Ed.D Rural Education

Gain a deeper understanding of the unique challenges and issues in rural education.

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Program Detail

Next Start Date

October 21

Est. Program Length

3-4 years

Credit Hours

60-66

Course Length

8 weeks

Cost Per Credit

$630

Degree Overview

Gain a deeper understanding of the unique challenges and issues in rural education.

Earn a forward-thinking degree that addresses the needs of rural students and school districts with our online doctorate of education in rural education. This program is the first of its kind in the nation and features relevant courses focused on critical issues related to rural education, as well as strategies and solutions for positive development. With a curriculum created in conjunction with partnership schools and expert superintendents, this degree features advanced coursework delivered in a flexible online format. In addition to those with Master’s degrees in higher education, the Ed.D. in Rural Education is also open to MBA graduates, community leaders and non-profit community organizers.

You will learn from expert faculty with strong roots in rural education and explore the data that drives instructional decisions, identifying real solutions to rural education challenges and creating a dissertation based on rural education needs.

This program also features two concentration tracks so that you can specialize your education to fit your specific career goals. The Teaching and Learning concentration is designed to provide key skill development for teacher leaders in a variety of settings, while the Organizational Change and Leadership track is ideal for instructional leaders, program directors and other education experts who are ready to drive innovation in rural education.

Who is this degree for?

  • Education specialists who are looking for career advancement through additional certification
  • Education professionals who want to transition into strategic and leadership roles
  • Educators who are passionate about the issues facing rural districts and students
Program Detail

Next Start Date

October 21

Est. Program Length

3-4 years

Credit Hours

60-66

Course Length

8 weeks

Cost Per Credit

$630

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Course Details

Total Hours: 60-66

Program Completion Requirements

The educator candidate shall maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.25 or better in all courses in the approved program as verified on an official transcript with no grade below ‘C.’

All candidates must also complete a dissertation on the rural education topic of their choosing. Dissertations focus on identifying a problem in rural education and proposing an intervention.

Admissions

  1. Meet the requirements to be admitted to the School of Graduate Studies at the University of West Alabama
  2. Hold a master’s-level degree in education and have at least a 3.0 grade point average in all master’s-level credentials
  3. Submit two professional recommendations
  4. Up to 24 transfer credits may be accepted

Your experience at the University of West Alabama is designed to be as straightforward and convenient as possible. From the moment you apply, you’ll receive step-by-step guidance from an enrollment counselor. And once you’re in your program, you’ll have a personal success coach who can answer your questions and help with anything you need.

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Tuition

Tuition for this program is $630 per credit hour. There is a $50 technology fee each semester and a $50 application fee.

The University of West Alabama is dedicated to keeping education costs affordable and providing students with a full range of grants, scholarships and loans. Approximately 80 percent of UWA students receive some type of financial aid to support their studies. To apply for financial aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The school code for UWA is 001024.

Transfer

Appropriate graduate credit beyond the master’s degree (Specialist (Ed.S.) or Doctoral Level (Ed.D./Ph.D.) that was earned in other accredited institutions may be transferred (with the academic unit and School of Graduate Studies approval) and applied to doctoral requirements up to 24 credit hours. Transfer credit must constitute a fair and reasonable equivalent to current UWA course work in the Ed.D. in Rural Education program.

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Open Educational Resources at UWA Online

Textbook-Free Online Education

Many instructors in this program use open educational resources (OER) in place of traditional textbooks. This means digital, openly licensed content is available free of charge to students. The University of West Alabama’s use of OER gives students the opportunity to experience a unique learning environment.

Affordable Education, Unlimited Access

Students can save a significant amount on textbook costs by using OER. The OER library and network provide access to learning materials without the high price of traditional textbooks. Students can access course materials they need anytime, anywhere. With interactive content, multiple formats and a variety of resources, students in this program benefit from unlimited access to the study tools they need.

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