Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) - Educational Leadership
Doctorate of Education Program Overview
The Department of Educational Studies offers a graduate program in educational leadership leading to a Educational Doctorate (Ed.D.). The first cohort doctoral students began in 2001 with 22 students. 21 of which completed their program and successfully completed their dissertation, since that time 11 cohorts have begun the program with cohorts running from 5 to 18 students. During the 2015-2016, 13 students earned their doctoral degrees. The doctoral program develops leaders who enable educational institutions, regardless of the obstacles, to exceed. This goal is achieved by means of a collaborative, inquiry-based learning structure that unites a group of practicing professionals as they explore how theory, research, applied technology, and heightened political understanding serve to resolve the issues educational leaders regularly face.
Beginning with the Fall 2016 semester, the doctoral program will have two options. The traditional option will be for those educators who intend to work in the PreK-12 environment as teachers, principals, central office administrators, superintendents and consultants. The second option will focus on educational leadership in higher education. The higher education option will be designed to best meet the student's career goals whether that be in teaching at the college or university environment or in an administrative role.
For those interested in superintendent licensure and the doctoral degree (PreK-12 option), both programs have been redesigned to work seamlessly to achieve those objectives. Twenty-four of the superintendent licensure coursework also counts towards the doctoral degree.
The educational leadership doctoral program at Western Illinois University offers courses through the Weekend Academy format. In this format, classes meet on Saturdays (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Sundays (8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.), three weekends a semester. Courses are offered at both the Macomb and the Moline campuses along with the University Center of Lake County (Grayslake). Two-way and three-way video conferencing is utilized for some coursework. Some courses are delivered in a hybrid format ( a combination of face-to-face and online). Students generally take two courses a semester.
Educational Leadership Program History
Educational Leadership has long been recognized for strong programs leading to school principal and superintendent certification. The department has certified more than 2,000 principals and 600 superintendents since 1967 when Illinois began approval of administrator preparation programs. These programs have received National Recognition by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) and the Specialized Professional Association for school leadership preparation programs. The Ed.D. degree extends the department’s other program efforts and, specifically, builds upon the Education Specialist program.