The Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership online program requires a minimum of 43 units. The program is completed in three years with two courses in most semesters. K-12 concentration courses are indicated in yellow.
The course schedule below should be used as an example. Contact your admission representative to discuss your specific course schedule. No part time option is available for this program.
On-Campus Immersion: Date TBD
As a student in the program, you are required to attend a two-day immersion on the USC University Park Campus. The immersion experience, which includes the orientation to the program, will provide the opportunity to meet your classmates and faculty members, develop the academic skills necessary for success in the program and explore a process for critical reflection. Travel and accommodations for the immersion are not included in the cost of the program.
Foundations of Urban Education
Explore urban P-20 education through social, historical, and political lenses and learn how research and policy shape professional practice in Los Angeles and the United States.
Foundations in Leadership in Education
Gain foundational knowledge about leadership theory and practice to support your development as a critically conscious leader who takes action to address inequities in urban contexts.
Foundations in Learning
Facilitate learning in urban contexts by understanding how culture, identity, and power influence learners’ opportunities to learn.
Power, Diversity and Equity
Explore power, diversity and equity through the social, historical and political lenses as these constructs shape and impact education (P-20) research, policy and professional practice.
Resourcing Schools for Equity and Excellence
Apply economic theory to the study of education and market theory to education, partnerships, allocation of resources and the examination of educational enterprises.
Acquire or deepen knowledge and skills related to acting as a critically conscious leaders who addresses existing educational inequities.
Research Methods 1
Explore the historically complex relationship between education research, education (in)equity and personal practice, and the possibilities of research to foster justice in education.
Leading for Instructional Improvement
Improve your instructional leadership capacity as a K-12 practitioner, addressing power and its impact on creating and perpetuating educational inequities for historically marginalized and minoritized children and adults.
Research Methods 2
Building on Research Methods 1, learn to implement a research design by conducting pilot studies to answer quantitative and qualitative research questions.
Dissertation in Practice 1
Complete a literature review, overview of methodology and other contextual writing for your dissertation in practice and prepare for the qualifying exam.
Education Policy and Politics
Apply economic theory to the study of education. Gain an understanding of the application of market theory to education, partnerships, allocation of resources and the examination of educational enterprises.
Dissertation in Practice 2
Finalize your literature review, overview of methodology and other contextual writing for the dissertation in practice and qualifying exam.
EDUC 720 | (3 units)
Leadership for Principals
EDUC 721 | (3 units)
Leadership for Superintendents
Communicating as Leaders
Develop your ability to communicate effectively and in innovatively with multiple audiences in multiple formats including scholarly, internal and external communications.
Dissertation in Practice 3, Data Analysis
Build your knowledge and skills for analyzing quantitative and qualitative data and reporting results and findings for your Dissertations in Practice.