Program Details

Doctor of Education in Teaching and Learning with an Emphasis in Adult Learning

Offered By: College of Doctoral Studies
Next Start Date:
Program Now Enrolling
Total Program Credits & Course Length:
Total Program Credits: 60
Online: 8 weeks [More Info]
Transfer Credits:
Up to 9 credits
Program Tuition Rate:
Online: $640 per credit. [More Info]

Overview

Produce Research and Teach as an Educational Leader

Grand Canyon University’s Doctor of Education (EdD) in Teaching and Learning with an Emphasis in Adult Learning degree is designed for learners interested in andragogy scholarship and teaching master’s and doctoral programs to other educators. Students will learn to excel in teaching with the advanced ability to study industry trends, implement new effective teaching strategies based on original research and apply findings to foster greater classroom success at the collegiate and adult levels.

With a history of cultivating highly qualified teachers and academic excellence for the state of Arizona and beyond, GCU is committed to staying above the curve in the field of education. This doctorate in adult education program ensures graduates are equipped to meet the educational need for advanced research-based strategies that guide greater instruction at colleges and universities, leading to learning improvements for adult students with higher education.

Throughout your doctoral journey, you will discover how to demonstrate your God-given purpose by learning to create, advance and disseminate new knowledge in the field of education. Then you will prepare to apply that deepened knowledge as a practitioner and expert at a higher education institution. This EdD degree program provides the readiness for practicing teachers to teach other master’s-level educators, as well as professionals who specialize in an area, such as business, and wish to instruct in their specialty.

Degree Outcomes

Lead in Learning Environments

After studying trends in leadership throughout the program, you will graduate with the skills and knowledge to conduct original research as a leader with a focus on adult students. At this stage in your career, you may generate new knowledge and responsibly apply this knowledge to achieve positive educational outcomes. These outcomes may include mentorship, coaching and collaboration from the perspective of our Christian worldview within the context of discipline and vocation.

What You Will Learn

Gain the Skills to Conduct and Apply Educational Research

Grow at the doctoral level and advance your master’s experience in this doctorate in adult learning degree program with a significant Christian, faith-based component. Then as you move on to earn your EdD and develop leadership skills at the top, you will learn to:

  • Explore practical foundations of education that impact the internal and external environment
  • Examine theories that underpin current educational practice
  • Reflect critically on existing theory in child and adult teaching and learning
  • Conceptualize philosophy from its theoretical foundation
  • Develop academic and research expertise through conducting research methodology

Career Outcomes

Extend Your Expertise to Drive Student Success

Upon earning your EdD in Teaching and Learning with an Emphasis in Adult Learning degree, you will have the preparation necessary to educate at junior colleges, colleges and universities, as well as professional, technical and trade schools. Students with specific content knowledge may potentially instruct at business schools or pursue a career in computer and management training.

Course List

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Major:
60 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
60 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course introduces students to the principal elements of research and scholarly writing. Learners explore approaches to synthesizing literature and the application of the major components of APA form and style, and learn to coordinate literature searches. Furthermore, they learn how to discern principal arguments, analyze research questions, and clearly identify the key scholarly attributes to journal articles and other sources of scholarly data. This course also introduces learners to the University’s overarching values and beliefs regarding research and the responsibility scholars have in continuing a tradition of contributing to an ever-growing body of knowledge.

Course Description

The course presents a foundation of historic and philosophic ideas in teaching and learning. Learners are encouraged to consider the connections between history, philosophy, teaching, and learning as well as the influence of these concepts on the development of a personal philosophy of teaching and learning.

Course Description

The course provides a chronological overview of learning theories and their common applications. Connections between theory and philosophy of teaching and learning are explored.

Course Description

This course provides a broad overview of foundational elements for conducting independent, original research. Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed research methods are introduced and applied. The template for developing a research prospectus is also introduced, with emphasis on identifying a researchable topic related to the learners’ degree specialization. Prerequisite: RES-811.

Course Description

The course presents theories and models of adult learning for consideration. Potential applications of the theories and models are discussed as are current trends in adult learning.

Course Description

This course connects key concepts in worldview to adult learning. Learners are encouraged to synthesize worldview and adult learning concepts as they move toward the development or refinement of a personal worldview.

Course Description

This residency allows students to begin developing their skills as academic researchers. Residency sessions address topics such as research question development, design, item generation, subscale development and analysis, and basic hypothesis testing. Students have hands-on experience with quantitative and qualitative analysis software.

Course Description

This course is designed to train learners in the conduct of a systematic literature review related to their research topic. Emphasis is placed on creating structure for reading, analyzing, synthesizing, and organizing prior research necessary for drafting the first iteration (draft) of Chapter 2 of the dissertation. Learners use the research prospectus template to guide the development of their Chapter 2. Prerequisite: RES-850 or MGT-810 or RES-825.

Course Description

The course explores the connections between cognitive coaching, critical inquiry, and reflective practice. Tools for cognitive coaching and their applications are also discussed.

Course Description

The course outlines the process of transformational learning and discusses its application to adult learning. The notions of practitioners as transformational catalysts and the influence of transformation learning on adult learning design are also addressed.

Course Description

This course provides learners with an overview of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches with emphasis on conceptual and practical aspects of data collection, management, and analysis. Learners use their research prospectus to align the research question(s) and variables of interest with the appropriate data collection and analytical techniques. Prerequisite: RES-861.

Course Description

This course addresses the current mindset surrounding the notion of collaboration and proposes a paradigm shift to a mindset that redefines collaboration and integrates it with coaching and mentoring. The course includes a discussion of strategies employed by coaches/mentors to support leadership and ensure a positive organizational culture.

Course Description

The course addresses the challenges to teaching and learning inherent in a global environment of perpetual change and frequent innovation. Connections to philosophy of teaching and learning are explored.

Course Description

This residency prepares students to present their scholarly work and to thoughtfully critique the work of others. Students orally present papers developed in their own classes and respond to questions from colleagues. Students are further prepared to become active members in academic communities by learning how to review papers and provide comments.

Course Description

Learners complete a cogent research prospectus as the foundation for their dissertation research proposal. Emphasis is placed on fully articulating a study design and methodology that is aligned with the research questions and developing the first iteration (draft) of Chapter 3 of the dissertation. Prerequisite: RES-855 or RES-866.

Course Description

The course considers the application of adult learning theory and philosophy of adult learning as they lead to solutions for enhanced teaching and learning. Connections between theory and practice are highlighted.

Course Description

In this course, learners formalize their research proposal specific to their topic. Emphasis is placed on fully developing Chapter 1 and incorporating Chapters 2 and 3 (drafts) from previous research courses. This proposal becomes the first three chapters of the dissertation upon approval of the final draft by the College of Doctoral Studies. Prerequisite: RES-880.

Course Description

This course provides learners with individualized support in their dissertation journey. Learners work directly with their dissertation chair and committee members to continue their research endeavors as aligned with their individual progress plan. Prerequisite: TLC-885.

Course Description

This course continues to provide learners with individualized support in their dissertation journey. Learners work directly with their dissertation chair and committee members to continue their research endeavors as aligned with their individual progress plan. Prerequisite: TLC-955.

Course Description

This course continues to provide learners with individualized support in their dissertation journey. Learners work directly with their dissertation chair and committee members to continue their research endeavors as aligned with their individual progress plan. Prerequisite: TLC-960.

Program Locations

Online

Online

Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.

* The Department of Education defines how an institution must calculate a program's On-Time Completion rate for federal disclosure purposes. The On-Time Completion rate is based on a program’s published required number of months to complete all degree requirements as provided in the institution’s catalog. Completion statistics are updated every January and are based on the cohort of students who graduated between 7/1 – 6/30 of the preceding year. The On-Time Completion rate is determined by the number of students in the cohort who completed the program within the published program length divided by the number of students in the cohort who graduated.

Additional Disclosures

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.