Ed.D., Organizational Leadership
Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership
The program is designed to develop visionary leaders that are creative change agents in diverse organizational settings. The Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership encourages transformation through collaboration, innovation, positive influence and strategic thinking. With cohorts meeting throughout the state of California and Washington this groundbreaking program is offered in a flexible hybrid format of online instruction and local face-to-face support systems, serving the needs of students with busy schedules.
Advantages of the program include utilization of the latest technology and multimedia tools, instruction by experienced faculty who are active practitioners, curriculum that balances collaboration with independent learning, and diverse instructional strategies that emphasize practical application of best practices in the field of education. Students are able to complete coursework in two years and their dissertation in approximately one year following.
- Cohorts: Individual online work and study will be augmented with extended activities in monthly half-day cohort meetings, in which students work together to develop their leadership competencies. Students will be assigned to a local cohort with others in their geographical area. A leading practitioner will serve as a cohort mentor, working with you continuously for the two years of coursework.
- Immersions: Six times during two years of coursework all Ed.D. students will meet near the Irvine campus for extensive relationship-building with faculty and students program-wide, presentations by expert speakers, dissertation seminars, and in-depth engagement in learning.
- Transformational Change Project: To integrate change theory into real world settings and provide an opportunity for clinical practice, each student will design, implement, and assess a Transformational Change Project (TCP), which will be operationalized in a real organization.
- Dissertation - Two Approaches: Students have the option of working individually in the traditional dissertation approach or engaging in a supportive collaboration of faculty and several other dissertation students in a thematic dissertation. Each student in the thematic group develops a research plan around a current interest that they share. Each student researches the problem from a different perspective. All members of the group share literature sources, provide feedback on research design and drafts, and help each other remain focused and moving forward. One faculty member serves as the chair for all students working in the small collaborative group. Whether pursuing the traditional dissertation approach or the thematic dissertation, each student writes their own dissertation.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Transformational Leadership: Create a vision of the future as an ethical agent of change, who mobilizes stakeholders to transform the organization.
- Diversity: Integrate the strengths that individual and cultural differences contribute to create an organization that is equitable, respectful, responsive and morally accountable in a global society.
- Collaborative Relationships: Build a culture of trusting relationships and purposeful involvement that supports critical and creative problem solving and decision making through effective communication and conflict resolution.
- Political Intelligence: Generate organizational influence to ethically advocate for causes and changes that will advance the organization’s vision and mission.
- Strategic Thinking: Construct a systems- oriented learning organization to develop, implement, and assess effective, futures-based plans that facilitate innovation, problem solving and continuous improvement.
- Creativity and Sustained Innovation: Develop a culture of divergent thinking and responsible risk taking that harnesses the potential of available human capital to transform the organization.
Admission to the Doctoral Program in Organizational Leadership may be achieved by fulfilling the graduate admission requirements as stated in the catalog.
- Transcripts documenting successful attainment of a Masters Degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
- If the applicant is not in a leadership position, a letter must be submitted explaining his/her plans for addressing assignments that involve working with groups in an organization to develop work products.
- If the applicant is not in a leadership position, a letter must be submitted explaining his/her plans for addressing assignments in nearly every course that involve working with individuals and groups in an organization to bring about important change.
- Submission of a portfolio consisting of the following:
- Two writing samples that show graduate level writing and analytical skills
- A resume showing leadership experience, professional development, achievement awards or professional recognition
- Two letters of reference from persons who can attest to the applicant’s ability to do graduate level work
- A letter of intent explaining reasons for wanting to enter this program.
Please note: To achieve admission to the Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership your application must be submitted before the deadline of May 1, 2015. There will be a $250 non-refundable enrollment deposit required to confirm your enrollment and hold a position in the class. Campuses that do not obtain a minimum of 8 admitted and enrolled students with a confirmed deposit by May 31, 2015 will need to be relocated to the nearest regional campus for the monthly cohort meetings.
||Organizational Communication and Conflict Management
||Team and Group Dynamics
||Organizational Theory and Development
||Assessment, Evaluation, and Accountability
||Creativity, Innovation, and Sustainable Change
||The Ethics and Politics of Decision Making
||Diversity and Intercultural Aspects of Leadership
||Innovation in Resource Management
||The Leader as Change Agent
||Writing for Research and Publication I
||Writing for Research and Publication II
||Quantitative Research Methods I
||Quantitative Research Methods II
||Qualitative Research Methods I
||Qualitative Research Methods II
||Transformational Change Field Experience
||Developing the Dissertation Prospectus
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