Charlotte Cohort - Ed.D. in Adult and Community College Education

The Charlotte Cohort's Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Adult and Community College Education degree is designed to prepare practitioners for leadership and teaching positions in their work with educating adults. The focus is on the study and practice of teaching, learning, leading, and education-planning for individuals, groups, and society.


Off-campus Charlotte Cohort — Executive Format: Ed.D. in Adult and Community College Education

The NC State University Ed.D. doctoral cohort in Adult and Community College Education meets on the campus of UNC Charlotte and provides a unique opportunity for working professionals to complete a doctoral program.

As stated by one of the current graduate students “I truly appreciate the structure of the program which allows me to plan ahead of time for potential conflicts between work projects and class assignments. As a working professional, being able to balance my work responsibilities with academic commitments is essential to my success and sanity!”

Key Features of the upcoming 2013 cohort

  • Faculty with national reputations in adult education, community college education, higher education administration, and human resource development
  • High quality NC State doctoral program
  • Executive Format to meet working professionals’ schedules
  • Meets on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year.
  • Doctoral program which combines theory, research, and practice
  • Focus on leadership and innovation for a dynamic knowledge economy
  • Faculty commitment to mentor and individually supervise students
  • Innovative support through a cohort learning model
  • Peer cohort students who are top professionals in adult, community college, higher education, and human resource education.
  • Learning network among students, practitioners, and the scholarly community
  • Successful history in cohort doctoral level programs
  • 3 cohorts in Asheville and one cohort in Charlotte
  • Dedicated full-time faculty member to serve as administrator over program

Program Structure

Admitted doctoral students will enroll in a set curriculum and participate in 3 ½ years of coursework to begin January, 2013. Students will participate in 6 credit hours of course work each fall and spring semesters, as well as up to one course each summer session. A tentative listing of selected course offerings are presented on the curriculum section of this website.

The two courses offered each semester will meet on Friday evenings (6:00 - 9:00 pm) and Saturdays (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) for a potential maximum of 12 weeks in a 14 week semester or in the summer the one course will need to meet either 5 or 8 weeks in the summer. However, some of the courses may meet for part of the time in a hybrid format through internet web presence or in variations of Friday/Saturday offerings. A few courses will be offered completely online and not meet face-to-face. (Note there will be occasional modifications of course offerings to maximize involvement of quality NC State faculty or to have appropriate classroom space and technology support).

Most of the courses will have a web presence, and some courses may represent “hybrid learning” with both in-class engagement, as well as select class sessions on the Internet. With prior negotiation with the cohort, there will be an occasional weekend in the Raleigh area. This involvement at the Raleigh campus will be infrequent.

At the point of dissertation development (approximately the latter half of the second year), each student will have identified (with the assistance of the Doctoral Cohort Director and other faculty) the specific NC State faculty who will guide the student in the development, research effort, and defense of the dissertation research for 12 hours of dissertation supervision.


Admission applications for the next Charlotte cohort is now open for Spring of 2013. Admissions will be in two segments

  • Early admissions deadline has been set for December 31st, 2011. Notification of acceptance into the program for those that apply early will be by February 2012.
  • Regular admissions deadline has been set for February 15th, 2012. Students in regular admissions will hear a decision by April 2012. Classes for cohort will begin in January 2013.
  • Future cohorts - The department faculty will reassess the offering of a cohort for a start-up in 2015.

Applicants must apply through the NC State Graduate School Admissions website.

Complete discussion of admissions procedures noted on the department admissions website:

Frequently Asked Questions regarding admissions are listed on faq.

This new program will be listed on the North Carolina State University, Graduate School website as the Adult and Community College Education - Charlotte cohort - ADZ

Admissions questions should be directed to Dr. James E. Bartlett at Admissions process should be directed to Ms. Shana Scott at or 919 919.515.6238

Charlotte cohort curricula

  • Charlotte Cohort Curriculum 2006-2010 (.pdf)
  • Charlotte Cohort Curriculum 2009-2012 (.pdf)

Admissions Questions

*Is there a rule exception for those who took the GRE over five years ago?

There is no exception. All GRE scores are required to be less than five years old. The GRE should also represent all three areas, Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing.

*When do I need to get in all my materials and the GRE scores?

You need to submit all of your materials through ApplyYourself and be sure that your GRE scores are available at NC State by application deadline. Faculty will review only complete files.

Transfer of Credits

*Is a student able to transfer credit toward the program?

As in all our doctoral programs, the department transfers in 18 hrs. of coursework from a student's accredited Master's toward completion of the Ed.D. degree program., which is beyond the required courses in the program. Beyond these 18 hours, we are not able to accept additional coursework.

Commitments to Course Attendance

Students will be expected to have a physical presence in all course sessions on Fridays and Saturdays (unless the course session is through the instructor guided web presence). Most of the courses will have a web presence and some courses may represent “hybrid learning” with both in-class engagement and on-line class engagement. This program will also offer a few courses in a total on-line learning environment. Current NC State academic calendars are at:

Future Cohort Offerings in Charlotte

*Will the cohort be offered again?

Because of the special demands of this cohort program, the faculty cannot offer the program on a yearly basis for new cohorts. It is only offered once every four years. This cohort program is based upon sufficient student enrollment to support it and the ability of our faculty to offer quality instruction and dissertation supervision to a large group of doctoral students. During the third year of this 2013 cohort (2015), a needs assessment will be conducted to determine continuing interest in offering a third cohort. From our previous needs assessment, we have every indication that this program should be highly successful and meet important needs for doctoral preparation in the greater Charlotte region.

Tuition and fees

Distance education tuition and fees for academic year are located at the following site under the listing Distance Education Flexible Access Credit Courses. (These tuition and fees are subject to change on a yearly basis.) For further information, please refer to:


For other questions, please do contact: Dr. James Bartlett (Charlotte Program Director & Associate Professor)


Box 7801
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, N.C. 27695-7801
Educational Leadership & ERPA-K12 Programs: Sharon Walker, 919-515-3127, Adult & Higher Education Programs: Shana Scott, 919-515-6238,

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