Graduate program director
Cheryl C. Magill, Ph.D.
Interim chair, Department of Educational Leadership
Autumn T. Cypres, Ed.D.
Chair, Department of Educational Leadership
Program website: soe.vcu.edu
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Leadership, Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
In addition to the general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School, the following requirements represent the minimum acceptable standards for admission:
The VCU Graduate Bulletin website documents the official admission and academic rules and regulations that govern graduate education for all graduate programs at the university. These policies are established by the graduate faculty of the university through their elected representatives to the University Graduate Council.
It is the responsibility of all graduate students, both on- and off-campus, to be familiar with the VCU Graduate Bulletin as well as the Graduate School website and academic regulations in individual school and department publications and on program websites. However, in all cases, the official policies and procedures of the University Graduate Council, as published on the VCU Graduate Bulletin and Graduate School websites, take precedence over individual program policies and guidelines.
General academic regulations for
all graduate students in all graduate programs at VCU
The purpose of the Ed.D. in Leadership program is to provide leaders with authentic experiences, appropriate knowledge and skills, and opportunities for reflection that will enable them to succeed in organizational leadership positions. Three analytic lenses — equity, accountability and learning environments — will guide learning activities and enable students from varying backgrounds to consider learning through common perspectives.
Students will examine cases built around enduring questions in the field and examine these questions through three lenses: learning, equity and accountability. Questions will be explored through contrasting evidence from economic, systems, legal, human relations and political data and perspectives. The program content and assessments will correlate to common curriculum elements across perspectives.
The Ed.D. in Leadership is a 48-hour, 36-month program. Based upon principles of adult learning, the program has the following features:
In addition to general VCU Graduate School graduation requirements, students are required to complete course work in core and elective courses.
|EDLP 700 Effective Learning Networks||3|
|EDLP 702 Understanding Self as Leader: Theory and Data Analysis||2|
|EDLP 703 Understanding Self as Leader: Practical Applications||1|
|EDLP 704 Frameworks for Decision-making: Legal Perspectives||3|
|EDLP 705 Frameworks for Decision-making: Ethical Perspectives||3|
|EDLP 708 Leadership Presence||3|
|EDLP 709 Equity and Leadership||3|
|EDLP 711 Evidence-informed Perspectives on Practice I||3|
|EDLP 712 Planning for Sustainable Change I||3|
|EDLP 713 Evidence-informed Perspectives on Practice II||3|
|EDLP 714 Planning for Sustainable Change II||3|
|EDLP 715 Principles for Professional Writing I||3|
|EDLP 716 Principles for Professional Writing II||3|
|EDLP 717 Communicating Research Findings||3|
|EDLP 790 Capstone Development||3|
|EDLP 798 Capstone Plan Implementation||3|
|EDLP 799 Capstone Completion||3|
|Total graduate credit hours required (minimum)||48|
A graduate student admitted to a program or concentration requiring a final research project, work of art, thesis or dissertation, must qualify for continuing master’s or doctoral status according to the degree candidacy requirements of the student’s graduate program. Admission to degree candidacy, if applicable, is a formal statement by the graduate student’s faculty regarding the student’s academic achievements and the student’s readiness to proceed to the final research phase of the degree program.
Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following degree candidacy policy as published in the VCU Graduate Bulletin for complete information and instructions.
Degree candidacy requirements
As graduate students approach the end of their academic programs and the final semester of matriculation, they must make formal application to graduate. No degrees will be conferred until the application to graduate has been finalized.
Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following graduation requirements as published in the Graduate Bulletin for a complete list of instructions and a graduation checklist.
Ed.D. in Leadership program handbook: soe.vcu.edu/files/2013/07/EdD_Handbook_8_31_2012.pdf
Last update: 1/23/2015
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