Doctor of Education in Leadership and Learning – Higher Education Leadership
Advance your higher education career with an affordable Ed.D.
The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership and Learning – Higher Education Leadership specialization is designed to meet your unique professional needs within an increasingly diverse world.
Enjoy Flexibility – 20 courses with start dates every 2 weeks
Choose Where You Learn – Online courses
Affordable Monthly Payments – Opt to pay $375 per month
Focus On Your Passion – You’re in control of the dissertation process
Together we will examine leadership theories and strategies that will help you effectively manage and strengthen a higher education community. Learn best practices for leadership behavior, student affairs and development, project management, accreditation and more. Explore critical higher education historical and legal issues and investigate the main components of governance within higher education institutions.
The degree is centered around 3 elements:
- Collaborative and ethical leadership
- Transformational leadership
- Reflective scholarship
Through practical, real-world applications, learners will gain adeptness with leading college and university administrators and faculty to create cultures that promote student success.
Is this program for you?
Individuals seeking greater knowledge and skills in accreditation policies and practices for higher education settings, strategies for developing scholarship and inclusive governance, historical and legal perspectives, and financial management of those environments would benefit most from this doctoral degree emphasis.
We understand trying to fit education into an already busy schedule. We created interactive, flexible, facilitated, online courses designed to fit around your lifestyle.
Benefits of a Doctorate in Education
- Continue professional development
- Grow your educational philosophy
- Pursue senior roles
- Familiarize yourself with new technology tools
What is the dissertation process?
The dissertation is the final step of a doctoral program and culmination of a student’s doctoral studies. The dissertation is a written document that summarizes a completed research study that is grounded in theory and is methodologically sound.
- Application – A completed application.
- Resume – A resume or curriculum vitae.
- Statement of Goals – A statement of your goals reflecting the academic, professional, and personal goals you would like to achieve through your work with Aspen University. Your goals statement will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee as part of the application process. The statement of goals should be between 300 – 500 words.
- Master’s Degree Transcripts – Official transcript demonstrating a conferred master’s degree from an institution that is accredited by a CHEA recognized accrediting body or an international equivalent, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater.
- Military Documentation (Optional) – A copy of the most recent orders; or a copy of DD214 (This can be requested from the National Archives.)
- EDD830 - Leadership Theory
- RSH900 - Doctoral Writing and Inquiry into Research
- EDD832 - Human Potential and Motivation
- EDH810 - Historical and Legal Perspectives in Higher Education
- EDH812 - Student Affairs and Development in Higher Education
- EDD834 - Creating Strategic Change That Lasts
- RSH910 - Research Design and Methodology
- EDD836 - Project Management Techniques
- RSH912 - Introduction to the Dissertation
- EDH814 - Accountability and Accreditation
- EDD838 - Building Successful Organizations that Endure
- RSH914 - Techniques and Interpretation for Statistical Analysis
- EDH816 - Strategic Planning
- EDH818 - Financial Management and Enrollment Development
- RSH916 - Problem-Based Research in Action
- EDH820 - Building Scholarship and Organizational Governance
- Final Proctored Exam
- EDD820 - Dissertation I: Dissertation Committee Selection and Research Proposal
- Surviving Your Dissertation: A Comprehensive Guide to Content and Process (4th Edition) - 9781452260976
- Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th Edition) - 9781433832154
- EDD821 - Dissertation II: Literature Review, Methodology, and IRB Process
- EDD822 - Dissertation III: Research and Results
- EDD823 - Dissertation IV: Conclusions, Oral Defense, and Publication
The emphasis of this course is on leadership with the focus on the application of leadership concepts and leadership skills. Through the examination of a wide array of different leadership theories, the student gains knowledge and skills for a plethora of theoretical paradigms and models, which can be used to influence others towards positive and lasting change. Working with teams and dealing with the politics and power within an organization are also examined in depth.3 Credits
This research course examines the basic principles and techniques of doctoral scholarship, and offers an overview of the development of theory and research logic, explores the relationship between theoretical and empirical constructs, and provides a wide variety of specific research methodologies, including the scholarly publication process. Students study the principles of the scientific method and research design techniques common to both qualitative and quantitative research, including sampling methods and data collection techniques. Material includes examination of various research methods including electronic searches and retrieval methods. Students learn to critically read research papers and articles, and are introduced to the writing techniques necessary to produce expository and analytical papers to the standards of publishable work. This course is a prerequisite for all other doctorate courses.3 Credits
This course examines a meaningful and sophisticated understanding of motivation and emotion. Blending motivation and emotion with leadership builds a powerful sense of tolerance and meaning in many domains of life: home, school, workplace, clinical setting, athletic fields, healthcare, and interpersonal relationships. The course deeply explores individual emotion, mindset, and interventions. A leader can use this knowledge to motivate individuals and evaluate how emotion drives behavior to obtain the best performance out of their employees and relationships in all facets of life.3 Credits
This course explores higher education law and critical issues in higher education including the numerous facets of sub-topics that fall under both. These include governance of higher education, sources of higher education law, legal relationships within institutions of higher education, law/policy distinction, and the U.S. legal system as it relates to higher education law. This course includes methodological approaches using a new historical lens and critical examinations of special issues.3 Credits
One of the critical areas of higher education administration is student affairs. University and college leaders must understand the characteristics of a student population and be able to create environments that promote learning, safety, socio-emotional health, and inclusion. This course explores topics related to assessing student learning, establishing positive campus cultures, dealing with crisis on campus, involving community partners, and designing academic intervention plans.3 Credits
Creating strategic change that lasts is a fine art of every successful leader. Throughout this course, students examine what the best leaders do to create an atmosphere where employees in the organization can flourish. The focus is on learning essential behaviors that promote a high-energy culture.3 Credits
This course begins to ask the doctoral student to reflect on past courses, studies and articles that support and build upon personal areas of interest. The course is designed to challenge students to think about an area of interest and begin develop a comprehensive research topic aligned with their professional goals. Students expand on the research topic, identify appropriate theories, methodologies and consider research design. At the end of eight weeks, students will frame the beginning of a doctoral research dissertation.3 Credits
Every career today requires both leadership and management. Traditionally, leadership is seen as charting the vision while management provides the execution. Modern day leaders understand that it is more complex than that. Precise and thoughtful management does more than simply execute a collective leadership vision. It creates continuity, organization, and the capacity to understand the systemic objectives ahead. This course helps to provide guidance in the all-important area of project management and the techniques that support those outcomes.3 Credits
This course provides the student with an overview of each part required in the completion of the dissertation writing process. It reflects each of the five chapters necessary when preparing the doctoral dissertation and includes the ethical and professional requirements to help make the author accountable and reflective in its presentation, validity, and significance to future researchers and readers. The student selects an existing, published dissertation in their discipline and examines it throughout the course as a model for how to effectively design and write a solid dissertation.3 Credits
This course addresses the issue of assessment, accountability, and accreditation. It examines the national context for a culture of assessment and address issues in mission identification and planning. Students explore the use of tools to evaluate institutional effectiveness and develop measures to investigate the degree to which student learning is shaped by these dynamics. Clearly, cost is a factor in higher education and program effectiveness is impacted by how these initiatives are conceptualized, executed, and ultimately led. Communication and goal identification are also key points of interest.3 Credits
This course is about the steps that leaders take to create organizations that are fully undergirded in a way that leads to their ongoing sustenance and growth and continued innovation and improvement. This is an essential course in pursuit of highly effective organizations; it is imperative to create cultures of change and to attempt to create organizations that are self-sustaining and highly organized. This course addresses a number of pertinent topics regarding this change dynamic and offers the student an opportunity to give considerations to theory and instructional practices.3 Credits
This research course emphasizes practicality and flexibility in its approach to augmenting organizational decision-making. In this course, a practical approach is adopted that prepares students to identify the correct method, calculate the statistics, and properly interpret the results to solve the question at hand. Application and interpretation of statistics is stressed as students see for themselves how statistics work.3 Credits
This course explores the essence of contemporary strategic planning. Strategic planning today has evolved in terms of process and expected outcomes and this course investigates both in higher education institutions. All effective leaders need to have a solid, achievable plan that targets the specific outcomes of the organization. This course addresses techniques for implementing strategic planning that result in a significant impact on the success of the institution.3 Credits
In this course, the student has an opportunity to explore financial planning and the enrollment development process. Both of these aspects of leadership in a modern day educational system are linked. Developing the skills, strategies, and necessary leadership to accurately navigate these ever-changing dynamics creates opportunities for much better outcomes. This course explores this emergent topic and directly identifies mechanisms for developing enrollment goals that drive budget needs.3 Credits
This course is designed to provide students with additional research tools used to solve everyday problems through a process of inquiry and developing solutions to significant problems in the workplace. This useful strategy can provide the leader a design for decision-making based on data and supportive research.3 Credits
This course explores four main components of governance within higher education institutions. In higher education these include: (a) organizational governance, (b) teaching, (c) learning, and (d) research. The sub-topics that are covered are converting theory to practice, political and cultural issues in higher education settings, the concept of organized anarchy, quality teaching, diversity, assessment, workplace learning, developing research and scholarship, and learning in the digital age. The sub-topics weave into the larger umbrella of the main four topics and all are necessary to be successful in higher education leadership.3 Credits
EDD 820 is designed to provide students the guidance to select a dissertation research topic, create a research plan and form their dissertation committee. After establishing the committee, students begin work on Chapter 1 of their dissertation. Chapter 1 serves as the guiding document as it overviews the scope, purpose, nature and intent of the dissertation. At the completion of this course, students are ready to defend their dissertation proposal.3 Credits
EDD 821 is designed to guide students through two integral components of the dissertation process, the literature review and methodology. Under the direction of their dissertation committee, students frame their dissertation research study within the context of the relevant academic literature. Using this knowledge, students design the methodology of their dissertation research study, complete the required ethical training to conduct research, and submit their proposal to the Institutional Review Board. At the completion of this course, students will have finalized Chapters 2 and 3 and are prepared to conduct their dissertation research study.3 Credits
EDD 822 focuses on the implementation of the dissertation research study and the analysis of the results. Students conduct their research study with an understanding of key ethical, practical, theoretical and methodological considerations. At the conclusion of the data collection, students analyze and interpret data in relation to the research questions and theoretical framework. Through this process, students complete Chapter 4 of their dissertation.3 Credits
EDD 823 brings students to the completion of their dissertation journey. Students complete the final chapter of their dissertation, polish the completed work, and then organize and facilitate an oral defense of their work. Upon receiving final approval and grade, students are able to apply for publication as well as their commencement from Aspen University.3 Credits