2023-2024 Catalog With Addendum 
    
    Jul 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog With Addendum

Catalog Changes Since Initial Publication


 

Addendum to the 2023-2024 Catalog
January 2024


New Programs

  • Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership
  • Certificate of Fundamental System Security
  • Certificate of Essential System Forensics and Defense

New Programs

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

Alline Sada, Interim Program Director
16633 Dallas Pkwy, Suite 800
Addison, TX 75001

Phone: 325-513-6262
Email: asa22a@acu.edu

Faculty

TBD

Introduction

The mission of the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership is to prepare professionals for school leadership roles. A distinguishing feature is a focus on the vocation of leadership in school cultures to develop effective practice. 

This is accomplished through equipping leaders to do the following: 

  • Lead with purpose based on the foundation of vocation, rooted in Christian principles; 
  • Effectively develop educational resources;
  • Build effective communication structures and collaborative relationships;
  • Apply school improvement and evaluation strategies; and
  • Demonstrate healthy leadership practices to influence school culture. 

Consisting of 60 credit hours, the online Ed.D. in Educational Leadership serves practitioners from schools, districts, higher education, and other educational environments. The program is divided into three key parts. Foundational courses enhance universal, broadly applied leadership skills for educational organizations. A concentration translates these skills to the students’ particular school leadership field to better understand how to empower staff and meet the needs of the students. Research courses help examine leadership from observational and data-gathering perspectives and prepare students to develop their dissertation.  

At the program’s core, the foundational courses advance what students know about classic and contemporary educational leadership theories, weave in human resources, finance and technology development concepts and school improvement culture while diving into the latest political and social issues influencing educational leadership applications. From here, students will select from one of two concentrations:  

  • Principal Leadership (PRN)
  • School Superintendent (SPT) 
Admission Requirements
  • Application for admission with a nonrefundable processing fee.
  • Official transcripts in English of all previous colleges attended. The transcripts must indicate an earned Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • A statement of interest in the EdD in Educational Leadership describing your doctoral education and research areas of interest, potential research questions, and your professional career objectives. Your statement should be well organized and concise, and be no longer than two to three pages in length. Keep in mind that you are not committed to studying this topic as will be presented. Applicants may consider including topics such as the applicant’s view of leadership, a continuous pursuit to improve education, a propensity to take risks in the best interest of others, perseverance and demonstrated achievements, future career/life objectives, and reasons for pursuing a doctoral program. The purpose of this statement is to share an example from your life that illustrates your commitment to continued intellectual and professional development and demonstrate to the admissions committee that you have a clear direction in mind. 
  • Completion of a three to five-page writing sample that clearly communicates what the applicant’s beliefs are about educational leadership, your philosophy of education, why they hold these beliefs, and how they translate their beliefs into practice. Provided by ACU Dallas. This prompt should demonstrate scholarly writing since effective academic writing is an essential skill in doctoral study, students who do not demonstrate the necessary writing skills to be successful may be placed on academic probation and be required to participate in writing enhancement tutoring. 
  • Professional CV or résumé.
  • Video conference interview with the program director may be requested.

International applicants to the EdD will be required to complete the standard graduate application requirements for all international students applying for an ACU graduate degree, including TOEFL or IELTS scores and transcript assessment for degrees completed outside of the United States (http://www.acu.edu/undergraduate/admissions/international/international-graduate-application-information.html). All students in the EdD, regardless of their language background, are held to the same standard of written English proficiency.

Students who choose the superintendent or principal concentration must already possess the superintendent or principal certification, the equivalent courses, and recent school administration experience.

To see the degree requirements for the EdD in Educational Leadership, click on the desired concentration below:


Certificate of Fundamental System Security

Joe Feliciano, Program Director
16633 Dallas Pkwy, Suite 800
Addison, TX 75001

Phone: 214-305-9437
Email: jlf19a@acu.edu

Faculty

Joe Feliciano, Associate Professor

Introduction

The Certificate of Fundamental System Security prepares students to immediately start working in the IT field by teaching them various areas of computing such as programming, networking, and cybersecurity. The primary focus is one securing an organizations digital infrastructure. Hardening devices, securing networks, and avoiding social engineering scams are all part of the program curriculum.

To see the degree requirements for this certificate, please click here .

Certificate of Essential System Forensics and Defense

Joe Feliciano, Program Director
16633 Dallas Pkwy, Suite 800
Addison, TX 75001

Phone: 214-305-9437
Email: jlf19a@acu.edu

Faculty

Joe Feliciano, Associate Professor

Introduction

The Certificate of Essential Forensics and Defense prepares students to immediately start working in the IT field by teaching them various area of computing such as programming, networking, and cybersecurity. The primary focus is on securing an organization’s digital infrastructure. Computer hardware, operating systems, hardening devices, securing networks, and avoiding social engineering scams are all part of the program curriculum. This is the second certificate in the circuit, and students will need to have completed the coursework covered in the first certificate in order to register for this one as this one introduces more advanced IT concepts.

To see the degree requirements for this certificate, please click here .