Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Concentration: Leadership and Policy Studies in Education

The PhD concentration in Leadership and Policy Studies in Education requires a minimum of 60 credit hours, 30 hours of which will be taken toward completing a dissertation. As per the UAEU regulations, students should be studying on a full-time basis where they study three courses each semester. The time to complete the degree depends on the ability of the student to pass the comprehensive exam and write their dissertations. However, it is very likely to get the degree in less than four years. The main objectives of a PhD in Leadership and Policy Studies in Education are to help doctoral students to be competent in doing research in this area of specialization, teaching in higher education institutions, and to advance their knowledge, skills, and dispositions in this important area. This would allow them to attain leadership positions in schools, school districts, or higher levels of educational administration. Students in the PhD concentration in Leadership and Policy Studies will learn about highly important issues for leading educational systems and policy planning. A few of the issues of importance in the concentration include learning about organizational behavior, motivating and leading personnel toward higher productivity, leading school change, becoming instructional and transformational leaders, learning about sociology of education, being inducted into ethical leadership of schools and educational institutions, learning how to bridge the gaps between schools and the surrounding community, understanding global influence on education and being prepared to adapt to international changes, caring for diverse groups of students, and doing quantitative and qualitative research on leadership and policy issues

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Will demonstrate the breadth of knowledge in the discipline and advance, in-depth knowledge in the sub-discipline or area of specialization.
  • Will have performed and defended an original work of research in their fields of specialization which contributed new human knowledge.
  • Will be able to identify, analyze critically and explain open problems in their disciplines and apply relevant research methodology for finding a possible solution.
  • Will be able to communicate the major tenets of their field of specialization and their work orally and in writing to the faculty, their peers, and the lay public.
  • Will be able to identify areas where ethical issues may arise in their field, and articulate strategies to mitigate situations related to ethical issues in their profession.
  • Will demonstrate an insight into the transferable nature of research skills to other work environments and the range of career opportunities available to them inside and outside academia.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 60 hours

Program Requirements: All courses in Group 1 and 9 credits from Group 2.

Part 1: General Requirements (Group 1: The following 9 credits) (18.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CURR701Curriculum Theory and Practice3.000
FOED702Organizational theory in educational leadership3.000
SPED704Teaching Children from Culturally and Linguistically Divers Background3.000

Group 2 (Research Methodologies): Any 9 credits of the following courses (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CURR710Quantitative Research Methods in Education I3.000
CURR712Advanced Data Analysis in Quantitative Research3.000
CURR713Qualitative Research Methods in Education 3.000
CURR715Mixed Methods Research in Education3.000

Part 2: Concentration Requirements (Any 9 credits of the following courses:) (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
FOED704Philosophy of Education3.000
FOED720Comparative and International Education3.000
FOED721Sociology of Education3.000
FOED722Leading School Change3.000
FOED723Leadership & Policy in Adult Education3.000
FOED724 Ethics of Educational Leadership3.000

Part 3: Elective Requirements (A 3-credit FOED 7xx level course approved by the Advisory Committee.) (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours

Part 4: Qualification Requirements (0.00 hours)

Credit Hours
FOED800Comprehensive Examination0.000
FOED810Research Proposal0.000

Part 5: Research Requirements (30.00 hours)

Credit Hours
FOED900Dissertation Research  10.000
FOED910Dissertation Defense0.000
1 : Min CH:0 and Max CH:9