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Overview

The EdD in Workforce Education prepares you for leadership, university teaching, and other roles in career and technical education. This program of study is suited for practitioners who want to move into a leadership role in an educational setting. This program involves doctoral research, but is geared toward a practitioner focus.

We offer this program in two locations: Athens or Griffin.

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Select an area of emphasis:

Traditional

The traditional EdD option takes place at our Athens campus and features a face-to-face instructional format. You will delve into topics that cover workplace issues, such as diversity and policy issues, while also covering curriculum-based topics for diverse populations.

Highlights

  1. No. 2 in the nation as ranked by U.S. News & World Report
  2. Award-winning faculty with diverse professional and scholarly experiences
  3. Traditional EdD enrolls students each fall
  4. Practitioner EdD enrolls 20 students each year on a two-year cycle

Faculty and Curriculum

The College of Education offers two options for you to pursue your interest in workforce education: a traditional face-to-face instructional model and a blended instruction model that uses both face-to-face and online courses.

Your coursework includes:

  • Workforce issues and policy development
  • Diversity in the workforce
  • Leadership and career education
  • Community-based education
  • Learners with special needs
  • International education
  • Assessing and enhancing student learning
  • Curricula development

The typical program of study requires 48 semester hours of coursework beyond the master's degree. This includes a minimum of:

  • 6 hours of core courses and 6 hours of electives
  • 15 hours of research
  • 9 hours in an area of interest related to career and technical education
  • 12 hours of dissertation coursework

Both program options require a minimum of three years of study beyond the master's degree. You cannot secure this experience through summer work alone.

Both the traditional and practitioner options provide you with the chance to engage with and learn from leaders in the field of workforce education. Our faculty draws from strong academic and professional backgrounds as well as established research and scholarship experience.

You will immerse yourself in five areas of coursework:

  • Core courses, which focus on issues, policy, and leadership development
  • Elective courses, which you may choose based on your interests and professional goals
  • Educational research courses focused on statistical methods, analysis, design, and methodology
  • Functional minor courses to allow in-depth, multi-disciplinary study in an area of interest
  • Dissertation coursework, including research and dissertation preparation

Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Meet Your Advisor

Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.

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Student Life

Both the traditional and practitioner options provide you with the chance to engage with and learn from leaders in the field of workforce education. Our faculty draws from strong academic and professional backgrounds as well as established research and scholarship experience.

The practitioner option also features a cohort approach to learning. With a small group size of twenty students, you will have the opportunity to build strong professional and personal relationships with other graduate students.

The EdD in Workforce Education program offers courses in the late afternoons and evenings. This provides you an opportunity for continued employment while you pursue the degree. You may take courses during the summer session and online.

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Admissions

Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia

Requirements

  1. Submit an online application to the Graduate School
  2. Test scores (depending on your program)
  3. Unofficial transcripts (native language and English for international applicants)
  4. Three letters of recommendation

Part 2: Apply to this program

Requirements

The program faculty may request additional materials from applicants. As you complete your application for the UGA Graduate School, you will be able to attach the following documents:

  1. Curriculum vita (CV) or resume
  2. Statement of purpose (short essay)
  3. Official transcripts
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