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Graduate Catalog | 2015-2016 
Graduate Catalog | 2015-2016 Previous Edition

Adult and Community College Education, Ed.D.

North Carolina State University offers a doctorate in Adult and Community College Education through the Graduate Center at UNC Charlotte. The degree is in higher education administration and is designed to foster scholarly practitioners to develop innovative leadership in administration and instruction. It is taught on the UNC Charlotte’s main campus by NC State faculty in an executive weekend cohort model. The program offers access to both resources of Charlotte metro area and the convenience of UNC Charlotte campus.

The Charlotte Cohort’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Adult and Community College Education degree is designed to prepare practitioners for leadership and teaching positions in their work with educating adults. The focus is on the study and practice of teaching, learning, leading, and education-planning for individuals, groups, and society. The cohort meets on the main campus of UNC Charlotte and provides a unique opportunity for working professionals to complete a doctoral program.

Program Structure

Doctoral students are admitted as a cohort in four-year intervals. Cohort members enroll in a set curriculum and participate in 3½ years of coursework. Students participate in 6 credit hours of coursework each Fall and Spring semester, as well as up to one course each Summer session. Courses meet on Friday evenings and Saturdays throughout the semester. Courses are taught face-to-face, online, and in a hybrid format.

At the point of dissertation development, each student has a specific NC State faculty member who guides the student in the development, research effort, and defense of the dissertation.


Applicants must apply through the NC State Graduate School Admissions website. The following steps are required:

  1. Complete the online admissions form, including a personal statement of goals for seeking a doctoral programs and participation in this executive cohort program.
  2. Submit a transcript from all previous undergraduate and master’s coursework.
  3. Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, taken within the last five years.
  4. Submit a résumé and three references.
  5. Complete the online North Carolina Residency Form if claiming NC residence for tuition  purposes.

Complete discussion of admissions procedures are noted on the Department of Adult and Higher Education at NC State’s admissions website at http://ahecohort.ncsu.edu/apply.

Admissions questions should be directed to Dr. James E. Bartlett at james_bartlett@ncsu.edu.  Admissions process questions should be directed to Shana Scott, Graduate Services Coordinator, at shana_scott@ncsu.edu or 919-515-6238. 

Program Requirements

This is a tentative listing for the 2013-2016 Charlotte Cohort, subject to change based upon availability of faculty and of related needs of the cohort program.

Foundations - Core (15 credit hours)

  • EAC 711 - Reflective Practices in Adult and Community College Education (3)
  • EAC 710 - Adult Education: History, Philosophy, Contemporary Nature (3)
  • EAC 759 - Adult Learning Theory (3)
  • EAC 703 - Programming Process in Adult & Higher Education (3)
  • EAC 712 - The Change Process in Adult Education (3)

Specialization and Interdisciplinary (21 credit hours)

  • EAC 701 - Administrative Concepts and Theories (3)
  • EAC 704 - Leadership in Higher Education (3)
  • EAC 778 - Community College and Two Year Postsecondary (3)
  • EAC 787 - Organizational Theories and Concepts in Higher Education (3)
  • EAC 795 - Special Topic: Workforce Education and Development (3)
  • EAC 778 or EAC 749 - Higher Education Law or Finance (3)
  • EAC xxx - Interdisciplinary course (3) (to be determined)

Research Inquiry (12 credit hours)

  • ST 507 - Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences I (3)


Students will select either the qualitative or the quantitative tract of three courses for nine hours of coursework.

Dissertation (12 credit hours)

Preliminary Examination (3 credit hours)