Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) – Adult Education

Degree Overview

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), primarily an online program with some face-to-face requirements, is designed to facilitate the learning styles of adults by providing a collaborative community for higher-level thinking and problem solving. Undergirding the program are four key components: critical thinking, scholarly research that informs practice, writing, and learning from a Christian worldview. 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 Ed.D. program with advanced standing after a review of their post-master’s transcript(s).

Concentration Description

The online Doctor of Education 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, design, delivery, and evaluation issues in teaching and learning, and curriculum design for the adult learner.

Program Highlights

Length: 66 credit hour minimum (an additional 35 or more hours beyond the Ed.S. or its equivalent)
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 Education degree with a concentration in Adult Education. The Ed.S. is awarded after completion of 31 credit hours. The Doctor of Education degree is awarded after completion of 66+ credit hours.
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Features: Online coursework, concentration and dissertation advisor, on-campus residencies.

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Career Opportunities

Adult Education Teacher
Adult Education Administrator
Adult Education Consultant


Christopher Slater, Ed.D., Regent Graduate
Christopher Slater, Ed.D.
Talent Development Officer
Dept. of Transportation
Regent Graduate, 2009

"The value of a Regent degree is the critical thinking skills that you will gain. Every theory you know, every belief you held, and even your faith, will get stretched to the limits."

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