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Doctor of Education (Ed.D) with specialization in Higher Education

The Doctor of Education with Specialization in Higher Education is an advanced terminal graduate degree program for those students interested in working as Administrators and Staff in Higher Education. This program will enable students to learn the necessary strategies and skills needed to become effective administrators and change-agents within post-secondary schools, colleges and universities around the world.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • To create evidenced based research on an academic or educational topic that includes the proposal, research of the literature, and analysis of collected data;
  • To demonstrate effective strategies employed and used by Administrative staff members who work in University and Colleges;
  • To analyze important research, financial and budgetary data used by administrators in Universities and Colleges;
  • To understand the role that philanthropic foundations play in the overall operation of a University or College;
  • To understand the role that Boards of Trustees, Regents and governmental agencies play in the day to day operation and accreditation procedures of Universities and Colleges;
  • To promote the Learner's advancement of knowledge based on research as it applies to the professional practice of, and leadership in, education;
  • To pursue advanced scholarship and personal goals of leadership pertaining to their areas of interest;
  • To through the doctoral dissertation project, intellectually explore practical solutions for issues, challenges and problems confronting education today;
  • To through their advanced understanding of social, cultural, organizational, and ethical/justice issues, analyze issues, challenges and problems confronting education today;
  • To guide the development of education in a dynamic, complex and diverse society;
  • To promote equity, create transformational change through scholastic achievement;
  • To focus on issues, practice and research in the field of higher education;
  • To foster scholarly inquiry in areas of intellectual and professional interest;
  • To provide highly individualized experiences that achieve individual career goals and;
  • To cultivate analysis and problem solving skills and expertise.

Course Requirements

Course Outlines

Comprehensive Examination (1 Credit)

Students intending to pursue doctoral degrees must take and pass a comprehensive examination after they have completed their non-dissertation courses, because it is a pre-requisite of the dissertation courses. One of the purposes of this examination is to sufficiently assess students' full knowledge on the dissertation title they wish to research.

Dissertation Courses (14 Credits)

The following courses in dissertation are all required for graduation from Doctor of Education with concentration in higher education program. Dissertation must be taken when all the non-dissertation courses are completed. No more than one dissertation course should be taken per session. Dissertation Guidelines

Ed.D 960a Dissertation - Practical Research I (Proposal)
Ed.D 960b Dissertation - Practical Research II (Review of Related Literature & Methodology)
Ed.D 960c Dissertation - Practical Research III (Data Collection & Analysis)
Ed.D 960d Dissertation - Practical Research IV (Dissertation complete and Oral Defense)

Each non-dissertation and dissertation course is valued as 4 credits with the exception of dissertation complete and oral defense which is valued as 2 credits; comprehensive examination is valued as 1 credit.

Total Credits required for Doctor of Education with Specialization in Higher Education is 63. Please refer to the University Catalog University Catalog or website for admissions requirements; transfer credits policy; and tuition fees.