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Education (Ed. D.)

The University of North Georgia (UNG) now offers a fully online Doctor of Education with a major in Higher Education Leadership and Practice. The EdD has been approved by the Board of Regents and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Campus Availability

Online Only

Program Info

Vision, Objectives, and Goals of the HELP Program

The vision of the Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership and Practice (HELP) at the University of North Georgia is comprised of three tenets: 1) a commitment to educational equity; 2) a deep integration of theory and policy with practice; and 3) the cultivation of a scholarly community that supports creative conflict, encourages novelty, and questions prevailing norms in higher education.

The HELP program links research and higher education leadership as the core. It also utilizes a cross-disciplinary approach to bridge faculty and staff from a multitude of departments across campus -such as the College of Education, Research and Engagement, Institutional Effectiveness, Student Affairs, and the Office of the General Counsel - to support curriculum development and dissertation research. 

The Ed.D. program is delivered completely online through asynchronous courses, including 45 semester hours of higher education leadership, practice, and research coursework, and 15 dissertation hours. Individual meetings with faculty for advising, research, and mentoring occur face-to-face, synchronously online, and through regular asynchronous online interactions. 

Program Alignment for the HELP Program 

The Ed.D. curriculum in Higher Education Leadership and Practice (HELP) is scaffolded to match specific dissertation milestones. Coursework in the first year fosters the development of a dissertation topic, as well as the supporting theoretical framework and methodology. During the second year, students utilize classroom readings and assignments to complete their dissertation prospectus and receive institutional approval for their research. The third year focuses on data collection and analysis related to the dissertation, as well as the successful completion of the written dissertation and subsequent oral defense. Therefore, through the inherent synergy between coursework and dissertation research, students work closely with faculty to complete the Ed.D. program within a three-year time frame.

Quick Info

  • Program begins each fall
  • Application deadline: March 1
  • 60 semester hour program.
  • Completely online, no campus visits required.
  • May be completed within three years

Program Contact

Katherine Adams, PhD

Contact: Reginia Samples
5154 Nesbitt - Gainesville Campus
678-717-2371
COEgrads@ung.edu

Appendix A: HELP Program Timeline Progression

Fall Semester Year One

Spring Semester Year One

Summer Semester Year One

EDD 7100: Research Design and Evaluation 

3 Credit Hours

EDD 7102: Quantitative Research Methods

3 Credit Hours

EDD 7104: Organizational Psychology in Higher Education Administration: Understanding and Transforming Human Systems

3 Credit Hours

EDD 7103: Trends and Issues in Higher Education Research and Policy

3 Credit Hours

EDD 7105: Ethics and Law in Higher Education Administration

3 Credit Hours

EDD 7200: Finance and Administration in Higher Education

3 Credit Hours

EDD 8001: Research Development Seminar

1 Credit Hour

  • Identify research topic; navigate databases and developing research skills; research critiques; theoretical framework

EDD 8001: Research Development Seminar

1 Credit Hour

  • Produce literature review chapter
  • Produce introduction chapter
  • Potential major advisor search

EDD 8001: Research Development Seminar

1 Credit Hour

  • Major advisor identified
  • Research committee identified
  • Complete CITI Training

Fall Semester Year Two

Spring Semester Year Two

Summer Semester Year Two

EDD 7101: Qualitative Research Methods

3 Credit Hours

EDD 7208: Advanced Qualitative Methods OR EDD 7209 Advanced Quantitative Methods

3 Credit Hours

EDD 7203: Program Development and Assessment in Higher Education

3 Credit Hours

EDD 7107: Leadership Theory and Research

3 Credit Hours

EDD 7202: Leadership and Administration in Student Affairs 

3 Credit Hours

EDD 7204: High-Impact Teaching in Higher Education 

3 Credit Hours

EDD 8002: Research Development Seminar

1 Credit Hour

  • Prepare dissertation proposal
  • Submit prospectus; submit IRB application

EDD 8002: Research Development Seminar

1 Credit Hour

  • Prepare dissertation proposal
  • Submit prospectus; submit IRB application

EDD 8002: Research Development Seminar

1 Credit Hour

Prepare data collection

Fall Semester Year Three

Spring Semester Year Three

Summer Semester Year Three

EDD 7205: Effective Course Design, Implementation and Assessment in Higher Education

3 Credit Hours

EDD 7206: Utilizing Technology to Support Engaged Student Learning in Higher Education

3 Credit Hours

EDD 8003: Dissertation Research

6 Credit Hours

  • Submit dissrtation

EDD 7207: Supporting Non-Traditional and Underrepresented Students in Higher Education

3 Credit Hours

EDD 8003: Dissertation Research

2 Credit Hours

  • Analyze gathered data
  • Produce findings
  • Write up conclusions

EDD 8003: Research Development Seminar (Fall Semester Only)

1 Credit Hour

  • Data collection and analysis

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