The Doctor of Education (EdD) program is intended for mid-career practitioners in higher education who desire the skills and credentials needed to advance their careers. It offers a rigorous theoretical and practical orientation for scholar practitioners aspiring to senior administrative careers in post-secondary education in the United States and internationally. It also prepares students to undertake applied research and develop careers in governmental agencies and policy research centers. Students will develop competencies in strategic planning, leadership, resource management, enterprise and change management, project planning, and quality controls through assessment of student learning outcomes and institutional and professional accreditation.
In the HEM program, we examine measures that reflect institutional effectiveness and data-based planning and decision-making in higher education environments that demand accountability and transparency. Internships are a general requirement, as we believe they bolster practitioner credentials and skills. The integration of leadership and management skills within a philosophical framework of higher education is based upon a student learning and outcome-driven curriculum that will facilitate their development as future leaders. We additionally develop proficiency required of leaders to include critical thinking, problem solving, verbal and written communications, information literacy, and their capacity to lead highly functional teams.
Graduates of our program have performed as college presidents, academic deans, student affairs deans, directors of institutional development, registrars, directors of admissions, directors of residence life, and vice presidents of higher education institutions. Many of our foreign students return to work in ministries of education in their home countries, enter into senior management positions in international development agencies, or serve as senior administrators and faculty members in local universities.
In the new EdD students must come into the program with 30 credits that can be transferred from a relevant master's degree.