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Course Sequence - Executive Ed.D. K-12 Professional Leadership

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To obtain an Executive Ed.D. in K-12 Professional Leadership, students must complete 51 semester hours, successfully pass the TExES Superintendency Exam (0195) and defend their doctoral thesis.

Since degree plans change periodically, students will follow the degree plan that is in place at the time in which they complete an official, approved degree plan. Following is the most current sample degree plan for the Executive Ed. D. in K-12 Professional Leadership:

Executive Ed.D. in K-12 Professional Leadership
 Sample Master Calendar of Courses for Full-Time Students
(Minimum 51 Credit Hours)

1st Year of Study First Semester Second Semester Third Semester
Cohort Year 1  ELCS 8301: Leadership Theory for School Administrators
ELCS 8355: Politics, Policy and Governance
ELCS 8191: First Saturday Seminar
TASK #1:
Complete Certification Application
TASK #2:
Submit Degree Plan (Beginning of Semester)
TASK #3:
Select Cohort Captain
ATTEND:
New Student Orientation & Library Orientation
EDRS 8380: Research Methods in Education - Introduction to Inquiry
ELCS 8313: Critical Issues for Urban Education Administration, Leadership, & Policy
ELCS 8191: First Saturday Seminar
TASK #1:
Develop Thesis Topic
ATTEND:
IRB Workshop Training
ELCS 8371: Legal Issues EDRS 8381:
Research Methods in Education: Qualitative Techniques
ELCS 8191: First Saturday Seminar
TASK #1:
Select Dissertation Committee
CRITICAL MILESTONE:

Draft Problem Statement – Chapter 1
(Submit to Chair by end of Semester)
2nd Year of Study First Semester Second Semester Third Semester
Cohort Year 2 EDRS 8382: Statistical Analysis In Education: Quantitative Techniques
ELCS 8610-1: Laboratory of Practice: Literature Review
TASK #1:
Finalize doctoral dissertation committee
(beginning of semester)
TASK #2:
Complete Chapter 2
TASK #3:
Meet with committee before semester end
TASK #4:
Candidacy Verification*
TASK #5:
Submit Comprehensive Exam
CRITICAL MILESTONE:
Candidacy Report Due (after students submit Chapter 2 at end of the semester)
ELCS 8310: The Superintendency
ELCS 7392: Internship in Superintendent
ELCS 8610-2: Laboratory of Practice: Methodology
TASK #1:
Provide Verification of Superintendent Intern Hours (by end of semester)
TASK #2: Complete Chapter 3 (by end of semester)
CRITICAL MILESTONE:
Draft Proposal Due (Chapters 1-3)
ELCS 8350: Human Resource Management
ELCS 8356: Program & Policy Evaluation
TASK #1:
Begin Data Collection and Analysis (upon successful defense of proposal)
ATTEND:
Superintendent Exam Review
CRITICAL MILESTONE:
Submit and Defend Proposal (by mid-semester)
CRITICAL MILESTONE:
Submit IRB Application
3rd Year of Study First Semester Second Semester Third Semester
Cohort Year 3  ELCS 8361: Public and Community Relations
ELCS 8399: Doctoral Thesis
TASK #1:
Request Permission to Register for Thesis Hours (sign up for a minimum of 3 next semester)
TASK #2:
Take Superintendent Exam (at end of semester)
TASK #3:
Verification of Internship Hours
ELCS 8399: Doctoral Thesis

Congratulations!
TASK #1:
Complete Application to Graduate
ATTEND:
Graduation
CRITICAL MILESTONE:
Submit and Defend Dissertation
University of Houston Commencement Ceremony

*TExES Superintendent exams are offered four to five times per year; dates fluctuate.

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