Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies (ELPS) (EPS), with provisions for educational leadership, including special education administration, is designed for a person who is anticipating an academic career or in an area of practice which demands theoretical research expertise; who is interested in theory and conceptual analysis; and is interested in research which has potential for advancing education theory and practice.

Important dates

  • Start of each Fall semester

Prerequisites

Applicants seeking admission to the ELPS Ph.D. program must take certain pre-application steps prior to formal consideration for admission. The following sections describe the steps in the pre-application process. The applicant shall present and undertake the following:

  • Master's degree (minimum) from an accredited graduate school. Degree should be in a field related to the goals of the ELPS Program.
  • Undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher or graduate grade point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4 point scale.
  • Applicants with demonstrated experience in formal research and/or publication will be given preference.
  • Maximum of 30 graduate semester hours earned prior to admission as a doctoral applicant may be accepted for transfer, but not necessarily in lieu of specific course requirements. Only grades of "B" or better (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) are acceptable for transfer

Application Procedures

On satisfactory completion of the pre-application procedures, the applicant may proceed with the formal application. All students should complete an online application through the Office of Graduate Admissions. Official transcripts of all college level work, both undergraduate and graduate, are to be mailed or sent electronically (by the institution where the work was completed) directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Autobiographical Statement/Vitae/Resume)

The Autobiographical statement/Vita/Resume should present significant information regarding education, training, experience, accomplishments, current professional employment, and organizational memberships and activities, community involvement, and avocation interests.

One professional and two academic references are required from person who have knowledge of the applicant's academic and/or professional career potential. Two of the three recommendations should be from college or university professors familiar with the work of the applicant as a student.

After the pre-admission and admission requirements have been satisfied and received by the Department, the applicant may be invited to an interview conducted by the ELPS faculty admissions committee.

Post-Admission Procedures

If admitted the applicant is assigned to a faculty advisor. The applicant may request a specific advisor, advising loads permitting

Student and advisor develop the Ed.D. Plan of Work, which lists all required courses and dissertation credits. The plan of work, bearing the signed recommendation of the major advisor is filed with the Education Graduate Office, Room 489, for final approval. The plan must be submitted in the semester in which the student is completing the first 18 semester hours of coursework under advisement.  The minimum number of credit hours for the degree is 75 hours, which may include credits from the student's Master's Degree and Education Specialist Certificate Coursework.

Post-Admission Procedures

If admitted the applicant is assigned to a faculty advisor. The applicant may request a specific advisor, advising loads permitting

Student and advisor develop the Ph.D. Plan of Work, which lists all required courses, and dissertation credits. The Plan of Work, bearing the signed recommendation of the major advisor and the cognate advisor, is filed with the Education Graduate Office, Room 489.  After initial approval the Plan will be submitted to the Graduate School. The plan must be submitted in the semester in which the student is completing the first 18 semester hours of coursework under advisement.  The minimum number of credit hours for the degree is 90 hours, which may include credits from the student's previous graduate coursework.

Residency Requirement:

  1. At least 30 semester hours beyond the Master's Degree, exclusive of dissertation credit, must be taken in residence at WSU;
  2. At least 6 semester hours of regular course- work must be completed in each of 2 consecutive semesters anytime AFTER admission to the doctoral program;
  3. At least 30 semester hours, exclusive of dissertation credit, must be taken in coursework open only to graduate students ("700" course level or above).

The student's doctoral committee shall consist of a minimum of four graduate faculty members: a) the major advisor (Chairperson of the Committee); b) three members of the Graduate faculty from inside or outside the College of Education.  If all four members of the Advisory Committee are from within the College of Education at least one of the members of the Committee must be from outside the division in which the major area of concentration resides. At least two of whom hold a Regular Graduate Faculty Appointment (RGFA). The major advisor must be one of the two members with a valid RGFA.

Course Requirements

30 semester hours (minimum). The courses constituting the area of concentration are specified by the ELPS program. They may include offerings from outside the College of Education, with the advisor's approval.

Advanced EPS Courses (18 credit hours)
Courses Cr. Hrs.
EPS 9600 Seminar in Theory and Research in Educational Leadership 3
EPS 9610 Seminar in Educational Policy Development 4
EPS 9620 Seminar in Educational Policy Initiatives 4
EPS 8710 Readings in Educational Policy Studies 4
EPS 8880 Workshop in Administration and Organizational Studies 3
Research Techniques (15 credit hours required)
EER 7630 Fundamentals of Statistics 3
EER 7640 Fundamentals of Quantitative Research 3
EER 7650 Computer Use in Research 3
EER 8800 Variance and Covariance Analysis 4
EER 8760 Advanced Measurement I 3
EER 8820 Multivariate Analysis 4
EER 8840 Structural Equations Modeling 4
EER 8860 Nonparametric, Permutation, Exact, and Robust Methods 4
EER 8880 Monte Carlo Methods 1
EER 8992 Research and Experimental Design 3
EER 7870 Qualitative Research I: Introduction 3
EER 8520 Qualitative Research II: Design and Data Collection 3
EER 8530 Qualitative Research III: Data Analysis and Reporting 3
EER 7910 Qualitative Methods for Diversity and Inclusion 3
EER 7920 Qualitative Methods for Community and Classroom Research 3
EER 8550 Advanced Qualitative Inquiry: Innovations in Theory 3
EER 8560 Advanced Qualitative Inquiry: Innovations in Practice 3
Electives: Are chosen in consultation with the advisor.
Dissertation (30 Cr. Hrs.) A dissertation is required. It is completed under the direction of the WSU major advisor. The research project is to be based on theories related to policy studies  
ED 9991 Doctoral Candidate 1 7.5
ED 9992 Doctoral Candidate 2 7.5
ED 9993 Doctoral Candidate 3 7.5
ED 9994 Doctoral Candidate 4 7.5
Post Course Work
Qualifying Examination Time Limitation (must complete within 7 years)
Qualifying Examination Graduation Schedule
Candidacy Graduation
Defense of the Dissertation ('final oral")  

Curriculum

Courses are available in online, hybrid and traditional format.

Fall semester I

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 6
EPS 9600 Seminar in Theory and Research in Educational Leadership 3
EER 7870 Qualitative Research I: Introduction 3

Winter semester II

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 7
EPS 8710 Readings in Educational Policy Studies 4
EER 7630 Fundamentals of Quantitative Research 3

Spring/Summer semester III

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 4
EPS 9610 Seminar in Educational Policy Development 4

Fall semester IV

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 7
EPS 9620 Seminar in Educational Policy Initiatives 4
Research Course 3

Winter semester V

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 6
EPS 8880 Workshop in Administration and Organizational Studies 3
Research Course 3

Spring/Summer semester VI

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 4
EPS 8180 Research Seminar 4

Fall semester VII

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 7.5
ED 9991 Doctoral Candidate 1 7.5

Winter semester VIII

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 7.5
ED 9992 Doctoral Candidate 1 7.5

Fall semester IX

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 7.5
ED 9993 Doctoral Candidate 1 7.5

Winter semester X

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 7.5
ED 9994 Doctoral Candidate 1 7.5

Contact

Dr. Carla Harting, Ph.D.
Lecturer and program coordinator 
313-577-1675
ae2562@wayne.edu

Dr. William Hill, Ed.D.
Interim assistant dean and assistant professor (clinical)
313-577-9316
ad2107@wayne.edu

Dr. Erica Edwards, Ph.D.
Assistant professor
313-577-1676
eedwards@wayne.edu

Dr. Sarah Lenhoff, Ph.D.
Assistant professor
313-577-0923
sarah.lenhoff@wayne.edu

Dr. Ben Pogodzinski, Ph.D.
Associate professor
313-577-2413
ben.pogodzinski@wayne.edu

Dr. Carolyn Shields, Ph.D.
Professor
313-577-1692
cshields@wayne.edu

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