Meeting the Needs of Working Professionals

Students in the program represent the diversity of professional backgrounds associated with the interdisciplinary components of the career and workforce education continuum. This is the new generation of professionals in the field who are getting prepared for careers  in academia as well as for leadership roles in K-12 education systems, community colleges, community organizations, government, and in the private sector.

Cohort Approach
Following a cohort approach to program participation, graduate students enter programs and take core courses as a group to promote a sense of community through shared understandings. Upon program reactivation in 2006, doctoral students are admitted every two years. Master’s degree seeking students are admitted annually and are expected to complete the program in two years.

Part-Time Study
The majority of doctoral students are full-time working professionals in K-12 education, community colleges, university settings, and the private sector seeking professional growth through part-time studies.

Small Learning Groups
To ensure faculty support, only 10-12 students are admitted in doctoral cohorts, while up to 20 students are admitted in master’s degree cohorts.