Jul 25, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    
2024-2025 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Executive Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership and Innovation, Ed.D


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Department Contact Information:

Name of Dean: Dr. Kerri Golden

Name of Ed.D. Director: Dr. Tricia McFadden

Estimated Completion Time:

    32 months

Program Description:

The Executive Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership and Innovation is a strategoc and transformative 32-month program desgined for individuals who wish to be intellectually challenged and to prepare themselves to excel in their careers with their current employer or to pivot to a new career in another discipline.

Executive Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership and Innovation is a unique degree program that provides leaders with the capabilities to lead an organization with strategic innovation and sustainability in a competitive global economy. While most organizational leadership programs develop skills needed to successfully lead an organization, this program builds upon strategic planning, environmental evaluation, change management, and leadership methodologies to develop the knowledge and abilities needed to create an environment of innovation through cultural change, outside-the-box thinking, strategic and disruptive innovation, and leadership agility grounded in Franciscan and Catholic spirituality and values. Students walk away with enhanced ability to lead within complex organizations in business, education, healthcare, non-profit and public service fields with the aim of improving efficiency, effectiveness and/or competitive advantage. The program provides students with an environment that accelerates, educates, and guides the development of organizational leaders who actively encourage and support creative, and value-based thinking in their institutions.

The program is carefully designed for assertive leaders who are inspired to drive future innovation, using servant leadership as a framework for doing so. Sensitive to the lifestyle of today’s professionals, the program integrates dissertation work throughout the curriculum. The hybrid modality, competitive price-point, and cohort model fit with the lifestyle of today’s motivated leaders.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Apply the theories and principles of organizational leadership and innovation to advance your field of study through research in dissertation process. 
  • Demonstrate how leadership theory and practices are linked to practical applications in your professional sector. 
  • From an executive leadership perspective, apply the principles of ethical business practice to practice organizational situtations. 
  • Demonstrate proficiency in ethical executive leadership decision making.
  • Create an organizational strategy and/or innovation that advances the organization within the professional sector. 
  • Articulate to internal and external stakeholders, an organizational strategy that addresses organizational development, financial stability and growth, and executive leadership decision making in a globally diverse and inclusive organization.

Admission Requirements:

  • Online application - complete and submit the free online application for consideration of admission.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation from professional contacts. One letter must be from the applicant’s immediate supervisor expressing support for the applicant to enroll into the program and to make a full commitment upon acceptance. 
  • Essay - no more than 1000 words on why achieving this degree is important to you from a leadership perspective and the competencies and experiences you bring to and hope to gain from this program.
  • Professional Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV) indicating professional experience. 
  • Masters degree of at least 30 credits in business, education, health, humanities, STEM, or related disciplines. 
  • Official baccalaureate and graduate level transcripts; minimum master’s level GPA equivalent of at least 3.0 on a traditional 4.0 scale. 

Admission Deadline:

  • For fall cohort, application opens October 1, Early Consideration is May 1, Application deadline July 1.  
  • For spring cohort, application opens August 1, Early Consideration is October 1, Application deadline December 1.  
  • Rolling admissions until cohort is full or application deadline.  
  • Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the cohort is deemed fully enrolled. Maximum enrollment for the cohort is 25 students.  

Waitlist: A program waitlist will be inclusive of qualified applicants in the event the application pool far exceeds the cohort maximum. Admittance when there is already a full cohort will guarantee a seat in the next cohort.  

Transfer Credit Evaluation:

A maximum of 15 graduate-level credits may be transferred upon review, depending on chosen concentration and the equivalency of transfer credits to program requirements. An unofficial credit evaluation will be processed with unofficial transcripts.  Official transcripts are required for the formal and final transfer credit evaluation, which is conducted once a complete application is submitted. 

Progression and/or Retention Criteria:

Degree Progression:  While the above paradigm chart demonstrates the progression of students through the doctoral program, described here is the process that occurs:

  • Admission is when a student is accepted based upon submission of each of the following items (as discussed above):
    • Application
    • References
    • Essay
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • Upon Acceptance to the Program and Receipt of Deposit

    • Student is Assigned a Mentor/faculty advisor

  • Courses and Program:  All courses are taken in sequence as a cohort.  There are two courses and one residency per semester.  Practicum will be completed during the second year. Residency is one extended weekend per semester. Attendance is required.

  • Satisfactory Student Progression and Retention:  

    • Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 (B) in the program and obtain at least a B in every course. 

    • The Director, along with a Doctoral Progression Committee (DPC), are responsible for reviewing student progress and ensuring that each student meets the progression standards. This review occurs at the end of each semester.

    • Program requirements include development of a portfolio to demonstrate academic and personal growth as students progress through the program. Additionally, reflections/journal responses will be embedded throughout coursework and residencies. The Program Review Committee will have access to student portfolios to review progress within the program.

    • Students falling below a 3.0 GPA, at any time, and not meeting the required progression standards may be offered the opportunity to remediate their performance with the oversight of the Director and Doctoral Progression Committee (DPC). The primary purpose of the DPC is to review the academic progress of each student in the Doctoral Program and to ensure consistent academic progress and student success.

    • The DPS could allow remediation including re-submitting assignment(s), repeating a course/semester, or removal from the program. Remediation is allowed for not more than two courses throughout the program of study.

    • Meetings of the DPC will be held at the end of each semester to address any issues related to student(s) progress through the program. If additional meetings are necessary, the Director will schedule a meeting to discuss issues.

    • The final assessment for the program is the defense of the dissertation. Students will present and defend a concept proposal to their committee during Year 1. Once approved, they will write and then defend their dissertation at the end of the program. The dissertation is the final requirement for the Doctor of Education degree. It is a scholarly document that allows you to demonstrate pertinent knowledge, skills, and expertise in your area of concentration (education, health science, and/or business). It is expected that the dissertation provides a significant contribution adding to knowledge and/or practice in the field of study and demonstrates that the doctoral candidate is well versed in the subject matter and capable of high-quality research. The candidate must successfully defend the dissertation before their committee.

Graduation Requirements: 

A candidate for graduation must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Complete all requirements for an approved program of study;
  • Complete the minimum number of credits as specified in this publication;
  • Achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better 
  • Submit a completed Application for Degree form at least one semester prior to graduation date; and
  • Satisfy financial obligations to the University.

Capstone Requirement:

Dissertation  

The dissertation is the final requirement for the Doctor of Education degree. It is a scholarly document that allows you to demonstrate pertinent knowledge, skills, and expertise in your area of concentration (education, health science, or business). It is expected that the dissertation provides a significant contribution adding to knowledge and/or practice in the field of study and demonstrates that the doctoral candidate is well versed in the subject matter and capable of high-quality research. The candidate must successfully defend the dissertation before their committee.

The dissertation in the Saint Francis University Executive Doctor of Education is embedded in the program of study for all students with the aim that the dissertation is completed, defended, and approved within the final semester of the program.

The SFU Dissertation Guidebook complements other important resources during this phase of the students’ graduate career, including their dissertation supervisory committee, their academic program leaders, the academic advisors and other University staff members, the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA style manual), and the other designated dissertation resources. 

Other information to include, related to this program:

Doctoral Residency

Define

The Residency is the time within the program that provides for a structured educational experience on the campus or at a designated location. 

The Structure of Doctoral Residency

Students working toward the Doctor of Education (EdD) degree must participate in a doctoral residency. During doctoral residencies, students meet with their peers to learn about the doctoral journey, work with experts on their dissertation topic, and network with faculty and industry professionals. Residencies provide specific tools and resources that allow students to gain a better understanding of their area of study. Residencies provide students with an irreplaceable experience on their journey to earning a doctoral degree. 

There are eight residencies required (one residency per semester) involving approximately two full days and two half days. There is one half-day of in-person learning on both Thursday (4 hours) and Sunday (4 hours) and one full-day of learning on both Friday (8 hours) and Saturday (8 hours).  These hours of in-person learning, split evenly between two courses, provide thirteen (13) hours of learning experience for each course. In addition to this determined learning time, additional time (up to six hours over these days) is allocated to seminars related to a theme or topic of the specific residency.

Professional Discipline Concentration (21 credits)


All students complete one of the concentrations listed below. 

Business and Leadership Concentration (21 credits)


This concentration is designed to welcome students directly from business masters degree programs, and award transfer credit into the Ed.D. program for those who have earned more than 30 graduate credits. In this unique situation, up to six post-masters graduate credits will be accepted toward the doctoral degree. For example, the MBA program at Saint Francis University requires 36 credits, of which six credits can be included in this business concentration. For students in business graduate programs where they have earned graduate credits at the 600 level, additional transfer credits will be accepted, up to 15 total. All courses listed below are three credits.  

School Superintendent Concentration (21 Credits)


This concentration is intended to be a seamless program for evolving K-12 leaders to complete their School Superintendent /Intermediate Unit Executive Director Letter of Eligibility Certification, and then move directly into the Executive Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership and Innovation program. The result is state certification along followed by a doctoral degree to completely prepare educational leaders to advance and inspire in school settings. Students who have earned this certification will have completed up to 15 of the 51 required credits of the Ed.D. program. These credits can be earned in the Saint Francis University program, or transferred from similar programs at other institutions. From other institutions, completed credits must be doctoral level graduate credits (at least numbered 600 or higher) and address similar program content, which will be determined as part of the transfer credit evaluation. Here are the required courses in the Saint Francis University program. In addition to the 15 credits in this certification earned through the school superintendent program, two additional elective courses will be required from the Leadership and Innovation concentrations.  

Educational Leadership Concentration (21 credits)


This concentration is designed for aspiring and current educational leaders like principals, reading specialists, special education supervisors, or other such leadership roles who seek to add the doctorate degree title to their portfolio in addition to their leadership certifications. When educational leaders have earned graduate-level credits beyond the typical 30-credit masters degree, up to 9 credits will be accepted in the Ed.D. program. The remaining credits for this concentration will come from the Leadership and Innovation Concentration courses listed above. As an example, the first three courses below come from the Saint Francis University Principal Certification program for students who had already completed a masters degree in education. For others, up to 9 doctoral level credits (at least numbered 600 level) will be accepted as part of the Educational Leadership Concentration. 

Health and Medical Leadership Concentration (21 credits)


This concentration is for aspiring and current leaders in health and medical sectors, who seek to add an interdisciplinary research doctoral degree to their specialized health or medical training and degrees. Up to 15 credits beyond a typical 30-credit masters degree can be included in the Ed.D. program, with the six remaining credits in this concentration coming from the Leadership and Innovation concentration listed above. As examples, the first list of courses below comes from the Saint Francis University Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) professional practice doctoral program, the second comes from the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Family Nurse Practitioner program, the third from the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program, and all fulfill the professional discipline concentration requirement for the Ed.D. program. For others, up to 15 post-masters level credits (at least numbered 600 level) will be accepted as part of the Educational Leadership Concentration. 

Doctoral Degree Completion Concentration (21 credits)


This concentration is designed for students who choose to restart their doctoral studies and complete this Ed.D. program. This program offers the unique benefit of recognizing doctoral level coursework already completed. Up to 15 total credits can be transferred in for these students. Students with less than 15 earned doctoral credits will transfer in those credits and then choose additional courses from the Leadership and Innovation concentration above to complete the total of 15 credits.  

Second Degree Doctoral Concentration (21 credits)


This concentration is designed for students who choose to add a research doctoral degree to their previous doctoral degree(s). This could be someone earning a medical, legal, pharmacy, divinity, or other professional degree, who now seek a leadership and innovation research doctorate. In this case, up to 15 credits from the professional doctorate will be transferred in to complete the concentration. Students with 15 credits will select six additional credits from the Leadership and Innovation concentration to complete their concentration to earn their second doctoral degree. This can be a powerful combination of skill sets to move into organizational leadership positions, a physician who now leads a hospital system, and attorney leading a corporation, or an academic progressing to be president of a college. 

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