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Doctor of Educational Leadership in Higher Education

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Introduction

The EdD in Educational Leadership has been designed to meet the needs of current or aspiring leaders in education. These persons need a broad scholarly understanding of contemporary issues in education; practical skills in managing educational institutions as well as personal attributes that are necessary for ethical and transformative leadership. This broad array of competences is fostered better by a taught professional doctorate as opposed to a research doctorate, which typically requires a very narrow research focus and which is designed primarily to prepare persons for careers in teaching and research.

The programme has two specialisations: a) Higher Education, for those interested in tertiary education and b) Schools & Education Systems, for those interested in primary and secondary education.

About the Progamme
The EdD in Educational Leadership has been designed to meet the needs of current and prospective leaders in Schools and Education Systems or in Higher Education. It aims to develop:

  1. specialised knowledge pertaining to leadership in a diverse educational environment; educational technology, managing change in educational organizations; policies, practices, and legal issues in education; managing educational resources, contemporary approaches to educational issues and programme evaluation
  2. broad integrative knowledge in organizational systems, theories and contexts in education, principled practice and evidence-based practice
  3. intellectual skills in analytic inquiry; creativity; the ability to engage with diverse perspectives while retaining one’s regional identity; the use of information sources and technology; communicative fluency; quantitative fluency; personal autonomy; setting and achieving goals and inter-personal skills
  4. applied knowledge that manifests through research, innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership
  5. civic knowledge, attitudes and values with respect to contemporary international and regional issues such gender awareness, social, cultural and environmental responsibility; sustainable practices and ethics. 

Who is this programme for?

The programme is designed for persons who are engaged in administrative, supervisory and leadership functions. These include:

  • Senior teachers
  • School principals
  • Lecturers and administrators in tertiary level institutions
  • Officials in Ministries of Education such as Curriculum Officers and Permanent Secretaries of Education
  • Persons who are qualified at the graduate level and are desirous of employment in leadership positions in higher education

Duration and Award of Programme

The EdD in Educational Leadership programme will be offered over a minimum of thirty six (36) months.

Delivery Mode

The programme is delivered fully online.

Programme Structure

The programme is a 72 credit course of study that includes:

1.8 core courses in Educational Leadership
2.4 specialisation courses in Schools and Education Systems or Higher Education
3.4  courses in research methods
4.5  thesis courserooms to support students in their research projects
5.0 a research project culminating in a thesis

When will the programme start?

This offering of the programme begins in August 2015.

Entry Requirements

The general prerequisite for entry into the programme will be a Taught Masters degree in an appropriate field from the UWI or another approved University, having achieved at least a B+ average or its equivalent. 

Academic Preparation

The general prerequisite for entry into the programme will be a Taught Masters degree in an appropriate field from the UWI or another approved University, having achieved at least a B+ average or its equivalent. 

Duration and Award of the EdD Educational Leadership Programme

The EdD in Educational Leadership Programme will be offered for a minimum of 36 months full-time and a minimum of 52 months part-time (4 Years and 1 Semester). Students who meet the criterion for full-time registration are required to complete a maximum of 3 courses per Semester and 2 in the Summer. Students who are registered as part-time are required to take 2 courses per Semester and 1 in the Summer.

The UWI Regulation for Graduate Registration

In accordance with The UWI Graduate Regulations, “Full-time students may take employment for not more than twelve hours per week without losing their full-time status otherwise they shall be registered as part-time. However, research students who hold Teaching or Research Assistantships in the area of their research programmes may be registered as full-time students, provided that their employment commitment does not exceed twenty hours per week” (Graduate Regulation 1.46).

Course of Study
Level 1 
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Perspectives on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
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Quantitative Research Methods and Data Analysis for Education Practitioners
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Qualitative Research Methods and Data Analysis for Education Practitioners
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Research Processes in Education
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Digital Literacy for Educators
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Trends, Issues and Challenges in General Education
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Education Policy and Programme Evaluation
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Contemporary Approaches to Educational Issues in the Caribbean
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Managing Educational Resources: Human Capital Management
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Legal Issues in Education: A Caribbean Perspective
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Leading and Managing Change in Educational Organizations
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Organizational Systems, Theory and Contexts in Caribbean Education - EDEL8003
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Technological Leadership in Education - EDEL8001
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Leadership In A Diverse Educational Environment
Level 2 
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Perspectives on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
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Research Processes in Education
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Digital Literacy for Educators
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Higher Education in the Caribbean: Nature, Role and Functions
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Managing Educational Resources: Financial Planning and Management in Higher Education
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Higher Education Administration
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Supervision and Instructional Leadership
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Trends, Issues and Challenges in General Education
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Public and Private School Financing and Resource Allocation
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Governance And Accountability In The Education System: A Caribbean Perspective
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Perspectives on Teaching and Learning in the Education System
Level 3 
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Thesis Courseroom V: Presentation of Research
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Thesis Courseroom IV: Data Analysis
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Thesis Courseroom III: Data Collection and Literature Review
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Thesis Courseroom II: Proposal Writing
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Thesis Courseroom I: Issues in Education