Southern Arkansas University is now approved to begin offering its first doctoral-level degree according to a recent decision by its regional accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission.
SAU’s first cohort of doctoral students will be admitted for Fall 2021 to pursue the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Rural and Diverse Educational Leadership.
“To be the first university south of Little Rock to offer a doctorate through a College of Education is a responsibility we take very seriously. We are excited to be providing the opportunity for an advanced, terminal degree to equip our educational and community leaders for the future.”
About the program
The launch of the Ed.D. in Rural and Diverse Educational Leadership comes at a critical time for Arkansas and for rural America. Educators and community leaders who serve rural and diverse communities face sharply changing demographics, reduced populations, and economic upheaval as industries relocate and rural manufacturing continues to decline. These challenges affect schools and students at every educational level from preschool to graduate school, as well as the community organizations that serve them.
The newly approved SAU Ed.D. program provides advanced training in research and practice for professionals holding or seeking leadership positions in rural schools, colleges and universities, and community and government agencies.
Rural and Diverse Educational Leadership Ed.D. Plan of Study
With a unique lens focused toward the needs of rural and diverse schools and communities, the curriculum is intended for those who serve, and will serve, in leadership roles in education-related professions.
Together, learners will grow in understanding and application of theory, research and leadership practice across educational settings including K-12, community colleges, universities, and community organizations.
|Focus Area Courses||15|
|Total Credit Hours||60|
|EDFN 7XX3||Introduction to Doctoral Studies|
|EDFN 7XX3||Doctoral Research Foundations|
|EDFN 7103||Quantitative Research Methods|
|EDFN 7143||Applied Data Analysis|
|EDFN 7183||Qualitative Research Methods|
|EDFN 7123||Educational Law and Accountability|
|EDFN 7163||Ethical Leadership in Diverse and Rural Communities|
|EDFN 7193||Organizational Development, Evaluation, and Theory|
|Total = 24 credit hours|
|Educational Leadership Focus (K-12):|
|EDAS 7183||Educational Leadership in Rural and Diverse Communities|
|EDAS 7113||Strategic School Financing in Rural and Diverse Settings|
|EDAS 7123||The Superintendency|
|EDAS 7173||Administration and Assessment of Curricular Programs|
|EDAS 7143||Management of Human Resources|
|Higher Education Administration/Community Focus:|
|HECL 7133||Advanced Leadership and Development in Diverse and Rural Communities|
|HECL 7113||Fiscal Management of Educational and Community Agencies|
|HECL 7153||Inclusive Leadership: Leading Effectively Across Differences|
|HECL 7173||Planning Programs for Adults Learners|
|HECL 7183||Contemporary Issues in Leadership|
|Total = 15 credit hours|
|Required 6 hours – Select 2 from 6000/7000 Level Courses|
|AGRI 6063||Advanced Leadership for Agricultural Professionals|
|COUN 6853||Student Affairs Theory and Practice|
|COUN 6873||Organization and Administration of Student Affairs Services|
|HALE 6443||The College Student|
|HALE 6393||Post-Secondary Teaching|
|HALE 6423||Special Problems in Adult Education|
|HALE 6453||The Community College|
|ID 6063||Issues and Trends in Instructional Design and Technology|
|KINE 6323||Sport Administration|
|PA 6033||Rural Politics|
|PA 6043||Legal Issues in Public Administration|
|PA 6263||Program Evaluation|
|SPED 6013||Administration and Supervision of Special Education Programs|
|Total = 6 credit hours|
|EDFN 7XX3||Comprehensive Exams|
|Total = 3 credit hours|
|DIS 7903||Advanced Research Methods and Design|
|Total = 12 credit hours|
Frequently Asked Questions
When will full program details be available?
On September 1, 2020, SAU will update the website with up to date program information.
When will the Ed.D begin accepting applications?
The program will begin receiving online applications on November 1, 2020. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2021.
How many students will be in the first Ed.D. cohort?
Cohort size will likely be between 18-22 students. Cohort members will have shared learning experiences throughout the program.
Will SAU System Faculty/Staff Tuition Waivers be accepted for this program?
Tuition waivers will not be accepted for SAU System employees, their spouse, or their dependent children.