Doctor of Education Concentrations
As part of the doctorate program, students will select one of three concentrations to specialize their studies:
Prepares scholar practitioners to provide instructional leadership in P-12 public/private elementary, secondary schools, or college/university teacher education faculty positions.
Prepares scholar practitioners to provide administrative leadership in public/private elementary schools, secondary schools, and charter schools.
Prepares scholar practitioners with the goal of leadership in university departments to lead effectively in both academic and non-academic departments of the university and work in higher education, governmental, and/or professional settings.
Instructional Design and Development Concentration
Who it's for
- P-20 teacher leaders seeking a terminal degree in educational leadership
- Teacher education faculty in community colleges, or public/private colleges and universities
- Individuals associated with P-20 governmental agencies or educational non-profits
- Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (3 credits)
- Leading Educational Organizations through Professional Development (3 units)
- Leading People (3 credits)
- Equity In Educational Environments (3 credits)
- Critically evaluate curricular theory and instructional design based on current research in an effort to provide leadership in educational organizations
- Use knowledge and skills to envision and design highly effective professional development experiences, to equip adult learners in a variety of educational environments
- Examine strategic leadership strategies that facilitate team building, group dynamics, and conflict resolution within the context of diverse educational organizations
- Demonstrate leadership that promotes equitable policies, procedures, and systems that enhance learning within P-20 or community-based educational organizations
- Create effective learning environments using research-based teaching strategies that engage and support diverse learners
Who it's for
Individuals seeking a terminal degree and Administrative Licensure (Principals, Vice Principals, District Office Administrators, Superintendents).
The courses for this concentration align with the Administrative Licensure (PreAL/ProAL) programs offered by the George Fox College of Education. The 18 units required to complete an PreAL/ProAL will fulfill both the 12 concentration and 6 elective requirements for students who have selected this track.
Preliminary Administrative License (PreAL/Tier I) (formerly Initial Administrative License/IAL)
The PreAL prepares competent and ethical leaders to meet the personnel needs of schools in Oregon through partnerships with public and private schools.
Professional Administrative License (ProAL/Tier II) (formerly Continuing Administrative License/CAL)
The ProAL emphasizes the TSPC standards for demonstrating district-level competency in content knowledge, skills, and dispositions while matching experienced practitioner-mentors with administrator candidates.
- Understand the developmental needs of students at all authorization levels
- Be able to conduct and use research as a tool for improving a learning organization
- Understand the goals of the Oregon Content Standards and how to use them as a guide in assessing your own school's goals and evaluating progress
- Be prepared to lead teachers in helping students meet the standards and in continuing their professional development
Higher Education Concentration
Who it's for
- Individuals currently working or aspiring to work as leaders in higher education (Dean, Provost) or as university administrators (student life, recruitment etc.)
- Community college or university faculty (other than teacher education) seeking a terminal degree in educational leadership
- Individuals associated with higher educational organizations such as accreditation bodies, governmental agencies, and philanthropic organizations
- Teaching & Learning in Higher Education (3 units)
- Higher Education History and Current Practice (3 units)
- Higher Education Leadership and Management (3 units)
- Contemporary Issues in Higher Education (3 units)
- Improve decision making at all levels of the institution, providing wise care of the structures, values, practices, and persons who live and work in institutions of higher education
- Recognize and assess contemporary issues at play in institutions of higher education, bringing a scholarly dimension to institutional roles and responsibilities
- Strengthen faculty roles, providing historical, philosophical and organizational insights and perspectives to address contemporary academic challenges and to guide the development and improvement of curriculum and instruction
- Improve administrative practice at the institutional level, bringing theory and relevant scholarship to bear on institutional development and change
- Identify and examine relevant management functions at work in contemporary higher education, applying cogent leadership theories to address the challenges and concerns facing educational institutions