
406-994-6799 Email: tena.versland@montana.edu

Dr. Bill Ruff
406-994-4182 Email: wruff@montana.edu

Dr. David Henderson
406-994-6424 Email: david.henderson3@montana.edu

Dr. Art Bangert
406-994-7424 Email: abangert@montana.edu