Curriculum

Online Doctor of Education Classes at George Fox University. Student.

A Curriculum Designed for the Educational Leader

Doctor of Education students develop a strong, professional-focused foundation through core curriculum themes: ethics, historical, philosophical and social foundations, teaching and learning, leading and managing, and research.

Within each area students are allowed to choose electives that enhance their own areas of professional development, although some areas have required courses that are essential to the doctorate. Issues of cultural diversity are woven into courses within each perspective area.

Ethical Perspectives (6 hours)

EDFL 672 Ethics and Cultural Diversity 3
EDFL 675 Faith and Learning Seminars (three 1-hour courses) * Online Class Option 3

Foundational Perspectives (6 hours)

Students must select 6 hours from the following courses:
EDFL 680 Philosophical Perspectives on Education * Online Class Option 3
EDFL 682 Legal Perspectives on Educational Policy and Finance * Online Class Option 3
EDFL 685 Selected Topics in Foundational Perspectives * Online Class Option 1-3
EDFL 686 Political and Social Perspectives on Education 3
EDFL 687 Critical Issues in Higher Education 3
EDFL 690 International Perspectives on Education 3
EDFL 692 Historical Perspectives on American Education * Online Class Option 3
EDFL 694 History of American Higher Education * Online Class Option 3

Teaching and Learning Perspectives (6 hours)

EDFL 506 Research in Effective Teaching * Online Class Option 3
Students must select 3 hours from the following courses:
EDFL 500 Instructional Supervision 3
EDFL 505 Trends and Issues in Education 3
EDFL 508 Learning and Cognition * Online Class Option 3
EDFL 515 Selected Topics in Curriculum and Instruction * Online Class Option 1-3
EDFL 624 Developing Curriculum With New Technologies * Online Class Option 2
EDFL 630 Advanced Developmental Psychology * Online Class Option 2
EDFL 631 Implementing Inclusion in the Regular Classroom * Online Class Option 2
EDFL 634 Adult Development in Educational Organizations * Online Class Option 2
EDFL 638 Testing and Measurement 2

Leading and Managing Perspectives (6 hours)

EDFL 641 Personal Leadership Assessment 3
Students must select 3 hours from the following courses:
EDFL 626 Implementing Technology in Educational Organizations 2
EDFL 640 Leadership in Education 3
EDFL 642 Student Life: Issues, Policy, and Planning 2
EDFL 643 Enrollment Issues: Marketing and Retention 2
EDFL 644 Advancing the Organization: Fund Raising 2
EDFL 650 Managing Organizational Resources 3
EDFL 651 Strategic Planning 2
EDFL 653 Organizational Change and Decision Making * Online Class Option 2
EDFL 654 Program Evaluation for Organizational Success * Online Class Option 3
EDFL 655 Selected Topics in Leading and Managing * Online Class Option 1-3
EDFL 656 Organizational Behavior in Education * Online Class Option 1-3
EDFL 660 School District Leadership 3
EDFL 661 Administration of Specialized Programs 3
EDFL 662 Superintendency for the 21st Century 3

Research Perspectives (12 hours)

EDFL 700 Intro to Qualitative and Quantitative Research 3
EDFL 701 Educational Statistics * Online Class Option 3
EDFL 702 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods 3
EDFL 703 Bibliographic Research and Writing * Online Class Option 2
EDFL 707 Survey Research Designs 2

Electives (18 hours)

Students may take additional courses beyond the minimum in the perspective areas to complete a specialization, transfer up to 17 semester hours into their programs from other institutions, or complete practica from teaching endorsements, teaching licenses, and administrative licenses.
 
In addition to the courses offered through the EDFL department, students may also select courses from George Fox University graduate programs in psychology, business, counseling, Christian education, and religion to meet their specific professional goals.

Dissertation (8 hours)

EDFL 720 Dissertation Research 2
EDFL 721 Dissertation Research 2
EDFL 722 Dissertation Research 2
EDFL 723 Dissertation Research 2
EDFL 725 Dissertation Research (continuation as needed) 2
 
Note:
Doctoral students may take a maximum of 4 hours of doctoral dissertation research hours in any semester. EDFL 725 is for students who do not finish their dissertation research within the minimum 8 hours. EDFL 725 is repeatable until the dissertation is finished.

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