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Doctor of Education in Adult and Community College Education


The Doctor of Education in Adult and Community College Education is offered in an executive format, meeting on weekends in the Charlotte area, through face to face, blended (online and face-to-face), and a few completely online courses. The program enhances the professional practice of those who serve adult learners, whether in community colleges or other institutions of higher education, or in various leadership roles in human resource education, organizational learning, training and development, continuing education, cooperative extension, patient education, staff development, religious education, community education, or workforce development.

Dr. James E. Bartlett II,
Charlotte Cohort Director
Phone: 919-208-1697
Delivery Method: Face-to-face
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Career prospects
(What can I do with this program of study?)

This program is for working professionals who are seeking leadership positions in a community college, higher education organization, human resource development positions in business and industry, or positions as faculty member, workforce development professional, or consultant. Current participants in the program represent professionals in a broad spectrum of roles including administration, instruction, and service efforts in community colleges and four year college and university settings. Many people in the current cohort have advanced in their career even before graduation to positions such as Executive Vice-President, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Activities, and Dean of Admissions. Some people in the current cohort are in public and private secondary and post-secondary education, career and technical education, community colleges, and four year universities.

Admissions requirements
(Is this the program for me? How do I apply?)

Applicants for the program must have:

  • Master's degree
  • GRE
  • Resume
  • Three letters of reference

Plan of study
(How much time will it take?)

Meets on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year. Admitted doctoral students enroll in a set curriculum and participate in three and a half years of course work. New cohorts are admitted at three-year intervals.

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