Oregon State University's Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) program in Adult and Higher Education prepares post-secondary education professionals for leadership roles in four-year universities, community colleges and similar institutions.
Effective leadership is a combination of management, vision and commitment to the mission of higher education institutions. This degree program, offered by Oregon State University's College of Education and delivered through OSU Ecampus, is grounded in OSU’s commitment to developing tomorrow’s leaders with the principle that leadership can be learned and enhanced.
This program includes foundational courses in areas such as organizational theory, law, ethics and leadership. You will develop skills in communications, resource management, instructional design, organizational strategy, collaboration and an inclusive philosophy emphasizing retention and student success. Ethics and a commitment to social justice are core principles that support all course work.
Two options built on this foundation allow you to examine research that is relevant your area of professional practice and will inform your financial, administrative, operational and ethical decisions.
The community college leadership (CCL) option, focuses on the role and mission of America’s community colleges and on applying high-quality research, best practices and leadership to the challenges and opportunities facing community and technical colleges in the 21st century.
CCL students will concentrate on developing a dissertation proposal for a research problem or issue related to community colleges
The leadership in higher education (LHE) option is dedicated to focusing on the role and mission of America’s four year colleges or universities and on applying high-quality research, best practices and leadership to the challenges and opportunities facing four-year colleges or universities in the 21st century.
LHE students will concentrate on developing a dissertation proposal for research problem or issue related to four-year or graduate education.
The AHE Doctoral program offers four pathways. Community College Leadership and Leadership in Higher Education both offer two different degree tracks.
PhD Degree Purpose: To develop the research competencies of students who are interested in generating new knowledge in the field of higher education.
EdD Degree Purpose: To develop the ability to apply research to practice and for developing practitioner knowledge.
Work directly with program lead Erich N. Pitcher to decide which track is best for you. Contact Erich at 541-737-3574 or email them.
During the first two years of this program, you will meet and study with a learning cohort both in person and online. Classes are held two weekends per term at a convenient location near Portland, Oregon. You’ll also participate in an intensive one-week course during the summer at OSU's main campus in Corvallis, Oregon.
As a member of an active learning community, you’ll collaborate with working professionals in higher education settings from Oregon, Washington, California and many other states. Sharing real-world experiences and insights is integral to degree excellence and builds lasting relationships that continue throughout your career.
Erich N. Pitcher, PhD