EdD Educational Leadership - Community College Executive Leadership

The Portfolio will be a compilation of activities completed in each course which demonstrates the student's experiences and professional reflections on various administrative roles and responsibilities. Each professor will be responsible for crafting and grading the specifics of the portfolio project for his/her course, but students will submit a final summative product at the end of the program.

For each course, students are expected to complete a clinical practice experience of 6-10 contact hours in an organization or college site. The clinical practice can consist of, but is not limited to, the following: interviews, review and analysis of documents, observations, data collection (i.e. surveys, questionnaires, and checklists), and shadowing/mentoring. The nature of the clinical practice will be determined by the instructor of the course.

Comprehensive Exams
The comprehensive exams for the Wingate EdD program in Community College Executive Leadership are designed to assess the student's knowledge and capacity to qualify for candidacy as a doctoral student. The comprehensive exam serves as a gateway to the Capstone Project. The exam serves to confirm the student's command of the field of Educational Leadership and to evaluate the mastery level and synthesis of subject matter presented in the previous semesters of the program. The exam will include an evaluation of the student's ability to apply knowledge and skills to practical settings. The comprehensive examination process for the doctoral program consists of two components -- the written presentation and the oral examination.

Capstone Project
The Doctoral Capstone Project is a problem-centered, action-research project that provides an opportunity for EdD students to utilize and demonstrate the performance competencies they have discussed throughout the program in organizational communications, comprehensive planning, professional understanding of educational leadership research development, data driven leadership, and institutional effectiveness. The Doctoral Capstone Project requires the application of learned content and skills in order to resolve problems and to confront issues that are impacting the effectiveness of a community college.

After the successful completion of the Comprehensive Exam, students will be eligible to start the year-long problem-centered action research project. Students will not select their own topics for study but will choose from the graduate school's problem-centered research project list. Because the University's intent for this project is to have students address critical issues that confront North Carolina community colleges, the list of project topics will be generated from the formal assistance requests of community colleges throughout the nation as well as the input of the Wingate Graduate Advisory Council. The process of creating the project list will be conducted yearly by the director of the program to ensure that timely and relevant issues are made available for advanced study.

Cohort Experience
The Wingate University program in Education Leadership emphasizes the development of Effective Facilitators of Learning, a goal which demands collaborative decision-making in diverse settings. For this reason, the University has adopted a cohort model for its EdD programs. This organizational plan encourages students to develop skills within a comfortable learning community that offers support and encouragement. As students develop their knowledge, engage in research, and participate in class discussions, they develop support systems and professional relationships which may be helpful throughout their professional careers.

Typical Class Schedule
  • Classes meet on Saturdays 9 am-5 pm, typically five Saturdays per course
  • Students take an average two courses per semester (six hours)
  • Students meet alternating Saturdays per course