Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development, doctoral degree options
The goal of the Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy and Human Development is to prepare scholar leaders who can positively influence improvement in K-12, higher education, counseling, and adult education. The doctoral degree encourages students to engage in multidisciplinary research while also developing in-depth expertise in their chosen program area of study.
All doctoral degrees in the College of Education require a minimum of 72 graduate credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. Most doctoral programs in the College of Education require a minimum of 60 graduate credit hours beyond an approved master’s degree.
PH.D. DOCTORAL PROGRAM AREAS OF STUDY
Adult, Workforce, and Continuing Professional Education Program
The Adult, Workforce, and Continuing Professional Education program area is unique in its emphasis on serving the spectrum of both formal and informal adult learning organizations, and its inclusion of administrative, instructional and technology-related leadership within a practitioner preparation program. Based on a land-grant, Research Extensive University, the department reflects the tripartite commitment to quality instruction, research scholarship and service outreach.
Counseling and Counselor Education
The Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy and Human Development with a focus on counseling and counselor education is designed to prepare dedicated, knowledgeable, skillful, ethically responsible, and socially and culturally aware professionals for the 21st century. We seek talented and engaged students, with diverse counseling and counseling-related professional experiences, who are committed to teaching, research, scholarship, technology, leadership, collaboration, advocacy, multiculturalism and social justice in counseling and counselor education. Our graduates will become scholars, administrators and leaders who will design, implement and evaluate innovative counseling and educational projects or services focused on the empowerment of marginalized populations and the promotion of equity and fairness worldwide.
Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis
The Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis program area is multidisciplinary, deliberately drawing on a wide range of theoretical traditions and methodologies to address critical issues in education, such as school choice, high poverty schools, and access to higher education. Graduates who complete our program often take leadership and research positions in a wide range of private and public educational agencies or become college and university faculty.
NC State’s Higher Education program provides exceptional opportunities for students interested in higher education administration to explore a core body of knowledge, gain real-world professional experience, and pursue advanced study. Program content is informed by relevant theory, scholarly research and best practice in the fields of higher education and student affairs. In addition, the program links theoretical foundations of higher education leadership and administration to practical application of skills.
ED.D. DOCTORAL PROGRAM AREAS OF STUDY
Adult and Community College Education (Charlotte and Raleigh Cohorts)
The NC State University Ed.D. in Adult and Community College Education meets in cohorts in Charlotte and Raleigh, and provides a unique opportunity for working professionals to complete a doctoral program. The structure of the program allows professionals to balance work responsibilities with academic commitments for a degree that can be completed in under four years.
Designed for school administrators, the Educational Leadership program seeks to improve the quality of K-12 schools by preparing the next generation of principals to be leaders dedicated to educational excellence and equity. Graduates are empowered with leadership strategies that improve student performance in environments that are dynamic, interactive and culturally diverse.