Program Contact

Dr. Chad Hoggan
Associate Professor
Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development

Program Area of Study

Adult, Workforce, and Continuing Professional Education

Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development (ELPHD)

The Adult, Workforce, and Continuing Professional Education specialization with the Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development 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.

If you are interested in applying for this program, please use the Apply Now button. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Information Sessions
6-7:30 pm
August 29, 2019
Open House
Poe 400C

6-7:30 p.m.
September 26, 2019
Open House
Poe 400C

Degree Description

The Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development with a specialization in Adult, Workforce, and Continuing Professional Education, is one-of-a-kind as its primary commitment is to part-time students who are full-time working professionals. Full-time students are eligible for consideration to receive full funding through scholarships, fellowships and research and teaching assistantships, which allow our students to work with top faculty on cutting-edge projects. To meet the needs of full- and part-time students, most courses are offered once a week during late afternoon or evening hours. Some courses are regularly available during summer sessions and weekends and through distance education technologies.

Applications for admission are submitted through the Graduate School. We accept students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds.  To qualify for admission, applicants must have a master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education in any field.  International applicants must also have a TOEFL score of 100 or higher.  Admission decisions are based on several criteria, including undergraduate GPA, work history and interest in the field.

Admission Requirements

Please note: If you are currently enrolled in a master’s degree program in our College of Education and are interested in pursuing a Ph.D., you must formally apply to the program through the Graduate School.

  • Completed online application, department application form, resume and non-refundable application fee
  • Unofficial transcripts of all post-secondary education
  • Statement of interest including summary of your proposed program goals and desired future outcomes upon program completion
  • North Carolina residency form if claiming for tuition purposes
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores for international students
  • Current GRE test scores (taken within the last 5 years)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation

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.



Course descriptions can be found in the university course catalog. Please note: The course of study below is for doctoral students entering the AWCPE program in Fall 2016.

This program area of study requires a minimum of 60 credit hours beyond a Master’s degree.


Our Faculty

Duane Akroyd

Susan Barcinas
Associate Professor

Michelle Bartlett
Teaching Assistant Professor

James Bartlett
Associate Professor

Tuere Bowles
Associate Professor

Diane Chapman
Teaching Professor

Jayne Fleener

Chad Hoggan
Associate Professor

Audrey J. Jaeger
Professor & Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor

Robert Templin
Professor of the Practice

Rey Garcia
Professor of Practice

Carrol Warren
Teaching Assistant Professor

Dr. Ryan Rucker
Teaching Assistant Professor

Dr. Donna Petherbridge
Teaching Assistant Professor
Associate Vice Provost, Academic Technology Innovation, DELTA

Dr. Pooneh Lari
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Dr. Pam Howze
Teaching Assistant Professor