Concentrations

As part of the doctorate program students will select one of the three concentrations to specialize their studies.


Concentration

Target Population

Description

P-20 Instructional Design and Development Concentration

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.

Prepares scholar practitioners to provide instructional leadership in P-12 public/private elementary, secondary schools, or college/university teacher education faculty positions.

P-12 Administration Concentration

Individuals seeking a terminal degree and Administrative Licensure (Principals, Vice Principals, District Office Administrators, Superintendents).

Prepares scholar practitioners to provide administrative leadership in public/private elementary schools, secondary schools, and charter schools.

Higher Education Concentration

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.

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.

P-20 Instructional Design and Development Concentration

Courses:

Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (3 credits)
Leading Educational Organizations through Professional Development (3 units)
Leading People (3 credits)
Equity In Educational Environments (3 credits)

Outcomes:

  • 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

P-12 Administration Concentration

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. 

Outcomes:

  • 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

Courses:

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)

Outcomes:

  • 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