Doctoral Degree Specialization – Ed. D. "Higher Education Academics" (Teaching)
This Ed. D. specialization is for persons who wish to contribute to the academic leadership of a college or university as a faculty member, academic administrator or staff, or faculty development specialist. A minimum of 51-60 credit hours is required.
Would-be Faculty: It is important for would-be faculty members to understand that the ideal is to complete a doctoral degree focused on the content area of the field/discipline in which they wish to teach. However, faculty with a minimum of eighteen graduate credit hours in a content area are sometimes appointed to faculty positions. This minimum can be earned at the master's level, or partially or even fully earned as part of one's Ed. D. focus in Higher Education Academics (Teaching).
Current Faculty: Faculty who hold teaching positions with only a master's degree and do not need or wish to pursue a terminal degree in their discipline/field may find the Higher Education Academics (Teaching) focus will meet their desire to enhance teaching skills and academic management potential. Of course, one might also pursue additional hours in their content area as part of the Ed. D. focus in Higher Education Academics (Teaching).
Would-be and actual academic administrators should take EDLD 513 and one of either EDLD 504 or 509, or another administrative course.
Higher Education Core Courses (12 Credit Hours)
- EDLD 505 Higher Education History and Philosophy (3)
- EDLD 510 Organization and Administration of Higher Education (3)
- EDLD 528 College Students (3)
- EDLD 537 Institutional Research and Assessment (3) or EDLD 511 Planning and Program Assessment
Higher Education Academics Specialized Courses (15 credit hours from the following)
- EDLD 530 College Teaching (3)
- EDLD 538 College Curriculum (3)
- EDLD 529 Post Secondary Distance Delivered Education
- Plus two of the following (with direction from the committee) as you have interest in:
- EDLD 504 Teaching and Learning in Adult Education (3) -- adult higher education academics
- EDLD 509 Issues and Trends in Higher Education (3)
- EDLD 513 Resource and Program Management (3) -- academic leadership
- NAS 523 American Indians & Minorities In Higher Education (3)
Electives (9 credit hours)
Graduate level courses may be selected from the Adult Education specialization or other departments that weill strengthen the student'sprogram of study. These courses need to beselected in consultation with the chair. Statistics and Research Courses (10 Credit Hours beyond the masters)
- EDCI 502 Educational Statistics II [EDCI 501, or equivalent, is a prerequisite] (3)
- EDCI 507 Qualitative Educational Research (3)
- EDCI 607 Quantitative Educational Research (3) [EDCI 506, EDCI 502 or equivalent are prerequisite courses]
- EDCI 500 Dissertation Design Seminar (1)
Dissertation (14 Credit Hours)
- EDLD 690 Doctoral Thesis (14)
Students with no professional experience working in higher education academics are expected to provide evidence of having gained such experience. This should be done prior to completing the dissertation or they must register for a threecredit higher education academics internship (EDLD 576) in addition to all of the above course requirements.
The M. Ed.
For students completing a M. Ed. with an Adult Education specialization for an Ed. D. will be contingent on the student's professional history and ambitions, academic record, and A&HE's ability to offer the student a new, academically challenging, comprehensive course of study.
Program Plan Changes
The student may make limited changes to the above-described program plan with the chair's approval.