Program Overview

The Doctorate of Education in higher education (two-year college leadership concentration) will prepare individuals for administrative careers in two-year college institutions.

The 63-hour program provides current professionals in the community college setting the necessary skills to make a positive leadership difference. The curriculum is 100% online and focuses on issues such as administrative philosophies, challenges, and governance of community colleges. The program also explores the knowledge of higher education as a field of study, as well as theory, practice, and scholarship.

Required Courses (21-27 hours)

All students within this program are required to complete 9 hours of Higher Education (“HIED”) Core, 12 hours of Research Core, 27 hours of Specialization requirements, and 15 hours of Dissertation minimum for a total of 63 hours.
An additional 6 hours may be required depending on the hours completed in the individual’s master’s program. (See “Graduation Requirements” for more details.)

community college

HIED Core

Choose 9 hours

Note: If you have no prior work experience in higher education, you will be required to complete HIED 7300 in addition to your other coursework.

community college

Prerequisite: HIED 8300 or consent of instructor. Development, evolution of higher education as a dynamic social, political institution; emphasis on past philosophies, assumptions that undergird diverse colleges, univers...

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HIED 8301 History and Philosophy of Higher Education

3 credit hours

community college

Prerequisite: graduate status. A study of the leadership theories dominant in literature since World War II with the purpose of connecting theory with both higher education administration practice and faculty development...

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HIED 8345 Leadership Theory in Higher Education

3 credit hours

community college

Prerequisite: consent of instructor, student’s doctoral chair. (Open only to doctoral students.) Formulation of topic for dissertation research; development of dissertation prospectus in form satisfactory to student’...

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HIED 8399 Dissertation Seminar

3 credit hours

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Research Core

Choose 12 hours

Note: If you did not complete a research course in your master's program, you will be required to complete EDFN 7303 prior or enrolling in EDFN 7304.

community college

Introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics used in education and data-driven decision making. Topics include commonly used descriptive statistics, exploratory data analysis, standardized scores, inferential r...

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EDFN 7304 Basic Statistics

3 credit hours

community college

Prerequisite: EDFN 7304. A second course in statistics that covers the more complex analyses used in education and data- driven decision making. Topics include simple and multiple linear regression, one- and two-factor f...

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EDFN 8305 Intermediate Statistics

3 credit hours

community college

Prerequisites: EDFN 7303, EDFN 7304. A second course in quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research designs commonly used in education. Topics include the philosophy of science, research problems, control proced...

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EDFN 8306 Advanced Educational Research

3 credit hours

community college

Prerequisite: EDFN 7303. This course has primarily a twofold purpose: to expose students to the knowledge base, tradition, and theory of qualitative research. While introductory in nature, this course allows students to ...

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EDFN 7373 Qualitative Research Methods

3 credit hours

Program Concentration Courses (42 hours)

Must complete all courses listed, 2 electives, and a minimum of 15 dissertation hours.

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Area of Specialization

Choose 27 hours

Must complete all courses listed plus 2 electives.

community college

This course consists of an overview of the two-year college. Topics include the history and philosophy of the two-year college movement, students, curriculum, state and local campus governance, teaching, student personne...

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HIED 8320 The Two-Year College in America

3 credit hours

community college

Prerequisite: graduate status. Examination of the organizational patterns of and management practices within two-year colleges. Topics include; leadership, organizational theories, and relations with external agencies; t...

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HIED 8321 Organization and Administration of Two Year Colleges

3 credit hours

community college

Prerequisite: graduate status. Examines current issues facing the contemporary two- year college and the challenges that these issues present to two-year college leaders. Focuses attention on the analysis of an issue, th...

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HIED 8322 Issues and Challenges in Two Year College Leadership

3 credit hours

community college

Prerequisite: graduate status. Management, leadership, administration of higher education institutions; literature about the administration of higher learning; may focus individual study on two- or four-year public or pr...

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HIED 8340 Organizational Behavior in Higher & Post-Secondary Education

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: EDFN 8306 and EDFN 7373. Processes, policies, and issues in higher education funding; funding sources and use, revenue and expenditure categories; budget priorities, development and analysis, and financial ...

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HIED 8341 Financing of Colleges and Universities

3 credit hours

community college

Prerequisite: EDFN 8306 and EDFN 7373. Shared governance, roles, and authorities of internal and external governance participants; policy analysis and development, policy making for higher education at the institutional,...

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HIED 8342 Governance and Policy Making in Higher Education

3 credit hours

community college

Prerequisite: graduate status. Legal rights, responsibilities of faculty, students, staff, administrators, governing board members.

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HIED 8343 Legal Aspects of Higher Education

3 credit hours

community college

Dissertation

Choose 15 hours

HIED 9X99 Dissertation (a minimum of 15 semester hours required)

Program Details

Admission Requirements

Admission is based upon a total profile of the applicant’s educational and professional background. It is expected that applicants have professional work experience. GRE requirements reflect the 2013-2014 GRE Guide to the Use of Scores.

Unconditional admission requirements include the following:
• Application for admission to the UALR Graduate School;
• Master’s degree or equivalent in a related field from a regionally accredited institution, original transcripts required;
• Cumulative Master’s degree GPA of 3.5 and GRE scores of 450 (old GRE score)/153 (new GRE score) on the Verbal and 450 (old GRE score)/144 (new GRE score) on the Quantitative sections of the exam, and an Analytical Writing score of 4.0;
• Three years of successful professional experience, or equivalent, in an area related to the degree program;
• College of Education Biographical Data Form;
• Interview with and approval of the Higher Education faculty.

Read more about admission requirements for this program. (PDF)
Read more about the UALR Graduate School’s admissions process here.

Graduation Requirements

The Doctorate of Education in higher education (two-year college leadership concentration) is a 63-69-hour online degree program (post-master’s) that includes 21 core hours, 27 specialization area hours, 15 dissertation hours, and a comprehensive examination as well as fulfillment of the College of Education residency requirement.
An additional 6 hours may be required depending on the hours completed in the individual’s master’s program.

• If you have no prior work experience in higher education, you will be required to complete HIED 7300 in addition to your other coursework.
• If you did not complete a research course in your master’s program, you will be required to complete EDFN 7303 prior or enrolling in EDFN 7304.

Graduation requirements:
• Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on an approved program of study as outlined in the Plan of Study
• Successfully passing the comprehensive examinations
• Successful completion and oral defense of an acceptable dissertation

Program Advisor

Dr. John Kuykendall | 501.569.3267 | jakuykendall@ualr.edu
Department of Educational Leadership Program Interim Chair

Accreditation

The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board Existing Program Review Policy adopted in October 2008 requires the review of all academic programs every seven years. A major component of the policy is an internal review (self-study) by institutions and an external review by consultants of programs that do not have program-specific accreditation/licensure/certification. The institution’s self-study, consultants’ written evaluation, and the institution’s response to the consultants’ findings will be submitted to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. The UALR higher education program has been approved until 2020. See: UALR Self Study Report

UALR is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, affiliated with the Electronic Campus of the Southern Regional Education Board, and designated as “doctoral/research intensive” by the Carnegie Foundation.

Disabilities

UALR makes every effort to meet special accommodation and access needs. For information on specific accommodations for individuals with disabilities, you may contact the department sponsoring the class you wish to attend, call eLearning at 501.569.3003, or the Office of Disability Support Services at 501.569.3143. The Disability Support Services website, ualr.edu/disability/, provides information about the accommodation process and online forms to apply for services.

  • Cost per credit hour: $383