Executive Ed. D. members pictured above are Dr. Steven Busch (Program Co-Chair), Perri Segura and Paige Evans (doctoral students), Dr. Laveria Hutchison (CUIN Department Chair) and Dr. Angus MacNeil (Program Co-Chair).
Teachers and administrators who have first-hand experience with educational problems are the best suited and motivated people to find solutions. Despite this great potential, these professionals are often unable to seek the education that would help them develop the skills and knowledge necessary to transform education because they are busy working long hours in the field. UH has an answer to this dilemma. The new Executive Education Doctorate (Ed.D.) has been created to provide tailored, relevant learning experiences that address real-world problems and give students opportunities to apply what they have learned in the local community.
“The problems that each cohort of students will address will depend on demand, but we're looking at problems like the drop-out rate, flagging math scores and the challenges of multicultural education,” said Assistant Professor Steven Busch. An advisory board that includes area superintendents provides the program guidance to assure that curriculum remains relevant.
Students employed in the field will also inform the program’s content. They bring expertise from positions in the community to the classroom, and students complete a practical internship or Laboratory of Practice to integrate their work experiences with their coursework. To balance student work schedules, the program employs intercessions, hybrid courses, weekend courses, online courses, and internships. The intensive and streamlined learning experience means that qualified applicants may complete the new Ed.D. program in as little as two years.
While students will bring expertise from working in the local community, the program will offer an international trip to allow students to observe in-person the practices of diverse educational systems. The new program already has a plan to visit China underway.
After graduation, students will be prepared for diverse leadership positions. Students who complete this program may opt to complete principal or superintendent certification, but many will opt to work in a wide range of other positions. The variety of leadership opportunities available to graduates reflects the complexity of the current field of Education.
The design of this program was informed by the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED).