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College of Education
006 Bluemont Hall
1114 Mid-Campus Drive North
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506

785-532-7304 fax

Doctoral Programs in Adult and Continuing Education

Dr. Cheryl Polson advising a student at Fort Leavenworth

The Adult and Continuing Education department at Kansas State University offers the Ph.D. and Ed.D. to students.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Adult and Continuing Education prepares scholars who are committed to careers as college or university faculty members or in other educational or corporate settings where the application of adult learning principles and theories and the development of new knowledge, theory, and research are important.

The Ed.D. in Adult and Continuing Education prepares participants for administrative positions in higher education or corporate settings where theory to practice is paramount.

Challenging and insightful coursework along with opportunities to develop personal relationships with students and faculty provide future success in the adult education field.

Program Features:

  • Most courses meet 8 to 14 weeks, one night a week, on weekends, or online.
  • Full-time faculty with doctorates and experience as practitioners.
  • Opportunity to specialize in area related to career.
  • Can start coursework in fall, spring, or summer.
  • May be completed from a distance.
  • Courses online and face-to-face.
  • Two course residency requirement. Residency courses will be offered during summers for one intense week.
  • All students will present at a conference selected in consultation with their major professor.

Curriculum Overview:

Master’s degree:
30 credits typically recognized from Master’s degree

Required core:
18 credits (waived with Master’s degree in Adult and Continuing Education from K-State)

Coursework Phase:

  • 900 level doctoral focused courses: 12 credits minimum
  • Research: 15 credits minimum
  • Electives: to satisfy program total and specialty area
  • Internship: 12 credit hours (Ed.D. only)

Prelim Exam Phase:
As students conclude their coursework, they will work with their major professor to write the dissertation proposal (first 3 chapters of the dissertation). Students must successfully defend the dissertation proposal in front of their committee.

12 credits (minimum)

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