Ed.D. in Higher Education
Our Executive Weekend Ed.D. in 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. You'll take two, eight-week courses during fall and spring terms. Summer classes will be in weekend or online format.
Our Executive Weekend Ed.D. in 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.
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 higher education prepare for leadership roles in a variety of 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.
Ed.D Program: 54 Credits Post Masters
* Emphasis in Higher Education Administration (HEA)
** Emphasis in College Teaching (CT)
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Note: CAHA 799 is a variable credit course. Minimum of 12 credits required to graduate. Dissertation may take two to five semesters depending on topic and data collection timeline.
The Ed.D. weekend cohort is a hybrid program where students take two eight-week courses during fall and spring terms with two Saturdays required per eight-week course (four Saturday classes per term). Summer classes will be in a weekend or online format.
2019-20 Academic Weekend Cohort Dates
- Saturday, Sept. 7
- Saturday, Oct. 12
- Saturday, Nov. 9
- Saturday, Dec. 7
- Saturday, Jan. 25
- Saturday, Feb. 8
- Saturday, March 21
- Saturday, April 11
- Saturday, May 30
- Saturday, June 20
- Online Synchronistic Meetings:
- Wednesday, July 8
- Wednesday, July 22
2020-21 Academic Weekend Cohort Dates
- Saturday, Aug. 29
- Saturday, Sept. 26
- Saturday, Oct. 24
- Saturday, Nov. 14
- Saturday, Jan. 23
- Saturday, Feb. 20
- Saturday, March 27
- Saturday, April 24
- Saturday, May 29
- Saturday, June 19
- Online Synchronistic Meetings:
- Wednesday, July 7
- Wednesday, July 21
- Higher Education
Department of Counseling and Higher Education