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Adult and Higher Education

The College of Education offers graduate work leading to Master of Education (EdM), Doctor of Education (EdD), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees with a major in Adult and Higher Education, as well as Masters of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS).

EdM Degree

The Adult and Higher Education major offers a Master of Education. This degree will prepare to work in a variety of settings educating adults. You will learn strategies for teaching and training in business and industry, government, community agencies, online environments, and community college programs. You will learn to design and implement curriculum and instruction in basic skills (including English as a second language), work-related and/or content-based instruction for a diverse group of adult learners in business, community, and community college settings.

EdD, PhD Degrees

The Adult and Higher Education major offers  Community College Leadership. Candidates will pursue an EdD or PhD (with permission from coordinator Joe Johnson) designation, depending upon the purpose and approach of their research study and the intended role to be sought after successful completion of the degree. Both options require completion of courses in foundational and research cores, internship hours, and thesis courses. A minimum of 12 credits of content specialty courses must be taken for each option.

Note: Both options are part-time, cohort-based that meet face-to-face and online, and designed to be completed within a three to four-year period.

Doctor of Education (EdD) Degree

The Doctor of Education degree prepares professionals for faculty/administrative leadership roles in a variety of positions in community colleges or other higher education settings. Candidates must have appropriate professional experience that enables them to benefit from the stated program outcomes. Examples of experience include: teaching, student services, administration, finance, curriculum specialist, support staff, or supervisor in an educational related setting.

EdD Requirements
  • Complete a minimum of 114 graduate credits beyond the baccalaureate degree.
  • An earned Master’s Degree. Up to 36 credit hours may be credited toward the required graduate credits.
  • At least 24 thesis/dissertation credits.
  • A mentored internship in an appropriate work setting for a minimum of 6 credits.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree

The Doctor of Philosophy degree prepares professionals for research, administration, and professorial roles in higher education settings. Candidates must have significant experience in an education or education-related setting such as teaching, leadership administration, curriculum specialist, supervisor, etc. where the primary function is education. Knowledge of educational research methodology is highly desirable. 

PhD Requirements
  • Complete a minimum of 120 graduate credits beyond the baccalaureate degree.
  • An earned Master’s Degree. Up to 33 credit hours may be credited toward the required graduate credits.
  • At least 36 thesis/dissertation credits.
  • A mentored internship in an appropriate work setting for a minimum of 3 credits.