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Graduate School


Education Doctoral Program

Department Chair:

Dr. William Martin

Doctoral Graduate Coordinator:

Dr. Myron Eighmy

Department Location:

School of Education, FLC 210

Telephone Number:

(701) 231-7921

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D., Ed.D.

Application Deadline:

February 1

English Proficiency Requirements:

TOEFL ibT 88; IELTS 6.5

Program Description

The Education Doctoral Programs prepare scholars who will advance education research and practice and maintain the integrity and vitality of the profession. Our graduates will be stewards of the discipline, individuals entrusted with preserving, creating, and applying knowledge in education and with communicating educational knowledge to others. North Dakota State University offers both the Ed.D. and Ph.D. degrees in Education, with an emphasis in either Institutional Analysis or Occupational and Adult Education.

The Institutional Analysis curriculum was designed to provide the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary for understanding institutional performance both inside and outside of formal education settings. This option area focuses on the role of assessment, evaluation, and other research and analysis techniques in supporting institutional planning, policy formation, and decision-making.

The Occupational and Adult Education curriculum was designed to provide the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary for understanding the nature, function, and scope of adult learning both inside and outside of formal educational settings. This option area focuses on preparing individuals to engage in lifelong learning, working with adults of all ages and in all settings including workplace training and education, universities, adult literacy programs, adult basic education, community education, libraries, museums, and social service agencies.

Admission Requirements

Qualified students may apply for admission through the Graduate School online application. In addition to the standard Graduate School application materials, applicants must submit an essay stating how their career goals align with the mission and goals of the Education Doctoral Programs. Admission is only considered after all required application materials are received by the Graduate School and reviewed by the program’s faculty. An interview may be required. Admission is a selective process and decisions are based on the congruency of the applicant’s professional goals with the program goals, predicted success of the applicant as a student and professional in the chosen field, and are made only after considering all available data. A student must meet all requirements for unconditional admission. Application deadline is February 1.

Financial Assistance

Graduate assistantships may be available in the School of Education. Applications are considered on the basis of scholarship, potential to undertake advanced study and research, and financial need. Students must be accepted into the Graduate School before they are eligible for an assistantship.

Degree Requirements

All registrations in Education Doctoral courses must be approved by the student’s adviser. Only those courses approved by the student’s supervisory committee may be included on the final plan of study leading to the degree.

The Education Doctoral Programs require a minimum of 90 semester hours beyond the bachelor's degree (a minimum of 60 semester hours beyond the master's degree). Up to 30 credits of prior graduate level courses may be transferred into the program provided the courses meet the Graduate School transfer requirements and they are approved by the supervisory committee.

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Education Doctorate Faculty

Myron Eighmy, Ed.D.
University of Minnesota, 1995
Research Interests: Higher Education Policy, Training and Human Resources Development, State and Federal Policy for Workforce Education and Training

Elizabeth Erichsen, Ph.D.
University of Wyoming, 2009
Research Interests: International And Comparative Education; Qualitative Research Methodologies; Issues In Race, Class And Gender Relating To Access To Postsecondary And Higher Education; Multiple Selves And Adult Learner Identity Development; Lifelong Learning; European Models Of Adult And Continuing Education; Transformative Learning; Women's Issues And Non-Traditional Learners In Higher Education; And Critical Theory And Critical Media Literacy.

Brent D. Hill, Ph.D.
Oklahoma State University, 2011
Research interests:  Research evaluation, measurement and statistics

Claudette Peterson, Ed.D.
Oklahoma State University, 2006
Research Interests/Areas of Expertise: Adult Education, Nonformal Education, Learning Strategies, Instrumented Learning

Christopher Ray, Ph.D.
Oklahoma State University, 2007
Research Interests: Institutional Analysis; Learning Outcomes Assessment; Moral Education; College Student Development; Research Methods

Nathan Wood, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota, 2006
Research Interests: Relationships Among Affective and Social Factors, Learning, and Achievement

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Phone: +1 (701) 231-7033
Campus address:  106 Putnam Hall
Physical/delivery address:  NDSU Graduate School/106 Putnam Hall/1349 12th Avenue Northwest/Fargo, ND 58102
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