Our Doctor of Education (EdD) in Adult Education and Human Resource Development (AE/HRD) is designed to serve the advanced graduate study needs of professionals by preparing them to serve as scholar practitioners who develop, facilitate and manage programs for a wide range of adults in arenas such as post-secondary public and private education, business and industry, the military and other government agencies and health care. Instructional technology management, the professoriate, performance and HRD consulting, workforce development administration, hospital administration and knowledge management are some of the career arenas open to graduates.
Two cognate options are available within our doctoral program. The first option is an open cognate custom designed to meet the student’s research needs on a dissertation topic. The second option is a directed cognate in one of six areas: (1) International and Intercultural Education, (2) Labor Studies, (3) Urban Education, (4) Entrepreneurship, (5) Hospitality and Tourism Management and (6) Recreation and Sport Management. The directed cognate is a good option for students who want to focus their dissertation topic in one of these areas.
Participants in our program come from diverse backgrounds: business and industry; higher education; public and proprietary schools; allied health and social services agencies; law enforcement and corrections; the military, government and non-governmental agencies; religious organizations; libraries and museums; and civic and professional associations. We encourage individuals who are highly motivated and intellectually capable of meeting the challenges of a rigorous doctoral degree program to apply.