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Lee to Offer Doctorate in Education Fall 2020

The Lee University Helen DeVos College of Education (HDCOE) will introduce a new doctoral program, the Educational Doctorate (EdD) in Professional Practice, beginning fall 2020.

“We have been preparing teachers for the last 50 years and graduate students for the last 20. We are now ready to take the final step,” said Dr. Bill Estes, dean of the HDCOE. “The EdD in professional practice will prepare the candidate to bring both theory and praxis into their specific area of education.”

The program was developed by the Lee education faculty along with Local Education Agency (LEA) partners to give candidates the skills and dispositions to impact education administration, policy, and instruction. This includes understanding the nature of change, the relational aspects of administration, and the leading of an organization constantly in flux. Analytical data skills and current assessment techniques will be foundational to the degree.

The EdD is seen as the final degree level offered in the HDCOE. “It is a logical extension of our Educational Specialist degree,” said Estes. The program targets currently employed educators in local education agencies, pre-K through higher education.

The EdD will include 60 credit hours and all necessary steps for gaining licensures during the program. The instructional delivery will be exclusively through the traditional classroom setting with certain clinical requirements conducted in Local Education Agencies and other educational environments off-site.

Approval for this program was given by the Southern Association of Commission on Colleges.

Informational meetings will take place through “Zoom” on Thursday, April 30, at 5 p.m., and Friday, May 1, at 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.

For more information or to apply, visit EdD program or contact Crystal Randolph, coordinator of graduate studies in education, at crandolph@leeuniversity.edu or (423) 614-8544.
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