Curriculum Map


The doctor of education at Gratz College is grounded in a pluralistic approach to Jewish values and education, while welcoming to people of all cultural and religious traditions. The 48-credit program is designed for practicing educational professionals to enhance their leadership abilities to bring about change and innovation in educational settings. The program emphasizes development of leadership skills through self-reflection, analysis, and best practices used to solve real problems in the workplace through practical application. Through enhancing higher order thinking skills and ethical behavior, doctoral students will be prepared to handle a broad range of social, political, and economic forces impacting education today.

The program consists of 6 core courses and 7 additional courses, in one of three tracks: Jewish Education, Pre k-12 Education, or Higher Education. All students will complete a 9 credit Applied Dissertation, broken up into 3 parts: Concept Paper, Proposal, and Final Report. The program is designed to be completed in 3 years, with 3 Summer Residencies required. All courses, with the exception of the Summer Residencies, will be offered online and in an 8-week accelerated model.


  1. Students will be able to formulate and implement an organizational vision pertinent to their professional practice
  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to manage the organization, operations, and resources of a pre k-12, higher education, or Jewish education organization in a way that promotes a safe, supportive and effective learning environment.
  3. Students will collaborate with all stakeholders to respond to diverse interests and needs of the community and beyond and mobilize resources to meet those needs.
  4. Students will act with integrity, fairness, and ethical values.
  5. Students will demonstrate the ability to understand, respond to, and influence the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context that influences education.
  6. Students will be able to synthesize scholarly learning and prior professional experience to promote practical application

Total Credits: 48
Required Core – 6 courses (18 credits)
Concentration – 7 courses (21 credits)
Applied Dissertation – (9 credits)


EDD 700: (This is a self-paced online course and should be taken immediately upon acceptance.)
Introduction to Doctoral Studies (Degree requirement, No Credit, Pass/Fail)
This course will introduce EdD students to the expectations of doctoral study and provide a road map for successful completion of the degree program. Among the topics to be covered: an overview of types of doctoral research, the Institutional Review Board process, selecting and refining the dissertation topic, benchmarks for progress.
Academic Writing at the Doctoral Level
This writing workshop will focus on a diagnostic assessment of students’ writing skills and will provide models of doctoral level research and writing for successful completion of the dissertation process.  Special attention will be given to the tools necessary for writing style and format, using APA standards, and guidelines for preparing the literature review.

EDD 706: Leading an Educational Organization: An analysis of the leadership characteristics that are essential for effective management in educational institutions. Students will be encouraged to relate theoretical concepts to their own real world practice.                            

EDD 707: Strategic Planning for Educational Leadership: An exploration of models for assessment and quality improvement as they relate to future planning. The role of the administrator in strategic planning initiatives will be emphasized.    

EDD 702: Critical Contexts in Educational Leadership: This course will focus on the ethical and moral issues facing administrators in educational institutions. Current topics, using recent case studies, will be examined and analyzed from the perspective of educational leadership.

EDD 703: Cross Cultural Perspectives in Educational Leadership: An analysis of the opportunities and challenges facing educational leaders in the diverse cultures of communities as reflected in schools and colleges, with an emphasis on application of theories of leadership in cultural contexts.

EDD 704: Needs Assessment, Program Design, and Evaluation: An examination and analysis of the process and steps necessary to determine need and to create and evaluate appropriate projects within an educational organization.

EDD 705: Methods of Inquiry: Designed to provide guidance in the analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of research reports and methods commonly used in education and the social sciences. Students will apply this knowledge in their concept paper as they identify an applied action research area of interest, prepare a literature review, develop researchable questions, and identify appropriate data collection and analysis procedures to answer the questions posed.

HIGHER  EDUCATION Concentration: 21 credits

EDD 720: Leadership and Administration of Higher Education: An analysis of the organization, structure, and function of higher education, including an examination of the role of mission, academic administration, student services, financial planning, and institutional advancement.

EDD 721: Marketing and Enrollment in Higher Education: An analysis of current practices and future trends in the marketing and recruitment of students in higher education. Predictive modeling, as it applies to realistic enrollment planning will be examined.

EDD 722: Program Planning and Curriculum Development: The role of the administrator in program and curriculum planning will be examined with an emphasis on financial implications and continuous assessment.

EDD 723: Student Affairs in Higher Education: This course will focus on the theory and practice of student affairs in higher education today, with an emphasis on academic advising, athletics, student life and safety, health and well-being, and the creation and support of living communities. The legal ramifications of all aspects of student life will be considered.

EDD 724: Planning, Budgeting and Finance: This course will provide the necessary foundation for higher education administrators to effectively function in different types of higher education institutions. Attention will be given to budgeting, long range financial planning, and fundraising.

EDD 725: Governance, Ethics and the Law: Students will explore and analyze various organizational paradigms and practices as they relate to external government bodies, internal and external stakeholders, governing boards, and presidential leadership. The need for ethical and legal considerations in higher education leadership will be stressed.

EDD 726: Politics and External Relations: This course focuses on the leadership skills essential to working with external constituencies, with diverse opinions and competing interests. The importance of developing positive relationships with boards, unions, local, state, and federal officials, and other interested parties will be examined. Scenario planning for crisis and public affairs management will be constructed.

Pre  K-12  LEADERSHIP Concentration : 21 credits

EDD 740: School Boards and School District Governance: An analysis of the role of internal and external governance and structures in k-12 education. This course explores the politics involved in school district governance and the leadership skills necessary to effectively lead in competing relationships.

EDD 741: School Law and Policy: This course focuses on the laws and policies that affect all children in k-12 education. Students will be expected to analyze those laws and policies that impact their particular educational situation and assess compliance to best serve all children.

EDD 742: Cultural Diversity in Schools: Students will explore the leadership skills that educational leaders must exhibit in order to effectively manage an increasingly diverse student population. Sensitivity awareness will be stressed and students will examine current case studies and assess outcomes based on their own experiences.

EDD 727: Planning, Budgeting, and Finance in Schools: This course will provide the necessary foundation for school administrators to effectively function in different types of educational settings.  Attention will be given to budgeting, long range financial planning and fundraising. 

EDD 744: Transforming Schools: The application of theory and experience necessary to change the culture of schools, including the balance of internal and external influences.

EDD 745:  Program Development, Curriculum, and Assessment: Students will explore the theory, best practices, and decision-making tools necessary to evaluate current and new trends in P-12 programming and curriculum development and implementation, with an emphasis on assessment for continuous improvement of student learning outcomes.

EDD 746: Technology, Data Analysis and Program Evaluation for Schools: This course will explore current technology and its use in data analysis and evaluation for continuous improvement in schools. Planning tools for future technology trends will be examined.

JEWISH EDUCATION Concentration: 21 credits

EDD 760: Leadership in Jewish Education: Discusses theoretical concepts, practical insights and their application to leadership within Jewish communal institutions. Focuses on inspiring and developing effective leadership by addressing topics such as building a vision, encouraging collaboration, overcoming obstacles, recognizing community values and institutional opportunities, and improving communication.

EDD 761: History and Philosophy of Jewish Education:  This course explores the historical and philosophical foundations of Jewish education. Issues include: How did the Jewish day school, Hebrew school, and summer camp begin in the United States? What major problems do Jewish educators face and how have experts addressed these problems? What lessons from the past can impact how educators in Jewish institutions approach their work today?

EDD 762: Landscape of Jewish Education in North America: An exploration of the historical and contemporary understandings and purpose of Jewish education in North America. Through examination of various contexts and cultures of Jewish education, students will reconsider and refine their basic assumptions of Jewish education.

EDD 763: Program Development, Curriculum, and Assessment: Provides the theoretical and practical sources for the design implementation of curricula in congregational, communal, or day school settings. Drawing from Jewish and general education sources, the course will examine primary dimensions of program planning, curriculum design and assessment.

EDD 764: Ethical and Legal Issues in Jewish Education:  An examination and analysis of the ethical and legal issues peculiar to Jewish education institutions and their relationship to those commonly found in secular institutions. This course will utilize case studies of current issues and their application to individual student experiences.

EDD 765: Current Trends in Jewish Education:  This course explores specific challenges that face leaders of Jewish educational institutions and how successful leaders confront them. Examines utilization of technology, creativity, and integrated and differentiated approaches to education as a myriad of tools for exploring this topic.

EDD 727: Planning, Budgeting, and Finance in Schools: This course will provide the necessary foundation for school administrators to effectively function in different types of educational settings.  Attention will be given to budgeting, long range financial planning and fundraising.

EDD 898: Concept Paper: 3 credits: The concept paper focuses on formulating the research questions and writing the concept paper. Once the dissertation advisor is satisfied with the results, the concept paper will be sent to the Program Chair for approval. This approval must be obtained before work may be done on the proposal phase of the Applied Dissertation Project.

EDD 899: Proposal: 3 credits: The content of the proposal includes the methodology and content of each chapter, including a thorough review of the literature that either supports or refutes the applied dissertation topic. Once approval is received from the dissertation advisor and Program Chair the student may proceed to the final stage of the project.

EDD 900: Applied Dissertation Report: 3 credits: The final report includes the collection and implementation of data, along with recommendations for further research if appropriate. Analysis of application of the topic to the students’ professional practice should be included.