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Ph.D./Ed.D. in Adult and Continuing Education

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Adult and Continuing Education prepares scholars for careers or advancement as college or university faculty members or in other educational or corporate settings where the application of adult learning principles and theories and the development of new knowledge, theory, and research are important.

Challenging and insightful coursework along with opportunities to develop personal relationships with students and faculty provide future success in the adult education field.

Program features

  • Most courses meet one night a week for 8 to 10 weeks
  • Full-time faculty/advisors with experience as practitioners
  • Opportunity to specialize in area related to career
  • Can start coursework in fall, spring, or summer
  • Competitive, flat-rate tuition and fees
  • Scholarship opportunities

Ph.D. Curriculum (90 credit hours)

Master's degree:
  • 30 credits typically recognized from Master's degree
Required core:
  • 18 credits (waived with MS in Adult and Continuing Education
    from K-State)

    These credits do not count as part of the 90 required credits for the degree. 
    • Introduction to Adult Education
    • Characteristics of Adult Learners
    • Social Foundations of Adult Education
    • Program Planning in Adult Education
    • Adult Learning and Motivation
    • Research Methods
900-Level Coursework: (12 hrs minimum)
  • Foundations of Adult Education
  • Adult Development Theory
  • Organization and Administration of Adult Education
  • Significant Literature in Adult Education 
  • Seminar: Scholarly Writing
  • Seminar: Dissertation
Research Core: (15 hrs minimum)
  • Statistics
  • Qualitative Research Design
  • Experimental Design
  • Advanced Data Analysis
Electives: 
  • Select electives appropriate to the area of emphasis that satisfy the minimum 90 credit hours of the program. 
Prelim Exam:
  • After completion of coursework, students will submit a research proposal for their dissertation.
Dissertation:
  • 12 credit hrs

 

Ed.D. Curriculum (94 credit hours)

Master's degree:
  • 30 credits typically recognized from Master's degree
Required core:
  • 18 credits (waived with MS in Adult and Continuing Education 
    from K-State)

    These credits do not count as part of the 90 required credits for the degree. 
    • Introduction to Adult Education
    • Characteristics of Adult Learners
    • Social Foundations of Adult Education
    • Program Planning in Adult Education
    • Adult Learning and Motivation
    • Research Methods
900-Level Coursework: (12 hrs minimum)
  • Foundations of Adult Education
  • Adult Development Theory
  • Organization and Administration of Adult Education
  • Significant Literature in Adult Education 
  • Seminar: Scholarly Writing
  • Seminar: Dissertation
Research Core: (15 hrs minimum)
  • Statistics
  • Qualitative Research Design
  • Experimental Design
  • Advanced Data Analysis
Clinical experience: (12 hrs minimum)
  • EDACE 991 — Internship in Adult Education, or equivalent course  
Electives: 
  • Select electives appropriate to the area of emphasis that satisfy the minimum 90 credit hours of the program. 
Prelim Exam:
  • After completion of coursework, students will submit a research proposal for their dissertation.
Dissertation:
  • 12 credit hrs minimum