Course Schedule

Students in lecture hall
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.

Required On-Campus Immersion: August 2022 (Date TBD)
Classes begin the week of August 22, 2022

Sample Schedule

Year 1

Fall Semester

On-Campus Immersion

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.

EDUE 700 | (3 units)

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.

EDUE 701 | (3 units)

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.

Spring Semester

EDUE 702 | (3 units)

Foundations in Learning

Facilitate learning in urban contexts by understanding how culture, identity, and power influence learners’ opportunities to learn.

EDUE 703 | (3 units)

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.

Summer Session

EDUE 718 | (3 units)

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.

EDUE 704 | (3 units)

Leadership Enactment

Acquire or deepen knowledge and skills related to acting as a critically conscious leaders who addresses existing educational inequities.

Year 2

Fall Semester

EDUE 719 | (3 units)

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.

EDUE 726 | (3 units)

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.

Spring Semester

EDUE 727 | (3 units)

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.

EDUE 780a | (3 units)

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.

Summer Session


EDUC 720 | (3 units)

Leadership for Principals


EDUC 721 | (3 units)

Leadership for Superintendents

EDUE 780b | (2 units)

Dissertation in Practice 2

Finalize your literature review, overview of methodology and other contextual writing for the dissertation in practice and qualifying exam.

Year 3

Fall Semester

EDUC 717 | (3 units)

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.

EDUC 599 | (3 units)

Designing Organizations for Equity

Become familiar with organizational theory and design, behavioral science and human resources management and prepare to shape the culture of educational organizations based on the principles of equity and social justice.

Spring Semester

EDUE 784a | (2 units)

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.