Accelerated Online Education Doctorate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Post-secondary education is changing rapidly. As more “non-traditional” students enter degree and training programs and technology transforms traditional lecture-format classes, skilled instructors and professors will be needed to keep courses engaging and relevant to their diversifying student audiences.
You can prepare to meet demand for higher education instructors in fewer than three years when you earn your Doctor of Education in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education degree (Ed.D.) online with GMercyU. This accelerated, innovative online program is designed to empower you to provide engaging instruction in classroom and online formats, as well as prepare you to advocate for more equitable access to higher education through application of research and policy.
Delivered online with three residencies over the course of the program, this degree offers you convenience and flexibility. It also offers support from our experienced faculty, all of whom bring significant professional expertise to the classes they teach and to your dissertation advising.
Dissertation Completion Support from Day One
A 2010 Council of Graduate Schools survey found that nearly 60% of doctoral students don’t earn their degree in spite of completing all their coursework and examinations. The reason was failure to complete the dissertation. Many students struggle to complete or successfully defend their dissertation due to lack of consistent support.
At GMercyU, we’re determined not to let this rite of passage become a stumbling block on your path to a higher education teaching career. We help you start your dissertation early in your program, with advising and support from day one. Throughout your program, you’ll complete regular reviews and benchmarking with your advisor.
Few schools in the country offer doctoral students this type of support and even fewer of them offer it in online programs. It’s our goal to ensure you can claim the degree for which you’ve worked so hard.
If you have completed your coursework for an Ed.D. degree but have not yet completed your dissertation, take advantage of Gwynedd Mercy University’s A.B.D. (All But Dissertation) Completion program.
This program can be completed in less than three years and takes place mostly online. Classes are kept small, and you will progress through every class within a cohort of students.
Three residencies are required over the course of the program. Residencies include one international experience and two at our Gwynedd Valley, PA campus. Meals for your first on-campus residency, meals and lodging for your second on-campus residency, as well as international residency meals, lodging, and travel costs are included in your tuition costs along with your required textbooks.
Coursework for the Ed.D. in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
This degree program includes 54 credits of coursework, including your dissertation advising seminars.
Teaching and Learning – 21 credits
- Foundations of Higher Education Teaching and Learning – 3 credits
- Learning Models and Instructional Design – 3 credits
- Student Development Theory and Practice – 3 credits
- Adult Learning Theory – 3 credits
- Innovative Practices for Online Instruction – 3 credits
- Crisis in the Classroom – 3 credits
- Curriculum Development and Academic Program Design – 3 credits
Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education – 12 credits
- Cross-Cultural Perspectives – 3 credits
- Global Policy and Perspectives – 3 credits
- Equity, Equality and Equal Opportunity – 3 credits
- Critical Perspectives in Underserved Student Populations – 3 credits
Statistical Analysis, Methods, and Research – 9 credits
- Statistical Analysis, Methods and Research – 3 credits
- Advanced Statistical Analysis – 3 credits
- Program Evaluation, Assessment and Decision-Making – 3 credits
Dissertation – 12 credits
- Dissertation I – 3 credits
- Dissertation II – 3 credits
- Dissertation III – 3 credits
- Dissertation IV – 3 credits
The goal is to graduate competent higher education instructors who apply ethical principles and cultural competence to classroom instruction and to program design.
Who Can Apply?
To qualify for admission to our Ed.D. in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, you must provide proof of:
- A master’s degree in an education-related field of study from a regionally accredited institution, or comparable accreditation, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
- Your official graduate transcripts.
- A Graduate Record examination score of 155 or higher or a Miller Analogy Test percentile of 65 or higher (waived if you had a graduate GPA at or over 3.5).
- A professional resume showing a minimum of three years relevant experience.
- Three letters of reference from persons in leadership roles attesting that you have the ability to engage in studies at the doctoral level and to conduct research.
- A written statement of your professional goals and topic of research interest.
- A writing sample of 750-1,500 words.
- Official results showing a minimum score of 550 (written), 213 (computer), or 79 (Internet) on the TOEFL examination, if your first language is not English.
- Personal interviews may be required for any candidates as determined by the admissions committee and can be conducted via electronic means, if necessary.
Prepare to Teach in 21st-Century Higher Education
Contact a Gwynedd Mercy University admissions counselor now to learn more about our innovative online Ed.D. in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and how we can help you join the next generation of higher education instructors!