McKendree University Will Offer Doctoral Program in Education


Lebanon, Ill. — McKendree University has received authorization by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to offer a Doctoral Program in Education in curriculum design and instruction.

The HLC conducted a campus visit in February with extensive review of the McKendree program proposal. Following the review, along with multiple interviews of faculty, staff and administrators, the commission concluded that McKendree has demonstrated significant ability to provide a very strong and contemporary Doctoral Program in Education. The doctoral program will begin this fall and the admission process will start immediately.

Approval of the program was the result of five years of research and planning, according to Dr. Joseph Cipfl, dean of the McKendree Graduate School. Faculty and staff were diligent in the review and development process. A comprehensive environmental scan and an extensive completion study were conducted in order to determine enrollment interest.

“The McKendree doctoral program in curriculum design and instruction is not duplicated by any other university within the region,” Cipfl noted.

The doctorate will benefit teachers and administrators by enabling them to develop and sustain instructional programs that promote student learning and staff development. They will learn how to manage a school district’s curricular organization, operation and resources to produce an effective, efficient and safe learning environment. They will be able to assess the political, social, economic, legal and cultural context of a school district, a community, a state and nation. They will have experience in conducting research on educational issues learning how to apply appropriate research techniques and educational theories. Classes will be offered at the Lebanon campus. For more information or to apply, go to

In its 183 years of operation, the Doctoral Program in Education is the first doctoral degree in education offered by the university. McKendree currently provides four master’s degree programs and 40 bachelor’s degree programs.



McKendree University ranks among the top 13 percent of the Midwest’s Best Regional Colleges in the 2011 edition of U.S. News Media Group’sBest Colleges report. Its graduate school offers degrees in education, professional counseling, business administration and nursing. Designed for adult learners and working professionals, evening and online classes are offered at the Lebanon, Ill., campus 25 miles from downtown St. Louis, and off-site locations.