The Higher Education emphasis is designed to provide the knowledge, concepts, and skills for advanced study and practice within the field of higher education. Persons graduating with an emphasis in this area seek positions in community colleges, private liberal arts colleges, or public colleges and universities. The doctoral program is intended for experienced professionals in higher education. Those with college teaching, student service, or administrative experience are encouraged to apply.
All students who wish to focus their doctoral studies in Higher Education are expected to enter the doctoral program having completed a master's degree appropriate for their professional goals. If deficiencies are noted or if coursework is dated, students would be expected to take additional coursework to address these deficiencies as part of their doctoral program. The student's program of study may also recommend modifications of the program of study to assist the student to achieve his or her professional goals.
School of Education Core (12 cr.)
All Ph.D. students in the School of Education are required to take the following core courses:
- C I 601 Foundations of Educational Inquiry (3 cr.)
- RESEV 603 Introduction to Qualitative Inquiry (3 cr.)
- RESEV 553 Intermediate Statistical Methods (3 cr.)
- Additional course in research methods (minimum of 3 cr.) to be determined in consultation with the Program of Study Committee
If students have not had a course in basic educational statistics, they are required to take one.
Higher Education Core (12 cr.)
Each doctoral student in the higher education area of emphasis is expected to complete a common core of four courses. These courses will provide a broad overview of the critical aspects of higher education. Within each course, attention will be paid to how the topic is shaped by, and in turn shapes, student diversity, institutional diversity, and internationalization, and technology.
- HG ED 578 Students in American Higher Education (3 cr.)
- HG ED 664 College Organization and Governance (3 cr.)
- HG ED 665 Financing Higher Education (3 cr.)
- HG ED 666 Academic Issues and Culture (3 cr.)
Dissertation Research (minimum 12 cr.)
All Ph.D. students are required to take a minimum of 12 dissertation credits.
Additional Coursework (minimum 36 cr.)
Students will take a minimum of 36 additional credits to earn a Ph.D. in Education. This coursework is decided up in consultation with the student's Program of Study Committee. The Ph.D. requires the completion of a minimum of 72 total credits.