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Education (Ed. D.)

The Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership and Practice (HELP) at UNG is tailored to the needs and interests of higher education administrators and professionals seeking to expand their professional knowledge and career opportunities. The cross-disciplinary structure of the HELP program is committed to educational equity, a deep integration of theory and policy with practice, and the cultivation of a scholarly community that supports constructive conflict, encourages novelty and creativity, and questions prevailing norms in higher education. The Ed.D. 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

YEAR 1: Coursework fosters development of dissertation topic, resulting in the completion of introduction, and literature review chapters.

YEAR 2: Course readings and assignments support the completion of a dissertation prospectus and committee approval for the student’s research.

YEAR 3: Data collection and analysis, written dissertation, and 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. A complete HELP Timeline can be found on the Culture, Language & Leadership site.

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