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Nursing Education Specialization Doctor of Philosophy in Education

School of Education


Total program credits needed for graduation: 92

One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-week break between each quarter.

Core Courses

22 Required Courses, 80 quarter credits

EDD8000 Advanced Studies in Education: Theory, Practice, and Purpose 4 quarter credits
ED8112 Educational Research Methods 4 quarter credits
ED8102* Introduction to Qualitative Research 4 quarter credits
ED8132* Educational Quantitative Research 1 4 quarter credits
ED7311 Theory and Methods of Educating Adults 4 quarter credits
ED7590 Critical Thinking in Adult Education 4 quarter credits

Specialization Courses

ED7314 International and Multicultural Perspectives in Postsecondary and Adult Education 4 quarter credits
ED7712 Classroom Assessment in Education 4 quarter credits
ED7310 Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Educational Process 4 quarter credits
ED8350 Advanced Nursing Theory and Concepts 4 quarter credits
ED8355 Curriculum Design and Evaluation in Nursing Education 4 quarter credits
ED8360 The Nurse Educator: Faculty Roles and Responsibilities 4 quarter credits
ED8365 Teaching Strategies in Nursing Education 4 quarter credits
ED8370 Nursing Leadership and Professional Practice 4 quarter credits

Elective Courses

12 quarter credits

Choose 3 elective courses.

Recommended elective courses:

ED7212 Administration and Leadership of Distance Education Programs 4 quarter credits
ED7716 Faculty Leadership 4 quarter credits
ED7818 The Future of Teaching and Learning: Issues for the Educational Leader 4 quarter credits


Choose any graduate course(s).

Dissertation Research Seminars

9 quarter credits

ED-R8925 PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 1 3 quarter credits
ED-R8926* PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 2 3 quarter credits
ED-R8927* PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 3 3 quarter credits

Comprehensive Exam

3 quarter credits

Upon completion of required coursework:

EDCN9919* Doctoral Comprehensive Examination 3 quarter credits


12 quarter credits

Learners must register for EDCN9960 a minimum of four times to fulfill their Specialization requirements.

EDCN9960* Dissertation Courseroom 3 quarter credits each

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

Residency Requirement

To support your academic and professional success, residencies provide learning and community-building experiences in a stimulating scholarly environment. For this specialization, you must complete three four-day residencies (ED-R8925, ED-R8926, ED-R8927).

What Can I Expect?

Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which can help save time and money. You can transfer up to 16 credits into this specialization.

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