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.
Required Credit Hours :
minimum 60 hours
All courses in Group 1 and 9 credits from Group 2.
Part 3: Elective Requirements
(A 3-credit FOED 7xx level course approved by the Advisory Committee.) (3.00 hours)