Writing Style Requirements

The format for papers in the program including the Qualifying Paper and the Dissertation are:

  • MS Word
  • 12 point Times New Roman font or 10 point Arial font
  • margins: 1.5" on left; 1" top, bottom and right
  • no headers or footers except for page numbers
  • APA Style (see the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association)
These specifications are required by UMI as the standard for publishing your dissertation. Further details may be found at here (pdf).

Faculty Profiles

Doctoral candidates will select both Qualifying Paper Committees and Dissertation Committees during their progression through the program.

The profiles of the faculty members from both universities are presented for your review as you conduct the process of choosing your committees. Additionally, the profiles provide a brief glimpse of an instructor you may have for any course you take in the program.

Click on Faculty Profiles to view the information on each faculty member.

Program Policies

Statistics Requirement

Candidates must have taken a graduate course in Statistics as a prerequisite for the coursework. If the course has not been taken, please consult the Program Coordinator for your options.

Graduate Assistantship/Fellowship

Graduate Assistantships and Distinguished Doctoral Fellowships are available for students in the doctoral degree program. Please contact the coordinators of the doctoral program for the respective universities for more information.

Course Work Requirements and Transfer of Credits:

A maximum of 12 hours of appropriate course work (six from the master's degree and six from post-Master's coursework), subject to approval by the Consortium, with prior approval by the candidate's advisory committee and the campus Consortium Coordinator, may be transferred from other accredited institutions.

Academic Expectations

Students must maintain a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.00 in all doctoral course work. No more than one course in which a grade of C has been earned may be applied toward the fulfillment of degree requirements.

Continuous Enrollment

The continuous enrollment requirement necessitates that students enroll each semester including fall, spring and summer semesters, until completion of all degree program requirements. In extenuating circumstances, students may apply for a Leave of Absence through the Coordinator of the doctoral program.

Residency Requirement

The residency requirement in graduate programs is intended to ensure that students become integrally involved in the academic life of their program and of the university. During the course of study for the Ed.D. degree offered by the Consortium, students are required to have an enrollment period of two consecutive semesters of full time study which is defined as nine (9) credit hours of coursework per semester. The semesters are defined as Fall, Spring and Summer.

Admission to Candidacy and Time Limits

Students have six (6) years from the date admitted to candidacy to complete all degree requirements.

Qualifying Paper and Comprehensive Examination

A comprehensive examination is not required. In lieu of the exam, a Qualifying Paper consisting of a comprehensive review of the literature on a topic selected is required.


Each candidate for the doctoral degree is required to complete a dissertation which represents a significant contribution to the body of knowledge in the discipline. Doctoral students who have been admitted to candidacy must present a prospectus for the dissertation project, prepare a proposal, form a dissertation committee, present the proposal to the dissertation committee, defend the dissertation proposal, and defend the final research submission with the dissertation committee.

Registration for dissertation hours is not permitted until the student has been admitted to candidacy. A student actively engaged in work on a dissertation must be officially enrolled for dissertation credit, whether the student is on or off campus.

Additional Requirements

Prospective and enrolled graduate students are reminded that the general academic, financial, and student conduct policies and rules of the Consortium Universities as stated in the university catalogs remain in force and effect unless specifically modified by graduate rules and policies included in the graduate section of the catalog.

Class Schedules

The tentative schedule of classes for Fall 2008 through Summer 2012 may be viewed by clicking on Schedule of Classes.


The tentative schedule of classes for the Summer 2011 terms may be viewed by clicking on the name of the term.


Course Primary Responsibility

Each course is the primary responsibility of one university for development and delivery. The chart below indicates which university has the primary responsibility for each course in the program.



UL Lafayette

EDF/EDLD 800 Introduction to Doctoral Program & Research Design X X
EDF/EDLD 801 Writing for Research X X
EDF/EDLD 802 Quantitative Research Methods X X
EDF/EDLD 803 Qualitative Research Methods X X
EDL/EDLD 810 Leadership Theory & Practice   X
EDL/EDLD 811 Management of Educational Organizations X  
EDL/EDLD 812 Supervision in Educational Settings   X
EDL/EDLD 820 Legal Issues & Ethics in Educational Organizations   X
EDL/EDLD 821 Politics & Community Relations X  
EDL/EDLD 822 Policy Development & Analysis   X
EDL/EDLD 823 Fiduciary Management of Educational Organizations X  
EDL/EDLD 840 Change Theory X  
EDL/EDLD 841 Organizational Development for Learning Communities   X
EDL/EDLD 842 Culture, Climate, & Change Leadership   X
EDL/EDLD 875 Special Topics in Educational Leadership & Management    
EDL/EDLD 897 Internship    
ETEC/IRED 812 Leadership in the Integration of Emerging Technologies X  
EDL/EDCI 830 Foundations of Curriculum Theory & Design   X
EDL/EDCI 831 Critical Analysis of Research X  
EDL/EDLD 832 Educational Evaluation X  
EDL/EDLD 871 Special Topics in Instructional Leadership    
EDL/EDLD 880 Research Practicum X X
EDF/EDLD 900 Doctoral Dissertation Seminar I X X
EDF/EDLD 990 Doctoral Dissertation Seminar II X X
EDF/EDLD 995 Doctoral Dissertation Defense X X

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