An Online CPED Educational Leadership Program: Student Perspectives on Its Value and Influence on Professional Practice

  • Kara Lasater University of Arkansas
  • Ed Bengtson University of Arkansas
  • Maureen Murphy-Lee University of Arkansas
Keywords: Online Doctorate Programs, CPED, Impact of Educational Doctorate, Synchronous Online Delivery

Abstract

      This qualitative case study of an online educational doctorate program in educational leadership examined how students perceived the value and influence of their experiences as doctoral students while practicing as full-time school leaders. Data were collected using surveys and in-depth semi-structured interviews.  Through ongoing analysis of data, three themes emerged surrounding the concepts of: change in ways of thinking; program presented multiple values; and connections to others. The significance of these findings are discussed in terms of how online doctorate programs can be successful in the eyes of students who participate in them by offering synchronous online delivery, providing applicable content, and developing worthwhile connections between students and faculty.

Author Biographies

Kara Lasater, University of Arkansas
Kara Lasater is a Visiting Professor of Eduational Leadership in theDepartmnent of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Arkansas where she has been involved with the transistion of the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from a research doctorate to a professional doctorate. Dr. Lasater's professional background is in school counseling and she also has published in the area of school and communirty relations.
Ed Bengtson, University of Arkansas
Ed Bengtson is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership in the Departmnent of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Arkansas where he has been involved with the transistion of the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from a research doctorate to a professional doctorate. Dr. Bengtson also has published in the area of school leader succession and organizational behavior.
Maureen Murphy-Lee, University of Arkansas
Maureen Murphy-Lee is a 2015 graduate of the Counseling Education Program at the University of Arkansas. Ms. Murphy-Lee is currently working as a clinical counselor in Northwest Arkansas, and hopes rto pursue her doctorate work sometime in the near future.
Published
2016-10-11
How to Cite
Lasater, K., Bengtson, E., & Murphy-Lee, M. (2016). An Online CPED Educational Leadership Program: Student Perspectives on Its Value and Influence on Professional Practice. Impacting Education: Journal on Transforming Professional Practice, 1(1). https://doi.org/10.5195/ie.2016.8