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Graduate Program

The following minimal requirements will satisfy the Ph.D. degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis. The student’s program is to be developed in consultation with a departmental advisor.

The Ph.D. degree is the highest academic degree awarded by the Department and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It requires at least three (3) years of study and research beyond the bachelor’s degree.

Overall, doctoral students must take 75 credits of course work, distributed across the categories as described below. Courses may only be counted in one category. At least 39 credits of the total program have to be in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis courses completed at UW-Madison.

Graduate Credit Requirements (pertaining to items listed below)

  • minimum graduate residence credit requirement
  • minimum graduate degree credit requirement
  • minimum graduate course work (50%) requirement
  • maximum credits per term
  • prior course work requirement

 

Course Requirements

Category Credits

  • Introduction to the Field 6
  • Core Knowledge 12
  • Program Depth 9
  • Electives 15
  • Minor 12
  • Research Methods and Design 12
  • Research/Thesis 9

Total 75 Credits

Course Descriptions

Introduction to the Field (6 credits)

These introductory courses lay the foundational framework for work in the department. The Doctoral Inquiry class is to be taken during the first year of course work, and is required for all incoming Ph.D. students regardless of their area of interest. Students are strongly encouraged to take the Introduction to the Field (either 701 or 702) at the beginning of their studies as well. Select 2 of the 3 courses listed in consultation with your advisor.

  • ELPA 940 Doctoral Inquiry
  • ELPA 701 Introduction to Higher and Post-Secondary Education (EA 715 through Fall ‘97 meets this requirement)
  • ELPA 702 Introduction to Educational Leadership

Core Knowledge (12 credits)

The department believes that students in educational administration should be familiar with four program areas of knowledge: Organizations and Planning; Program and Instructional Leadership and Management; Politics, Policy and Finance; Learning and Diversity. Knowledge in each of these areas is focused on providing a theoretical and empirical research knowledge base to facilitate improvements in teaching and learning in educational organizations. Students should take courses from those listed below.  Students who have taken similar courses at other institutions and are transferring credits for those courses should take an advanced or related ELPA course in each area identified through consultation with their advisor.  (12 credits total).

Organizations and Planning

Knowledge of classic and emerging theoretical approaches to organizations; Understanding and interpreting organizational experience; Decision making; Planning and evaluation; Key relationships between organizations and their environments.

Primary Courses
  • ELPA 730 Program Development in Continuing Education
  • ELPA 860 Organizational Theory and Behavior in Education
  • ELPA 875 Theory and Practice of Educational Planning
Program and Instructional Leadership and Management

Leadership theory; Effective leadership; Functional, symbolic, political, and human aspects of leadership; Leading change; Conflict resolution; Empowerment; Sharing leadership; Motivation of self and others; Ethical and moral dimensions of leadership.

Primary Courses
  • ELPA 715 Governance and Administration of Colleges and Universities (fall ‘97 or later)
  • ELPA 845 School-Level Leadership
  • ELPA 847 Instructional Leadership and Teacher Capacity
Politics, Policy and Finance

Educational governance; Operating within a political environment; Understanding and interpreting political context; Principles of design and implementation of educational policies; Sources of revenues; Effective expenditure of educational dollars; Equity and adequacy issues.

Primary Courses
  • ELPA 830 School Finance and Resouce Allocation
  • ELPA 831 Financing Post-secondary Education
  • ELPA 840 Public School Law
  • ELPA 841 Legal Aspects of Higher Education
  • ELPA 870 The Politics of Education
  • ELPA 872 Educational Policy Research Design and Implementation
Learning and Diversity

Addressing the diverse learning needs of students; Professional development; Managing academic program, curriculum and instruction to promote student learning; Administering learning and co-curricular activities to reflect students’ common and distinct experiential base.

Primary Courses
  • ELPA 735 Leadership for Equity and Diversity
  • ELPA 736 Administration of Student Services in Higher Education
  • ELPA/C&I 746 The Adult Learner: Implications for Curriculum & Instruction
  • ELPA 880 Academic Programs in Colleges and Universities
  • ELPA 848 Professional Development and Organizational Learning

Program Depth (9 credits)

The department believes that students should have depth in at least one of the four program areas. Therefore, the department requires that students in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis take at least three ADDITIONAL courses in one of the four program areas: Organizations and Planning; Program and Instructional Leadership and Management; Politics, Policy and Finance; and Learning and Diversity. At least one of the three additional courses must be in Educational Administration.

Organizations and Planning
Planning for Quality and Productivity Improvement
  • ELPA 730 Program Development in Continuing Education
  • ELPA 826 Evaluation for Administrative Decision Making in Education
  • ELPA 875 Theory and Practice of Educational Planning
  • ELPA 970 Seminar in Educational Planning
  • OTM BUS 770 Quality and Productivity Improvement
Organizational Analysis
  • ELPA 860 Organizational Theory and Behavior in Education
  • ELPA 950 Seminar Organizational Theory and Behavior in Education
  • SOC 632  Sociology of Organizations
  • Business 900 level Seminar in Organizational Theory and Strategy 
Program and Instructional Leadership and Management
  • ELPA/IS 660 Foundations of Education to Work
  • ELPA/IS 705 Community Building, Action, and Learning: Leadership Dynamics
  • ELPA 715 Governance and Administration of Colleges and Universities
  • ELPA 785 Staff Personnel Systems in Education
  • ELPA 844 Technology and School Leadership
  • ELPA 845 School-Level Leadership
  • ELPA 846 The School Superintendency
  • ELPA 847 Instructional Leadership and Teacher Capacity
  • ELPA 848 Professional Development and Organizational Learning 
  • ELPA 915 Seminar: College and University Administration
  • ELPA 940 Seminar in Educational Administration (by topic)
Politics, Policy and Finance
Politics and Policy
  • ELPA 770 School-Community Engagement
  • ELPA 870 The Politics of Education
  • ELPA 872 Educational Policy Research and Implementation
  • ELPA 965 Seminar in the Politics of Education
  • ELPA 940 Seminar in Educational Administration (by topic)
    including but not limited to:
    Homlessness, Schools and Communities
  • EPS 600 Problems in Educational Policy (by topic)
  • EPS 765 Issues in Educational Policy Analysis
  • EPS 920 Seminar in Education and Public Policy (by topic)
  • Pub Aff 869 Workshop in Public Affairs
  • Pub Aff 871 Public Program Evaluation
  • Pub Aff 874 Policy-Making Process
  • Pub Aff 974 Seminar: Politics and Public Policy
  • INTER-HE 501 Special Topics
Finance
  • ELPA 830 School Finance and Resource Allocation
  • ELPA 831 Financing Postsecondary Education
  • ELPA 960 Seminar in Educational Finance
  • ELPA 940 Seminar in Educational Administration (by topic)
  • Econ 711 Economic Theory - Macroeconomics Sequence I
  • Econ 712 Economic Theory - Macroeconomics Sequence II
  • Econ 741 Theory of Public Finance and Fiscal Policy I (advanced course)
  • Econ 742 Theory of Public Finance and Fiscal Policy II (advanced course)
  • Pub Aff 880 Microeconomic Policy Analysis
  • Pub Aff 881 Benefit-Cost Analysis
  • Pub Aff 890 Federal Budget and Tax Policy and Administration
  • Pub Aff 891 State and Local Government Finance
Legal
  • ELPA 840 Public School Law
  • ELPA 841 Legal Aspects of Higher Education
  • ELPA 842 Legal Foundations of Special Education and Pupil Services
Learning and Diversity
K-12
  • ELPA 703 Administration of Teaching and Learning Organizations
  • ELPA 735 Leadeship for Equity and Diversity
  • ELPA 835 Leadership for Inclusive Schooling
  • ELPA 848 Professional Development and Organizational Learning (not offered after summer 2012)
  • ELPA 940 Seminar in Educational Administration (by topic)
  • C&I 662 Elementary School Curriculum
  • C&I 704 Curriculum Planning
  • Ed Psych 795 Introduction to Learning Sciences I
Higher Education
  • ELPA 736 Administration of Student Services in Higher Education
  • ELPA 880 Academic Programs in Colleges and Universities
  • ELPA 881 Ideas of the University
  • ELPA 882 Minority-Serving Institutions of Higher Education
  • ELPA 915 Seminar: College and University Administration
  • ELPA 940 Seminar in Educational Administration (by topic)
    including but not limited to:
    • The American Community College
    • Assessment in Higher Eduation
    • Students in Higher and Post-secondary Education
    • College Student DevelopmentLeadership for Equity & Diversity in Higher Education
K-12 and Higher Education 
  • ELPA/Coun Psych 655 Career Development Throughout the Lifespan
  • ELPA 746 The Adult Learner: Implications for Curriculum & Instruction
  • ELPA 742 Facilitating Learning for Adults
  • ELPA 817 Reflective Practice in Higher, Postsecondary, and Continuing Education
  • ELPA 940 Seminar in Educational Administration (by topic)
  • Ed Psych 708 The Study of Teaching

Electives (15 credits)

Students may take any five courses inside or outside of the Department, to provide depth or breadth to program focus. Students are reminded that their programs must include at least 39 credits taken from Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis. Note that electives are separate from minor/supporting coursework.

Minor/Supporting Coursework (12 credits)

The minor is a rational, unified set of courses taken outside of the department which have a clearly articulated theme or focus which allows the student to develop knowledge in a related area of study. Students may either pursue an option A (departmental minor in a SINGLE department outside of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis) or an option B-distributed (courses in two or more departments outside of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis) minor. The Option A minor requires a minimum of 10 credits; the Option B, 12 credits. Students interested in an Option A minor should initiate contact and seek approval from the minor department. Students electing the Option A minor must complete an additional 2 credits of course work outside of the department in order to satisfy the supporting coursework requirement for the department. At least two courses (6 credits) must be completed during or after the semester in which the student is admitted to the Ph.D. program.

Research Methods and Design (12 credits)

Students must complete a sequence of courses in research methods and design, focusing on either quantitative or qualitative methods. Students choosing to focus on quantitative methods should take two statistical methods courses and one qualitative methods course. Students choosing to focus on qualitative methods should take two qualitative methods courses and one statistical methods course. After the methods requirement has been met, all students should take the research design course.

Statistical Methods
  • ELPA 822 Introduction to Quantitative Inquiry in Education (fall)
    (previously taught as ELPA 940)
  • ELPA 827 Surveys and Other Quantitative Data Collection Strategies (spring)
    (previously taught as ELPA 940)
  • ELPA 940 Randomized Trials to Inform Education Policy
  • ELPA 940 Applied Statistics for School Leaders II
  • Ed Psych 760/761 Statistical Methods Applied to Education I/II
  • Sociology 360/361 Statistics for Sociologists I/II
  • Statistics 301/302 Introduction to Statistical Methods I/II
  • Or equivalent
Qualitative Methods
  • ELPA 824 Field Research Design & Methodologies in Educational Administration
  • EPS 755 Methods of Qualitative Research
  • CI 719 Introduction to Qualitative Research
  • CI 718 Introduction to Narrative Inquiry 
  • EDPSYC 789 Qualitative Research Methods in Education: Field Methods I 
  • CI 975 Discourse Analysis & Education 
  • And other appropriate courses

Complete listing of qualitative methods courses

Research Design
  • ELPA 825 Advanced Research Methods in Educational Administration

Research / Thesis (9 credits)

Students may enroll for up to a maximum of nine credits of research/thesis and/or independent reading.

  • EA 990 Research or Thesis
  • EA 999 Independent Reading
  • Or equivalent in other departments
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