Dissertation Seminars Dissertation Research
Ed.D. in Leadership in Urban Schools
DISSERTATION SEMINARS & DISSERTATION RESEARCH
Students who have fulfilled all requirements and successfully completed the Qualifying Paper are eligible to enroll in EDLDRS 891: Dissertation Seminar I and EDLDRS 899: Dissertation Research. In succeeding semesters, students will take Dissertation Seminars II (EDLDRS 892) and III (EDLDRS 893) for two credits each. Dissertation Seminar I and II are designed to provide support for the Dissertation Proposal, while Dissertation Seminar III provides support for the research and writing of the Dissertation. Dissertation Research equates to credits earned for the work that students do with their dissertation advisor (dissertation committee chair also known as 1st reader). In total, students must have 6 credits of EDLDRS 899: Dissertation Research.
The seminars are designed to address particular areas of the dissertation while also allowing flexibility based upon the individual topics, progress, and needs of the students in the classes. Broadly conceived, the seminars address the following:
EDLDRS 891: Dissertation Seminar I (3 credits)
In this course, students will refine their topics and continue to develop their literature review and conceptual framework. The focus will be primarily on chapters 1 and 2 of the dissertation proposal.
EDLDRS 892: Dissertation Seminar II (2 credits)
The second seminar is designed to help students develop a complete research design and rationale for the dissertation proposal. The focus will be primarily on chapter 3 of the dissertation proposal in addition to preparing students for their dissertation proposal hearings.
EDLDRS 893: Dissertation Seminar III (2 credits)
The final dissertation seminar is designed to guide students in conducting data collection and data analysis for their dissertations.
EDLDRS 899: Dissertation Research (6 credits)
By enrolling in Dissertation Research, students receive course credit for working closely with their dissertation advisor. While students can register for anywhere from 1-6 credits, it is generally advised that students enroll for 2 credits per semester while they are taking their dissertation seminars. This is meant to ensure that students’ seminar work is an augment to the independent work that is guided by the