Doctor of Education Degree Program
This program is intended to provide practicing educators the opportunity to continue their study and earn the terminal professional degree in their field. The Ed.D. degree requires a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit beyond the master's degree. The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.
There are three components to the program: 15 semester hours in a Professional Common Core of work in educational foundations, fundamentals, and research; 38 semester hours of Advanced Professional Study in one of six areas of intensive study and a related area; and a Dissertation of 7 semester hours.
All students are required to study in basic areas that undergird and define educational practice and develop skills of problem definition, data collection and analysis, and interpretation. The six areas of intensive study provide for a specialized focus on practice. The six intensive study areas are: Community Health Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, Leisure, Youth and Human Services, Rehabilitation Studies, and Special Education. (In some areas, it is possible to combine doctoral degree study with work toward an endorsement to perform a particular role in K-12 education.)
The Leisure, Youth and Human Services intensive study area is designed to interpret and apply youth development models and concepts as well as nonprofit administrative practices to the planning, management, supervision and evaluation of informal education programs in the community. Graduates are prepared for careers as applied scholars, administrators of community nonprofit organizations, youth serving agencies, public parks and recreation, foundations, and government agencies. Program of study will be based upon student's needs, interests, and upon approval by academic advisor and program of study committee. (For more information, contact the Chair, Leisure, Youth and Human Services Division, School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services.)
Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should contact the Division of Leisure, Youth and Human Services for any other admission requirements.