Universities.com: New Ed.D from Michigan State University

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The differences between the Ed.D. and Ph.D. in Education are often unknown, so colleges and universities such as Michigan State University are restructuring their curriculums to better distinguish the two degrees.

Michigan State University has become part of the resurgence of Ed.D. programs with its decision to offer a three-year Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership in the fall of 2013. The new program will help Michigan train a new generation of advanced system-level administrators.

The Ed.D. was first introduced by Harvard University in 1920. Harvard is in the process of replacing the Ed.D. with a Ph.D. to strengthen the school’s relationships to other parts of the university, but the Ed.D. has still become a national trend as The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate continues to redesign the degree to make it stronger and more relevant in order to distinguish itself from the Ph.D.

According to Michigan State’s website, its Ed.D will be shorter and more structured than the traditional Ph.D., following a separate design on civic engagement and practical applications. Courses will cover core knowledge of leadership for school operations, finance, curriculum, instruction, and data analysis, and instead of writing dissertations, students will work on group capstone projects intended to address a significant problem facing Michigan schools and communities.

About Michigan State University:

MSU has been preparing educators for over 100 years. The College of Education continues to improve education in our global society through a three-part mission: leadership, scholarship, and service.

About Universities.com:

Universities.com has a simple mission: to connect people with the information they need to make the best decision about which colleges and universities are the best fit for their educational needs. Since 1995, over 30 million potential students have used Universities.com to find information about online universities and schools. With a wide variety of colleges online and worldwide included in the company's database, the right school is just a click away!

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