Our Program

Program outcomes will be assessed against the following benchmarks:

Benchmark I

Admission to Ed.D. Program

Benchmark II

Completion of All Coursework

Benchmark III

Qualifying Examination

Application to Doctoral Candidacy

During semester VII, after all required coursework (Note: the six hours of internship are not counted in required coursework) is completed, students will take a qualifying examination.

Benchmark IV

Admission to Doctoral Candidacy (pending passage of the Qualifying Exam)

Candidacy admission requires:

  • Participating in and successfully completing Dean's Forum;
  • Recruiting a dissertation committee (typically four faculty members, one of whom is outside Chicago State University); 
  • Completing and defending the dissertation proposal; and 
  • Completion of the IRB approval process.

Research and completion of the dissertation is then conducted.

Benchmark V

Oral Defense of Dissertation
Program Completion and Graduation

Required Coursework*
Semester I
EDDL 6010 Organizational Theory and Educational Leadership3 hrs.
EDDL 6050 Research and Statistics I3 hrs.
Semester II
EDDL 6100 Curriculum and Instructional Leadership3 hrs.
EDDL 6250 Research and Statistics II3 hrs.
Semester III
EDDL 6200 Administrative Law3 hrs.
EDDL 6350 Qualitative Research3 hrs.
Semester IV
EDDL 6150 Philosophical and Ethical Foundations of Education3 hrs.
EDDL 6450 Financial Administration3 hrs.
Semester V
EDDL 6300 Public Policy and Politics of Education3 hrs.
EDDL 6400 Personnel Administration3 hrs.
Semester VI
EDDL 6500 Educational Change and School Improvement3 hrs.
EDDL 6550 Educational Assessment and Evaluation3 hrs.
Semester VII
EDDL 6600 Critical Issues in Urban Educational Leadership3 hrs.
EDDL 6650 Seminar in Research and Dissertation Development3 hrs.
***Qualifying Examination
***Admission to Candidacy
Semester VIII
EDDL 6700 Clinical Experience I3 hrs.
EDDL 6990 Dissertation3 hrs.
Semester IX**
EDDL 6710 Clinical Experience II3 hrs.
Semesters X
EDDL 6990 Dissertation3 hrs.
Semester XI
EDDL 6990 Dissertation3 hrs.

*Candidates have 7 years to complete the program.

**EDDL 6990 (Dissertation) is not offered during the summer semesters.