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PhD - Education: Postsecondary & Adult Education

Capella University's online Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Postsecondary and Adult Education program is designed to advance teachers' current skills in order to prepare them to teach at a college level and thereon. Learn more about Capella's online PhD program.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Postsecondary and Adult Education

School Offering Program:

Capella University

Program Level:

Doctoral

Program Prerequisites:

Students thinking of enrolling in the Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Postsecondary and Adult Education online program at Capella University should have an interest in adult leadership and expertise in communication. Prospective students should also have established skills in educational instruction and curriculum development. Strong abilities in writing, research, and critical thinking are recommended. Applicants must hold a master's degree from an accredited university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher; some programs may have additional admission requirements.

Program Description:

The online Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Postsecondary and Adult Education program at Capella University is meant to help students further their current teaching skills to instruct at a college level and become leaders in higher education in a variety of adult learning settings. Students are given the opportunity to learn how to ethically communicate with and manage a diverse population of adult learners to help them reach their full potential. Learners may apply scholarly research, theories, and data to advance practices in higher education and adult learning. The PhD in Education, Postsecondary and Adult Education program at Capella is also designed to teach students how to develop and use assessments, critical thinking, and analysis to drive instruction and problem-solving. Students may explore subjects like theories and methods of educating adults, faculty leadership, online course design, and classroom assessment.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

92 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Capella University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Postsecondary and Adult Education:

Students in the online Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Postsecondary and Adult Education program at Capella University are asked to complete 33 credits in core courses including three four-day residencies. Students are also required to finish 24 credits in specialization courses, 20 credits in elective courses, and must enroll in the dissertation courseroom class a total of four times. Upon completion of all required coursework, students will take the doctoral comprehensive examination course. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Capella University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (33 credits)

  • Advanced Studies in Education: Theory, Practice, and Purpose
  • Theory and Methods of Educating Adults
  • Critical Thinking in Adult Education
  • Survey of Research Methods
  • Quantitative Design and Analysis
  • Qualitative Design and Analysis
  • PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 1
  • PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 2
  • PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 3

Specialization Courses (24 credits)

  • Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Educational Process
  • Teaching Adults
  • International and Multicultural Perspectives in Postsecondary and Adult Education
  • Classroom Assessment in Education
  • Faculty Leadership
  • Curriculum Development and Teaching Strategies for Adult Learning

Elective Courses (20 credits)

  • Students choose 5 classes from the following recommended elective courses and/or any graduate courses:
    • Foundations of Adult Education
    • Assessment of Learning and Teaching in Adult Education
    • Online Course Design, Facilitation, and Assessment

Dissertation (12 credits)

  • Students must register for this class a minimum of four times
    • Dissertation Courseroom

Doctoral Exam (3 credits)

  • Students take this upon completion of all required coursework
    • Doctoral Comprehensive Examination

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Graduates with a Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Postsecondary and Adult Education from Capella University should possess advanced teaching, leadership, and management skills in higher education and diverse, adult-learning environments. They may be able to communicate effectively and ethically and develop curriculum and instructional practices that position adult students to excel in learning. Students who gain a PhD in Education, Postsecondary and Adult Education from Capella may work in adult education community programs, as an online or traditional college or university instructor, in military education, and in vocational schools. Graduates may be interested in the following career paths:

  • Community college faculty
  • Dean
  • Provost
  • Vice president of academic affairs

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