Doctoral Program in Education

The Doctoral program in Education consists of 60 hours, with the opportunity for teachers and administrators to earn a specialist degree at the 30 hour mid-point. For those teachers and administrators completing the doctoral program in its entirety, they will earn two degrees - a Specialist in Education (EdS) and a Doctor of Education (EdD) in Curriculum Design and Instruction. This program is designed to prepare experienced teachers and administrators for curriculum leadership.

The program is offered in a cohort format designed to enable practicing teachers and administrators to obtain the EdS and then matriculate directly into the EdD. Both the EdS and EdD degrees follow a specified course sequence.

Three key features distinguish this program from others: 

•   Incorporates a practice-oriented focus.

•   Prepares educators to be good consumers of research and to use data to make informed decisions.

•   Provides educators opportunities to learn about diverse populations, schools, and educational settings.

Specialist in Education (EdS) in Curriculum Design & Instruction

The program of study for the EdS consists of 30 semester hours of coursework, including 120 clock hours of practicum. The EdS coursework can be completed in two and a half years.

Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to:

•   Develop instructional programs that promote student learning and staff development.

•   Effectively implement instructional methods and technologies.

•   Manage curricular resources effectively to promote a high level of performance.

•   Respond to diverse community interests and needs.

•   Assess the political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context of the school district, the community, the state, and the nation.

Doctor of Education (EdD) in Curriculum Design & Instruction

Individuals who complete the EdS may apply for admission to the EdD. The EdD requires 30 semester hours of study, including a dissertation. The EdD can be completed in approximately two years.

Graduates who complete the EdD program will attain the knowledge and skills to:

•   Conduct research on educational issues and apply appropriate research techniques to solving problems.

•   Effectively implement instructional methods and technologies.

•   Manage curricular resources effectively to promote a high level of performance.

•   Respond to diverse community interests and needs.

•   Assess the political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context of the school district, the community, the state, and the nation.

Admission

This program is highly selective and not all applicants will be admitted. Applicants are considered on an individual basis without regard to sex, race, disability, nationality, or religion. The following items are required for admission:


1.
   A completed application for admission; APPLY NOW ($40 fee).

2.
   EdS: A master’s degree in Education (e.g., MA, MS, MEd) from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. 

EdD: A master’s degree in Education (e.g., MA, MS, MEd) and a specialist degree in Education, or the equivalent, from a regionally accredited institution.


3.
   Official transcripts from all institutions previously attended. The minimum GPA required on all graduate level coursework earned within a master’s degree is 3.25 on a 4.0 scale.

4.
   Current vitae/resume.

5. 
  Recommendation forms completed by three professional colleagues, including at least two who supervised the applicant’s work at some time during the past five years.

6.
   Admission Essay/Personal Statement. Write a two- to three-page essay discussing your future professional goals and plans, the contributions you have made in your profession, and your rationale for pursuing the doctoral program.

7.
   Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores within the past five years. McKendree GRE code: 1456 www.ets.org/gre

8.
   Two years of teaching/professional experience.

9.
   Applicants may be required to participate in a personal interview to assess readiness for the program.

Class Format

This program is formatted for the working professional. Classes in the fall and spring meet one night a week for eight weeks. During the summer, EDS 708 meets in June, three days a week for three weeks, and EDS 720 is taken one day in July. See sequences below.

Lebanon Campus Options:

Spring 2015 EdD program

Fall 2015 EdS program

Fall 2015 EdD program 

Tuition

Tuition for the EdS and EdD is $520 per credit hour for the 2014/2015 academic year. Financial aid is available.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of 9 hours of transfer credit may be applied to the EdS degree. All 30 hours in the EdD degree must be taken at McKendree University.

 Request for Additional Information

If you have questions about the program, please complete the Graduate Education Program Information Request form. The information submitted is secure and confidential.


Office of Graduate Admission
701 College Road
Lebanon, IL 62254
618-537-6576
800-BEARCAT ext. 6576
graduate@mckendree.edu

 

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