PSU’s Doctor of Education (EdD) in Higher Education is designed to provide doctoral students with the skills and knowledge needed for successful careers in a variety of higher education environments. Doctoral students who currently work in higher education, and those who aspire to, will be able to explore the field of higher education through core and specialization courses, and participate in a practicum experience designed to give them direct experience in their areas of interest.
The program offers concentrations in:
The Higher Education program provides experiences in and assessment of these learning outcomes: Leadership, Advocacy, Reflection, Innovation, Scholarship, Application, Professionalism, Service, Global Awareness, Social Responsibility, Reflective Writing, Academic Writing, Research Methodology, Systems Analysis, Information Management and Collaboration.
The field of Higher Education is evolving and changing to meet the demands of 21st century demographics and work force needs. By incorporating principles of reflective practice and contemplative pedagogy into this program, the Higher Education faculty members look to prepare innovative leaders and instructors who will be equipped to do transformative work in their chosen higher education environments. Discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge and research are integral to the program. Doctoral students participate in a cohort model that is developed into a learning community. The program courses and faculty support intellectual challenge, collaborative inquiry, and focused scholarship.