Texas Tech Offers Online Education Doctorate in Higher Education

The new online degree is unique to Texas public universities and is one of a kind.

Written by Michele Moskos

Texas Tech's College of Education will offer an online Education Doctorate in Higher Education with  a concentration in community college administration.

Texas Tech's College of Education will offer an online Education Doctorate in Higher Education with a concentration in community college administration.

Beginning in spring 2011, Texas Tech's College of Education will offer an online Education Doctorate in Higher Education with a concentration in community college administration.

This groundbreaking degree program is unique to Texas public universities because it is the only program of its kind to be offered predominantly online.

The coursework required to complete the 96 credit-hour degree program is offered during the span of five years, with spring 2011 being the first opportunity to begin classes. The second will not begin until fall 2012.

"Texas community colleges are in need of highly trained professionals to fulfill leadership roles," said Stephanie Jones, assistant professor and a coordinator for the program. "This degree program will change lives, enhance careers and strengthen Texas community colleges because it affords professionals the opportunity to pursue an education and career simultaneously."

The majority of the coursework is available online, but students are required to attend an annual on-campus meeting during the Summer I session for each of the first three years of the program.

Applicants are required to hold a bachelor's degree, a master's degree and have at least five years of experience in higher education. Preference will be shown to applicants who are currently employed full-time at a community college and plan to serve in the state of Texas.

Interested individuals can learn more about the program including: additional admission criteria and required application step. Students are encouraged to apply before Nov. 1, 2010.

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College of Education

The College of Education at Texas Tech University offers a full range of programs, including 9 doctoral degrees, 10 master's degrees, two bachelor's degrees and numerous specializations which can lead to careers in public or private education as teachers, professors, administrators, counselors and diagnosticians.

Programs in the college are housed in three departments.

The Department of Curriculum & Instruction offers advanced degrees that prepare leaders, researchers, and professors with the knowledge, skills, and practical application experience needed to analyze, construct, and evaluate curricula in ways that create optimal learning conditions for all learners. Language and literacy, bilingual education and STEM education are just a few of the specializations offered by C&I.

The Department of Educational Psychology & Leadership consists of a diverse group of academic programs that equip students with a comprehensive knowledge of learning, motivation, development, and educational foundations. The disciplines of counseling and school psychology are housed within the EP&L department as are programs to prepare future college administrators, primary and secondary school and district leaders, as well as practical and academic educational psychologists.

The Department of Teacher Education focuses solely on teacher preparation, ensuring that teacher candidates are ready for the classroom on day one. The Teacher Education Department is home to TechTeach, an innovative teacher preparation program that puts teacher candidates into public school classrooms for a full year and requires that students pass teacher certification tests prior to entering the classroom. Various paths to teaching careers, including fast-track distance programs statewide and alternative certification options, are also housed in this department.

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