Organizational Leadership (Ed.D.) - Program Requirements
Transfer Credits for Ed.S. Applicants Students who have graduated with an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting body and from a program nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituents Council (ELCC) may transfer up to 30 credit hours of post-master's credit. Transferable credits include those credits for which a grade of "B" or higher was earned in a post-master's course meeting the following criteria of the transcript audit:
Transfer Credits for non-Ed.S. Applicants - Students may transfer up to nine hours of post-master's credit from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting body or the Association for Biblical Higher Education provided a grade of "B" or higher was earned in a post-masters course meeting the following criteria of the transcript audit:
Advanced Degree Appeals for Transferring Additional Hours - Students who have obtained a professional graduate degree requiring 60 credit hours or more may petition to have appropriate coursework transferred into the doctoral program under the same conditions as non-Ed.S. applicants with post-master's credit.
Graduate students having earned a doctoral degree or a professional degree requiring 90 or more credit hours (e.g., Educational Administration, Counseling, Psychology, and so forth) may appeal in writing, to the Chair, Division of Graduate Studies in Leadership, for a transcript audit to transfer up to nine additional hours (18 maximum). The letter of appeal, requesting more than nine hours of transfer credit, should clearly explain and justify the request. The letter of appeal should be supported with a dossier showing clear and convincing alignment with the course of studies and having met the criteria set forth in the policy and items one through five above.
Prerequisites for Ed.S. Graduates
Ed.S. graduates entering the doctoral program must satisfactorily complete EDL-770A, EDL-770B, and EDL-770C before beginning the Ed.D. coursework.
All doctoral courses are a blend of live and interactive online discussions (Ed-U-Flex). Students are expected to attend all live sessions and substantively engage in all interactive online discussions, tests, quizzes, and prescribed learning activities.
Residency for the doctoral program is satisfied by living on campus during three Summer Residency Institutes. These institutes are seven days in length and begin on a Saturday and go through the following Friday. (The exception is for those students participating in their first Summer Institute that must attend from Friday to Friday for 7½ days.) Students are expected to be in attendance every day of each institute and are not allowed an absence from required workshops, events, or class sessions that are scheduled during the Institute. The Summer Residency Institutes are normally attended during three consecutive years. However, in unusual circumstances a student may be given permission by the Division Chair to skip a year and attend the Institute another year. In no circumstances will a student be allowed more than four years to complete their residency. Students are expected to follow the community lifestyle statement of the university while living on campus. This includes refraining from the use of alcohol and tobacco.
Withdrawal from a Course
A student that withdraws from a course will need to get permission from the Department Chair to continue in the program and will need to follow the plan of study prescribed by the Department Chair.
Students needing to officially withdraw from a course will be required to contact the Office of Student Services. Tuition will be reimbursed according to the following schedule:
Student withdrawing from the summer residency will be assessed a fee to cover the costs of room and meals.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Students enrolled in the Ed.D. program are regarded as members of the academic community of Indiana Wesleyan University and are held responsible for conducting themselves in conformity with the standards of conduct for adult learners. Continued enrollment in the program is at all times subject to review of the student's academic record and of the student's actions with regard to observance of university rules and regulations.
The student must achieve a GPA of 3.0 by the end of the third term in order to continue in the program and cannot have a grade of less than a "B-" in any course. Students will become academically ineligible to continue enrollment when any of the following are received in coursework of the Ed. D. program of study:
A student who is dismissed for academic reasons will be eligible to reapply for admission on a provisional basis after two terms or the equivalent, but only upon the recommendation of the Division Chair and with the approval of the Associate Dean of the School of Business and Leadership.
Students who fall below the required 3.25 GPA at any point in their program of study will be placed on academic probation and given a determined amount of time to raise the GPA to the required level. The amount of time given will be decided by a committee consisting of the student's advisor and the Division Chair.
Students that have a grade of incomplete in two or more courses are subject to suspension from the program for a time that is to be designated by the Division Chair in consultation with faculty members that have taught the courses in which the student has received the incomplete grade.
Students who do not follow the courses in the designated sequence, or who withdraw from a course, must undergo advising before being allowed to register for another course. The student's advisor will submit the reenrollment form to the Division Chair for approval. The student may then be registered for another course by Student Services.
IWU reserves the right to deny enrollment to any student, even though the student has met the minimum grade point average required, if it is apparent from the student's academic record of required courses that the student will not be able to meet the graduation requirements.
At the end of coursework, a comprehensive examination will be administered to each student in the Ed.D. program. This exam will be designed to:
The exam will be constructed to cover the major domains of the program and will be administered by a committee of full-time faculty in the Division of Graduate Studies in Leadership. The Comprehensive Examination Policy Guide is published annually before Comprehensive Examinations. All policies and guidelines published annually in the Guide become official academic policy of the Division and take precedent over any policies published in the catalog.