Proposed Course Sequence for Cohort Beginning in Fall 2021

The executive cohort model is designed to accommodate the needs of working professionals. Students enroll in two courses each term for all three terms, thereby completing the required coursework in three years. Each course meets five times during the term, with additional assignments completed between class sessions. All face-to-face sessions meet at the ESU Lehigh Valley Campus in Bethlehem on Friday night and Saturday (one course each day).

The courses are designed to both increase student knowledge and application of leadership and change management theories and develop the skills required for successful completion of the dissertation. The course sequence below is a sample; the specific sequence of courses for this cohort will be finalized closer to Fall 2021.

Year Fall Term Spring Term Summer Term
  • Leadership Theories
  • School and Community
  • Curriculum Analysis
  • Doctoral Seminar in Advanced Research Methods
  • Analysis of Qualitative Data in Leadership Studies
  • Advanced Topics in Human Development
  • Critical Analysis of Issues in Education
  • Leadership Case Study
  • Research Instrument Design for Leadership
  • School Law and Negotiations
  • School Finance
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Leadership Applied Practice
  • Analysis of Effective Instruction and Supervisory Techniques
  • Special Topics in Education
  • Internship
  • Internship

In addition to the courses listed above, all doctoral students will complete 9 credits of Dissertation. Students enroll in dissertation credits each term following their last internship course until they successfully defend their dissertation.

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Title of Department Leader
Coordinator of Doctoral Program
Diane Holben
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