Ed.D. in Adult and Higher Education


Our Executive Weekend Ed.D. in Adult and Higher Education will prepare you to advance in leadership roles at various types of postsecondary institutions. The program provides you with analytical, theoretical and foundational groundings to address contemporary issues facing higher education educators, administrators and institutions. Topics related to diversity, social justice and inclusion are thread throughout the curriculum. You will have the opportunity to engage with a dynamic community of experts in order to enhance your leadership skills. You can choose an emphasis in Higher Education Administration or College Teaching.

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College Teaching Emphasis

Designed to prepare professionals relative to the role of faculty in various postsecondary institutional contexts. Courses focus on learning theories for various student populations, pedagogical practices and assessment practices in student learning.

Higher Education Administration Emphasis

Designed to meet the needs of individuals seeking leadership or administrative advancement. Courses focus on educational policy, administration and student affairs.

The three year weekend executive cohort program allows for a flexible learning environment with hybrid classes that meet Saturdays at NIU Naperville.  Students take two, eight-week courses during fall and spring terms.  Summer classes will be in weekend or online format.  The 2019-20 Saturday dates are listed below.

FALL 2019 SPRING 2020
Sept. 7 Jan. 25
Oct. 12 Feb. 8
Nov. 9 March 21
Dec. 7 April 11


Our Executive Weekend Ed.D. in Adult and Higher Education admits students for fall only. Completed applications with all supporting credentials are due no later than March 1.

You'll need to submit an application, a written statement of goals, three letters of recommendation, official transcripts and a résumé/CV to the graduate school. No GRE required. Three years of professional experience is preferred.

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Our Ed.D. Executive Weekend cohort provides a sequenced program with coursework in areas of instruction, educational policy, administration and research to prepare both generalists and specialists in the field. Doctoral students in adult and higher education prepare for leadership roles in a variety of adult and higher education contexts including student affairs, academic affairs and other areas of higher education administration and college teaching.

Our practice-based curriculum embeds the knowledge and skills needed for leadership positions. Coursework focuses on equity, social justice and applied research. The culminating project is a dissertation of practice that centers real-world challenges within higher education.

54 credits post masters

* Emphasis in Higher Education Administration (HEA)
** Emphasis in College Teaching (CT)

Fall Term Spring Term Summer Term
Year 1 CAHA 702: Philosophy of Postsecondary Education

CAHE 770: Administration of Higher Education

CAHE 703: Students in Postsecondary Education*

CAHA 530: Instructional Theory, Practice, and Teaching in Postsecondary Education**

ETR 521: Educational Statistics 1

Elective (3 Credits)

ETR 790: Community-Base and Participatory Action Research

Year 2 CAHE 771: Legal Aspects in Higher Education*

CAHA 733: Applied Learning Theories in Postsecondary Education**

CAHE 572: Assessment Methods in Higher Education

CAHE 772: Financing of Higher Education*

CAHA 759: Critical and Feminist Pedagogies in AHE**

CAHA 720: Review of Research in AHE

CAHA 570: Organization, Personnel Management, and Academic Administration

CAHA 721: Applied Research Design in AHE

Year 3 CAHA 575: Public Policy Studies in Higher Education*

CAHA 740: Pedagogical Innovations and Student Learning**

CAHA 798: Research Seminar in AHE

CAHA 799: Dissertation CAHA 799: Dissertation

Note: CAHA 799 is a variable credit course. Minimum of 12 credits required to graduate.