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Ph.D. 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 School 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 - 75 credits
 Introduction to the Field   6 credits
 Core Knowledge 12 credits
 Program Depth 9 credits 
 Electives 15 credits 
Minor  12 credits 
Research Methods and Design  12 credits
Research 9 credits
(minimum)

 

  INTRODUCTION TO THE FIELD  
6 credits

These introductory courses lay the foundational framework for work in the department. The Doctoral Inquiry class, 810,  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 810 Doctoral Inquiry 
    Introduction to inquiry in the field of educational leadership and policy analysis for first semester doctoral students. Provides an introduction to research through engagement with ideas, including identifying and crystallizing meaningful problems, fundamentals of research design, and key challenges in conducting disciplined inquiry.
  • ELPA 701 Introduction to Higher and Post-Secondary Education
    Examines the history and philosophy of higher and postsecondary education; the major participants; curriculum; governance and leadership; relations with state and federal government; and current issues.
  • ELPA 702 Introduction to Educational Leadership
    Integration of research, theory, and standards of practice for effective leadership in contemporary educational organizations.



  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 one course from each program area.  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.  


  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.
SELECT 1 COURSE

  • ELPA 730 Program Development in Continuing Education
    Basic concepts related to effective program development. Focus on the concepts relevant to programming with adults: (1) philosophical basis for change through adult education programs, (2) programming processes, (3) community and clientele analysis, (4) program involvement, (5) program design.
  • ELPA 860 Organizational Theory and Behavior in Education
    Theoretical constructs and empirical research relating to administering organizations in education. Emphasis on administrative behavior with special attention to planning and organizational improvement.
  • ELPA 875 Theory and Practice of Educational Planning
    Theory, research and practice in advanced program planning and evaluation involving elementary, secondary and higher and post-secondary education.
  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. 
Select 1 course 

  • ELPA 715 Governance and Administration of Colleges and Universities
    Functions organization, and administrative practices of colleges and universities; role of governing boards, administrators, faculty members, and students in policy making.
  • ELPA 845 School-Level Leadership
    Dimensions of school-level leadership includes a focus on dimensions of the principal?s leadership role, leadership tasks needed to advance equity and excellence in student learning, and distributed leadership.
  • ELPA 847 Instructional Leadership and Teacher Capacity
    Creating and sustaining successful teaching and learning environments for students and staff is the guiding theme of this course. It is designed to provide teachers, learning specialists, principals, and other administrators with the foundations of research, theory, and best practices of instructional leadership to enhance teachers? capacity for equity and excellence in student learning.
  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.
select 1 course

  • ELPA 830 School Finance and Resouce Allocation
    Contemporary bases for collecting and distributing local, state, and federal funds for elementary and secondary education; problems and issues in financial support of education; current, alternative and more effective uses of educational resources.
  • ELPA 831 Financing Post-secondary Education
    Contemporary bases for collecting and distributing funds for postsecondary education provided by two-year institutions, colleges and universities; problems and issues in financing postsecondary institutions; economic aspects of expenditures for postsecondary education.
  • ELPA 840 Public School Law
    Legal aspects of public K-12 education. Legal structure; employee rights; employee discipline; curriculum; students' rights; student discipline, special education; torts; contracts, religion. Impact of federal and state constitutions, statutes, and court decisions on education.
  • ELPA 841 Legal Aspects of Higher Education
    Legal structure of higher education, including historical evolution as well as current legal problems. Attempts to assess the impact of legal decisions, statutes, and regulations upon higher education and to discuss the implications of the interaction of the legal system and university governance for the practicing administrator.
  • ELPA 870 The Politics of Education
    Policy development in education as a political process; community power, state and national politics in educational decision making; role of leadership and pressure groups, particularly the educational lobbies, in the shaping of educational policy at local, state, and national levels.
  • ELPA 872 Educational Policy Research Design and Implementation
    A policy research methods course which explores theories and practices relating to the development and implementation of educational policy with attention to matching appropriate policy research designs to policy goals and organizational contexts.
  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.
select 1 course

  • ELPA 735 Leadership for Equity and Diversity
    Coordinating and effective utilization of school-based special services in the context of student diversity with attention to values, theory, and research underlying curriculum, instruction and policy, in terms of social class, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and race.
  • ELPA 736 Administration of Student Services in Higher Education
  • ELPA/C&I 746 The Adult Learner: Implications for Curriculum & Instruction
    Analysis of the principles and instructional models applicable to the instruction of adults. Attention to the integration of research on learning and teaching in informal and formal educational settings.
  • ELPA 848 Professional Development and Organizational Learning
    Examines educators' professional learning in organizations and its contributions to organizational change, learning, and renewal.
  • ELPA 880 Academic Programs in Colleges and Universities
    Explores higher education curriculum including academic program philosophy and design, planning and development, program innovations, liberal education, academic majors, graduate and professional education, program review and evaluation.
  • ELPA 887 Diversity and Inequality in Higher Education
    Survey of equity issues related to higher education access, admissions, transitions, persistence, and success. This seminar course focuses on the role of inequities across categories such as race, class, sex, gender, sexual orientation, language, nationality, or religion in higher education alongside considerations as to how researchers and practitioners can better communicate with one another about diversity issues.



  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
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 863 Race, Class and Educational Inequality
  • 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:
    Homelessness, 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 Evaluating and Supporting Quality Classroom Teaching
  • ELPA 735 Leadership for Equity and Diversity
  • ELPA 835 Leadership for Inclusive Schooling
  • ELPA 848 Professional Development and Organizational Learning
  • ELPA 863 Race, Class and Educational Inequality
  • 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 883 Perspectives on College Student Identity and Development
  • ELPA 887 Diversity and Inequality in Higher Education
  • ELPA 888 Assessment in 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
    • Students in Higher and Post-secondary Education
K-12 AND HIGHER EDUCATION 
  • 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)
    Prepares doctoral students to use the concepts and methods of quantitative social science research to conduct research on education issues. Topics include hypothesis testing, statistical inference, point estimates, graphic and numerical data displays, correlation and regression.
    (previously taught as ELPA 940)
  • ELPA 827 Surveys and Other Quantitative Data Collection Strategies (spring)
    This course examines the methods and concepts of survey research methods as they are commonly used in education research. Strategies include surveys (phone, mail, electronic, in person), logs/diaries, and experience sampling instruments. Emphasis is given to self-administered surveys, including periodic surveys, since these strategies are the most common in education research.  (previously taught as ELPA 940)
  • ELPA 940 Randomized Trials to Inform Education Policy
  • ELPA 940 Quantitative Methods 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
    This introduction to qualitative inquiry focuses on research design, the major qualitative methods and techniques used in field research, data analysis, communicating field research, ethical challenges, and trustworthiness in conducting qualitative research.
  • ELPA 940 Advanced Qualitative Methods & Critical Epistemologies
  • ELPA 940 Critical Theory and Qualitative Data Analysis
  • 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 designs for problems in educational administration including role of theory and hypothesis testing; variable definition and measurement; correlational, survey, experimental and non-experimental, factorial and single-subject designs.

 

 

  RESEARCH / THESIS
9 CREDITS

Students are required to complete a minimum of nine credits of research/thesis and/or independent reading.  While nine credits is the minimum required, there is no maximum.  

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

 

   Course Descriptions

 

 

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