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On Campus
Est. time to complete:

3-5 years
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Become a professor of education and help change the future for students.
The Ed. D. program in higher education is designed for individuals interested primarily in the application of theory to practice. It is particularly appropriate for persons who aspire to administrative leadership careers

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Why Earn a Higher Education Ed.D.?

The Ed. D. program in higher education is designed for individuals interested primarily in the application of theory to practice. It is particularly appropriate for persons who aspire to administrative leadership careers in one or more of the following areas.

  • Senior leadership positions in four-year colleges and universities, such as dean of students, vice president for student affairs, dean of administration, vice president for administration, vice president for development, assistant to the president, dean of continuing education and dean of a college of education.
  • Senior leadership positions in two-year community colleges, junior colleges and vocational/technical institutes, such as department chair, dean of learning resource centers, chief academic affairs officer, vice president of student services, dean of business services, and president.
  • Higher education middle management administrative positions in student affairs, administrative affairs, business affairs and development in all types of institutions of higher education, including such positions as director of institutional research, director of development, and director of continuing education.
  • Senior administrative and staff positions in higher education coordinating and/or policy agencies in state, regional and federal government.
  • Administrative leadership positions with higher education accrediting agencies, professional associations, consortia and other professional organizations.
Marketable Skills
  • Assess, develop, implement, and evaluate strategies
  • Advanced oral and written communication
  • Resource management of people, physical/financial assets
  • Produce and use theory-driven research/practices
  • Multi-cultural/diversity competencies

Higher Education Ed.D. Highlights

Gain employment and a lifetime of career advancement.
Join together with experienced leaders with different backgrounds academically, ethnically, professionally, and internationally.
Support and enhance diverse perspectives on learning and leading.
Interpret and utilize results for improvement.
Apply knowledge to challenges you face as a professional.

What Can You do With a Higher Education Ed.D.?

This degree qualifies you for a staff position or an administrative position at the middle-management or senior level in a college, a university or a state or regional higher education coordinating, accrediting or governing agency. It also prepares you for positions in student affairs, administrative and business affairs or development/advancement areas in higher education.

Higher Education Ed.D. Courses You Could Take

History and Philosophy of Higher Education (3 hrs)
Study of the development of higher education in the United States, including the forces that have shaped institutions and institutional culture and practice. Identification of the significant events and philosophies that have influenced the evolution of higher education institutions and analysis of the implications of these for practice and for the future of higher education.
Students in Higher Education (3 hrs)
Links theories about college student development and research methodology on the study of college student outcomes. Specifically addressed are the conditions and kinds of effects that college attendance has on students. The course considers topics of interest to both practitioners and researchers.
Policy Studies in Higher Education (3 hrs)
Studies in the development, implementation and enforcement of policies by institutions of higher education, state higher education coordinating and governing boards and the federal government. Measurements of the impacts of policies on educational outcomes and institutional management also are examined.
Organization and Administration of Higher Education (3 hrs)
Examination of the theoretical principles of organizational behavior, leadership and institutional culture applied to a functional examination of administrative roles in higher education.
Legal Aspects of Higher Education (3 hrs)
Legal aspects and issues affecting institutions of higher learning and their administrations, faculties and students. Analyses of decisions rendered by the federal and state courts concerning procedural and substantive due process, civil rights, and the operation and function of higher education.
Proseminar in Higher Education (3 hrs)
Orients entering doctoral students to the study of higher education. Acquaints graduate students with higher education as an interdisciplinary field of study that bridges practice, theory, and empirical research. Enhances students’ abilities of critical reading, critical thinking and analysis, writing, and inquiry.

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