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    Argosy University
  Sep 21, 2017
2017-2018 Argosy University Academic Catalog—Graduate Programs | Volume 8, Issue 1

Doctor of Education in Initial Educational Administration Degree Program

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Offering Campuses

Argosy University, Denver; Argosy University, Los Angeles; Argosy University, Phoenix; Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area; Argosy University Salt Lake City; Argosy University, Sarasota; Argosy University, Tampa


The purpose of Argosy University’s Doctor of Education (EdD) in Initial Educational Administration degree program is to prepare individuals to serve as school principals and/or building-level administrators. The program is designed for practicing educators who have already completed a graduate level program from a regionally accredited institution or an appropriately certified foreign institution, and seeking administrative licensure at the initial or K-12 level.  Completion of the EdD in Initial Educational Administration degree program results in a terminal degree which includes a specific writing, research, and dissertation sequence.

Program Learning Outcomes

The Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards

Standard 1: At the building level, an education leader promotes the success of every student by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by all stakeholders.


A. Collaboratively develop and implement a shared vision and mission
B. Collect and use data to identify goals, assess organizational effectiveness, and promote organizational learning
C. Create and implement plans to achieve goals
D. Promote continuous and sustainable improvement
E. Monitor and evaluate progress and revise plans

Standard 2: At the building level, an education leader promotes the success of every student by advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.

A. Nurture and sustain a culture of collaboration, trust, learning, and high expectations
B. Create a comprehensive, rigorous, and coherent curricular program
C. Create a personalized and motivating learning environment for students
D. Supervise instruction
E. Develop assessment and accountability systems to monitor student progress
F. Develop the instructional and leadership capacity of staff
G. Maximize time spent on quality instruction
H. Promote the use of the most effective and appropriate technologies to support teaching and learning
I. Monitor and evaluate the impact of the instructional program

Standard 3: At the building level, an education leader promotes the success of every student by ensuring management of the organization, operation, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.

A. Monitor and evaluate the management and operational systems
B. Obtain, allocate, align, and efficiently utilize human, fiscal, and technological resources
C. Promote and protect the welfare and safety of students and staff
D. Develop the capacity for distributed leadership
E. Ensure teacher and organizational time is focused to support quality instruction and student learning

Standard 4: At the building level, an education leader promotes the success of every student by collaborating with faculty and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.

A. Collect and analyze data and information pertinent to the educational environment
B. Promote understanding, appreciation, and use of the community’s diverse cultural, social, and intellectual resources
C. Build and sustain positive relationships with families and caregivers
D. Build and sustain productive relationships with community partners

Standard 5: At the building level, an education leader promotes the success of every student by acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner.

A. Ensure a system of accountability for every student’s academic and social success
B. Model principles of self-awareness, reflective practice, transparency, and ethical behavior
C. Safeguard the values of democracy, equity, and diversity
D. Consider and evaluate the potential moral and legal consequences of decision-making
E. Promote social justice and ensure that individual student needs inform all aspects of schooling

Standard 6: At the building level, an education leader promotes the success of every student by understanding, responding to, and influencing the political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.

A. Advocate for children, families, and caregivers
B. Act to influence local, district, state, and national decisions affecting student learning
C. Assess, analyze, and anticipate emerging trends and initiatives in order to adapt leadership strategies

Research Outcome

Students as scholar-practitioners develop skills in inquiry, critical thinking, scholarly writing, and decision-making by:

1. Analyzing and evaluating professional literature to make evidence-based decisions related to current practices in the field.
2. Analyzing, designing, conducting, and defending research in their disciplinary context using appropriate research designs.
3. Producing and defending a rigorous and credible dissertation

Admission Requirements

See campus-specific program requirements.

Graduation Requirements

See campus-specific program requirements.

Dissertation Requirements

Upon successful completion of required coursework and comprehensive examinations, students enroll in dissertation courses. To progress through each dissertation course, students must complete specified course objectives. If progress is made and all objectives met, students enroll in the next dissertation block. If progress is made and objectives are substantively but not fully met by the end of each course (as determined by the dissertation chair in discussion with the dissertation committee) students must enroll in a zero credit extension course (tuition based on a credit hour equivalent as defined in Appendix III, Tuition and Fee Schedule ). If it is determined that no progress has been made, students will be required to retake the block in which no progress was made. If the student is required to retake a block due to no progress, the dissertation chair will assign a grade of No Credit (NC). Students are required to enroll in a Dissertation course or Dissertation Extension course every session from the beginning of the dissertation until passing the final defense earning 12 credit hours for dissertation. A student may only receive any combination of two NC, W, or WF grades during the dissertation sequence. Upon receiving the third NC, W, or WF within the dissertation sequence, the student will be dismissed from the program. Published course objectives for each dissertation course apply unless the student and dissertation committee/chair agree to and confirm in writing alternative specified objectives more appropriate for a particular dissertation topic.

Campus-Specific Program Requirements

To review the program requirements for a given campus, click on the relevant link below:

Gainful Employment Information

The following links provide program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info for the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Initial Educational Administration degree program offered at Argosy University:

Campus Gainful Employment Information
Argosy University, Denver
Argosy University, Los Angeles
Argosy University, Phoenix
Argosy University, Salt Lake City
Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area
Argosy University, Sarasota
Argosy University, Tampa

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