If you are interested in pursuing doctoral studies in  Adult, Workforce, and Continuing Professional Education (AWCPE), we offer two options: an executive weekend EdD program in Adult and Community College Education taught on the campus of UNC-Charlotte and a PhD in Educational Research and Policy Analysis with a specialization in AWCPE taught in Raleigh, NC.

In addition to coursework, students have the opportunity to supplement their experience and knowledge base through applied learning activities outside the classroom.

PhD in Educational Research and Policy Analysis with a Specialization in AWCPE

Students pursuing a PhD in Educational Research and Policy analysis may elect to specialize in AWCPE. These students gain opportunities as practitioners and scholars to critically integrate their professional experience with adult education theory, knowledge, and practice skills. The program offers two concentrations: Health Professions Education and Teaching and Learning.

To meet the needs of full- and part-time students, most in-person courses are offered once per week during late afternoon or evening. Select courses are offered in a once-per-month executive weekend format, summer session, or through distance education.

For more information review the program of study and meet our faculty.

Click here to learn how to apply. 

Tuere Bowles 
Associate Professor & Program Coordinator
Department of Leadership, Policy, Adult and Higher Education 
Poe Hall, Campus Box 7801 
North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC 27695-7801 

Concentration in Health Professions Education

If you are a health care professional whose responsibilities include educating patients, students, or early-career trainees (or who seeks such responsibility), a concentration in Health Professions Education will prepare you to plan, deliver, design and evaluate health-related education and training.

Our program offers practitioners the opportunity to integrate your professional experience with adult education theory, research, and practice.

Our graduates work in a variety of organizations involved in health-related education and training, including

    • State and government agencies
    • Hospitals (in human resource development, continuing education, staff development, training and development)
    • Postsecondary institutions.

Concentration in Teaching and Learning

Adult, Workforce, and Continuing Professional Education at NCSU is a nationally recognized program and has a rich and unique history within North Carolina for preparing Community College senior leaders – Presidents, Vice Presidents, Deans and Directors in addition to preparing outstanding faculty and administrators. Adult education thematic areas of practice include postsecondary education environments, community-based education, workplace or professional continuing education, or leading or teaching through community outreach organizations aimed at individual or community growth and enrichment. Students who choose the teaching and learning specialization will be prepared as scholar-leaders. As scholar-leaders they will develop the skills and knowledge base to create, use and apply rigorous data (information) to facilitate responsible and visionary decision-making in educational settings.


Executive Weekend Doctor of Education (EdD) Program - Adult and Community College Education

If you are a working practitioner in adult education looking to enhance your leadership skills and learn about innovative approaches in administration, instruction, and program outreach, our executive weekend EdD program was designed for you.

Join a cohort of top professionals in adult, community college, higher education, and human resource education, and build a strong network of peers through a 3.5 year program that will prepare you for leadership and teaching positions in adult education.

In pursuing an EdD, you will benefit from coursework and learning opportunities that focus on teaching, learning, leading, and education planning for individual students, groups, and society. To learn more about the courses, review the curricula for our ongoing 2013-2016 cohort and 2009-2010 cohort.

Benefits of the Executive Weekend EdD Program

  • Individual mentoring and advising from faculty with national reputations in adult education, community college education, higher education administration, and human resource development

  • Friday/Saturday classes accommodate working professional schedules

  • Emphasizes theory and research with application in real-world practice across a variety of settings

  • Focus on high-demand skills of leadership and innovation

  • Innovative support and strong network built through the cohort learning model


Admissions Requirements

Applicants to our executive weekend EdD program must follow the same process and meet the same requirements as all other doctoral students.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change on a yearly basis. Costs for residents and nonresidents are listed here under “Flexible Access.”

Upcoming Cohorts

Our next cohort is tentatively planned for 2016. Dates and details will be posted when available. For more information, contact Dr. James Bartlett, Charlotte Program Director & Associate Professor.

Adult and Community College Information Sessions for Future Applicants

All information sessions will take place in 120 Poe Hall, located on Stinson Drive off of Pullen Road.  Physical address is 2310 Stinson Drive, Raleigh, NC 27695 and parking is available in the lot adjacent to the building (after 5 p.m.).
**No information sessions in February
Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Monday May 11, 2015 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. 

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