Keiser University

Adult Education, PhD

Keiser University

This program is available in the following campuses:

Graduate School

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Adult Education prepares graduates to engage communities by using democratic principles and best educational practices to focus on the development of adults. Adult education extends through the life span from late adolescence to advanced age and takes place in a rich diversity of organizational as well as formal and informal settings. The program is designed to engage the learning styles of adults to provide a shared community for critical thinking and problem solving.

Program Objectives

Keiser University’s PhD in Adult Education program provides the knowledge and skills of adult learning and training strategies to effectively communicate a vision of educational excellence in the learning community. Graduates reflect on present and past practices to analyze complex issues and to evaluate potential solutions. Upon completion of this program, students are able to:

  • Apply adult learning theory and ethical, reflective decision-making to teach within educational institutions.
  • Evaluate and apply best practices in instruction using effective teaching practices, emerging technologies, and assessment technologies to achieve optimal educational outcomes.
  • Create a shared vision of a learning culture by understanding and responding to the political, social, economic, legal, and cultural environment.
  • Respond to diverse communities of interest to create a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.
  • Continue to renew and develop expertise in the field of adult education demonstrated by effective written, spoken, and digital communication.
  • Advance the body of knowledge through relevant, reflective, action-oriented research and scholarship.
  • Demonstrate professional communication skills in writing through organizing, thinking critically, and communicating ideas and information in documents, presentations, and publications

Prerequisites for Major Courses

  • Master degree from an accredited institution.

NOTE: Courses in the PhD program are eight-weeks in length and students are scheduled for one or two courses concurrently. Dissertation courses are eight-weeks in length and students are scheduled for two dissertation course per semester.

Program Outline

To receive a Doctor of Philosophy in Adult Education degree, students must earn 60 graduate semester credit hours. Fifty-four of the program hours must be completed through Keiser University. Program requirements are as follows:

Doctor of Philosophy in Adult Education Major Core Courses (60 credit hours)
Foundational Courses (15.0 credit hours)
Ethical and Legal Issues in Education/Leadership 3.0 credit hours
Policy, Politics, and Community Relations (program prerequisite course) 3.0 credit hours
Curriculum Design 3.0 credit hours
Classroom Management 3.0 credit hours
Leading Technology Innovation 3.0 credit hours
Curriculum and Instruction Core Courses (18.0 credit hours)
Differentiated Instruction 3.0 credit hours
Curriculum: Advanced Theory and Research 3.0 credit hours
Instruction: Advanced Theory and Research 3.0 credit hours
Assessment for Student Learning 3.0 credit hours
Curriculum and Instruction for Professional Development 3.0 credit hours
Instructional Design Theory 3.0 credit hours
Research Courses (15.0 credit hours)
Quantitative Research I 3.0 credit hours
Quantitative Research II 3.0 credit hours
Qualitative Research 3.0 credit hours
Mixed Methods 3.0 credit hours
Advanced Research: Pre-Proposal and Literature Review 3.0 credit hours
Dissertation Courses (12.0 credit hours)
Dissertation 3.0 credit hours
Residency Requirement
Doctor of Philosophy Residency 3.0 credit hours
Doctor of Philosophy Residency Two 3.0 credit hours

Faculty

  • Dr. Sue Adragna, Chair–Educational Leadership, Adult Education, Curriculum Instruction
  • Dr. Kelly Gatewood, Chair–Instructional Design and Technology
  • Dr. Andrea Thompson
  • Dr. Jessica Fuda-Daddio
  • Dr. Michelle Bridgewater
  • Dr. Terri Bubb
  • Dr. Cynthia Glenn
  • Dr. Larry Pace
  • Dr. Theresa Rouse
  • Dr. Kelly Schwirzke
  • Dr. Stephanie VanDeVenter
  • Dr. Ashlee Wood
  • Dr. Jackie Booth, Chair of the Master of Science in Education
  • Dr. Richard Dietzel
  • Dr. Jim Hutton
  • Dr. Brian Keintz
  • Dr. Andrew Kirschner
  • Dr. Salla Lozada
  • Dr. Manuel Rosa
  • Dr. Steve Roth
  • Dr. Dianna Martin

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