Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction: Learning & Development Concentration
- Total Credit Hours: 55
- Degree Format: Online
About this field
The Ed.D. with a major in Curriculum and Instruction and a concentration in learning and development offers an engaging and flexible educational model designed for those who are currently working, or who wish to work, in corporate or higher education learning environments (If you are a P-12 Georgia educator seeking an action to your Georgia certificate, please review our GaPSC approved program). Our innovative program provides practical opportunities for students to relate theoretical foundations to curricular and instructional issues faced in real-world settings. You will enjoy learning from our quality faculty whose real-world experience and knowledge has been acquired through many years learning, researching, and working in the domains of our field. We have also integrated strategically designed elective pathways that could lead to certificates that increase your personal equity and marketability. Elective pathways include:
- Higher education
- Certificate in Online Teaching
- Certificate in Public Sector Human Resource Management
- Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration
Our program delivery includes online and hybrid options.
Cost and Length of Program
The prescribed Ed.D. C&I course sequence will allow you to complete the course requirements of the program within 24-30 months. The dissertation process varies in length due to the unique nature of dissertations, but students regularly complete the dissertation phase in less than 30 months. Costs will also vary by student because we allow transfer credit for up to 3 (9 credit hours) qualified courses. Based on completing 45 credit hours and 9 dissertation hours, the estimated cost of the program is *20,500 including standard University fees. In many cases our costs are less than half the rate of similar programs. We encourage you to compare our cost with any other institution. We think you will be pleasantly surprised to see what a great value VSU is.
*Estimated cost computed based on Fall 2019 rates.
|Required Documents||Admission Requirements|
|Online Graduate Application||
|One Official Transcript from each institution where you have previously enrolled (undergraduate and graduate).
(Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at VSU will be obtained by the Graduate School.
|Graduate Record Exam or Miller Analogies Test||
GRE or MAT scores are required.
Recommended minimum scores for GRE:
|Valid Certificate (P-12 Concentration Only)||Must hold a valid level 4 or higher induction, Professional, Advanced professional, or Lead Professional teaching certificate, leadership certificate, service field certificate, or Life certificate.|
(General Recommendation Form Required)
|Recommendations from professionals who can assess professional qualifications & potential for successfully completing the program.|
|Doctor of Education Biographical Career Goal Statement
|The Doctor of Education Biographical Career Goal Statement will serve as a writing sample.|
|Resume||Must have 3 years minimum acceptable school or related agency experience.|
|VSU Medical Form||
|Verification of Lawful Presence
(For applicants who believe they qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.)
Unless otherwise indicated above, all required documents must be received on or before the admission deadline for your file to be reviewed. It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate time for document delivery and to ensure receipt of documents. Please allow at least 7-10 days for delivery by mail.
IMPORTANT PROGRAM INFORMATION
Completed applications are reviewed by a doctoral admissions committee comprised of departmental faculty. Admissions decisions are based on a composite scoring of qualitative and quantitative factors including the academic writing sample, recommendations, professional activities/achievements, prior grades, and test scores. Many factors influence admissions decisions including qualifications of other applicants and space available in the program.
International applicants must meet all admission criteria and documentation requirements as defined by the program, however, additional documentation may be required. Please review the information below for specific information and guidelines.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Exam or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Applicants whose first language is not English (based on country of citizenship) must submit official scores on the TOEFL exam or IELTS exam. International applicants whose first language is not English but who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.
- Certificate of Finances - The Certificate of Finance is required of any applicant requiring a student visa to enter the United States to complete his or her studies. This document is considered a part of the application for admission and applications will not be reviewed without this document. Applicants who do not require an I-20 student visa to complete their studies are exempt from this requirement.
- Evaluation of International Transcripts - Applicants who have completed coursework at an institution outside of the United States must submit a course-by-course evaluation of the coursework. This transcript evaluation must be completed by an international education credentials evaluation service such as Josef Silny, ECE, etc. The transcript evaluation does not replace the transcript requirement. Official transcripts are still required.
- The Doctor of Education in Curriculum & Instruction program ONLY admits Regular Status students.
- Probationary Status is not available for Doctor of Education programs at Valdosta State University.
- Irregular Admission is not available for Doctor of Education programs at Valdosta State University.
For admission questions about this program, please contact the Graduate School by phone, email, or stop by our office.
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- Test scores should be as current as possible. If your scores are borderline, consider taking them again. We will accept your highest score(s).
- Graduate GPA’s should be no lower than 3.5. on a 4.0 scale.
- Your writing sample should be well structured, answer the questions, and have no grammatical errors.
- Your resume and professional background should be complete, up-to-date, and contain sufficient information to judge likelihood of success in doctoral work.
- At least one letter of reference should come from an immediate supervisor who knows your work. If possible, another should come from a previous supervisor.
- Make sure ALL of your material is submitted to the Valdosta State University Graduate School well before the application deadline.
- A candidate must successfully complete, defend and submit a dissertation.
- A candidate must successfully complete a written comprehensive examination or equivalent before admission to candidacy.
- A candidate must have a GPA of 3.25 or above on all doctoral coursework.
- A candidate must complete an application for graduation one semester prior to their expected graduation date.
Program Retention, Dismissal, and Readmission
- The academic residency requirements are satisfied upon completion of two consecutive semesters of six semester hours or more of coursework.
- No more than 9 semester hours of post-master’s academic work may be transferred from another institution into a Dewar College of Education doctoral program. Transfer credit will be evaluated after admission, by the academic department. To be eligible, credit must be no more than seven years old prior to completion of the degree.
- Earning grades below “B” in graduate courses will result in the following consequences: Students admitted Fall 2011 and thereafter will be dismissed from the Graduate School if they accumulate three or more academic deficiency points unless otherwise indicated by individual program policy. A grade of “C” (although it may be credited toward a degree) equals one deficiency point. A grade of “D,” “WF” or “F,” or “U” (none of which will be credited toward a degree) equals two deficiency points.
- If dismissed from the program a student will not be considered for readmission.
- Candidates failing to maintain a 3.25 GPA on all doctoral coursework may face academic sanctions as determined by the Doctoral Coordinating Committee.
- A comprehensive exam must be successfully completed prior to entering candidacy. Candidates are permitted two attempts to complete the comprehensive exams. Candidates who fail to successfully complete the comprehensive exam after two attempts will be dismissed from the program.
- Doctoral candidates may take up to five years from the term in which comprehensive exams are taken and passed to complete their dissertation work. A one year emergency stop-out may be requested by the student through the Emergency Stop-Out Form. During the stop-out the student must register for a minimum of 1 hour of dissertation credit per term. If the dissertation proposal has been approved before the stop-out year then an updated and reapproved proposal is required by the end of the first semester following the stop-out. An additional extension of two years beyond the 5+1 year limit would require successful completion of a second comprehensive exam that is scheduled, taken, and graded within one term of the expiration of the 5+1 year limit. The two years will begin in the term after the second comprehensive exam is passed. The dissertation proposal must be updated to reflect current literature. The updated proposal must be approved by the dissertation committee during the first term of the two year extension. Failure to pass the second comprehensive exam will terminate the dissertation process.
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