The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education, primarily an online program with some face-to-face requirements, is designed to facilitate adult learning styles in a specialized field of education. Capitalizing on critical thinking, scholarly research that informs practice, writing, and learning from a Christian worldview, this degree is primarily reserved for those interested in adding research skills in their vocations. After successfully negotiating the candidacy examination, all students must complete a culminating experience: the submission and successful defense of a doctoral dissertation. Students possessing an Ed.S. or equivalent may be admitted to the Ph.D. program with advanced standing after a review of their post-master's transcripts.
The online Doctor of Philosophy with a concentration in Adult Education is designed to prepare students for careers in adult education and leadership of programs and organizations involved in the education of adults. The program will equip organizational and institutional decision makers with the knowledge and skills to design, implement and evaluate professional development programs for adult populations. Decision makers in the areas of higher education, K-12 public and private education, business, government and corporate settings will be prepared to effectively deliver results-based programs that will further the professional practice of adult learners within their organizations. This online doctorate degree in Adult Education emphasizes theory and research of teaching and learning, motivation, self-efficacy, supervision, organizational and institutional change, design, delivery and evaluation issues in teaching and learning, and curriculum design for the adult learner.
Length: 75 credit hour minimum
Format: Offered in a cohort model, students may begin the program in the fall, spring or summer semesters. Courses are delivered online with some required face-to-face components. School division cohorts are also offered in varying formats.
Results: Doctor of Philosophy in Education degree with a concentration in Adult Education. The Doctor of Philosophy is awarded after completion of 75 credit hours.
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