Nursing, Ed.D - Nursing Education

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Application Deadline
March 1 (even years).

The Doctoral program in Nursing Education (Ed.D.), developed collaboratively by Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) and Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) faculty is designed to prepared nurses for academic faculty roles. The program, which builds on CSUS's long standing tradition of excellence in preparing educators and nurses, offers individuals with clinical expertise and a master 's degree in nursing an innovative doctoral program focused on the necessary content and skills required to be effective faculty members, advance the science of nursing education, and transform the education of future nurses.

The Ed.D. program objectives are consistent with SCSU and WCSU's mission to educate students within a diverse, caring, and scholarly learning community dedicated to excellence.

To meet the needs of busy professionals, this program will be delivered primarily online through the use of synchronous and asynchronous learning modalities. Three, three-day on-campus residencies will be required before the start of the program and during each summer following Years 1 and 2 of the program.

Admission Criteria are as follows

The overall goal of the admissions committee is to admit individuals who, in the professional opinion of the faculty, demonstrate the greatest potential for making significant contributions to the field of nursing education through their teaching, scholarship, and service activities.

Program Sequence

As sequencing changes, it is highly recommended that students meet with their program advisor to finalize a list of requirements for graduation.  

A rigorous 51 credit planned course of study is as follows:

Foundations of Teaching in Higher Education (each course is 3 credits; 9 credits total)

Specialization in Nursing Education (each course is 3 credits; 9 credits total)

Leadership in Nursing Education (each course is 3 credits; 9 credits total)

Science of Nursing Education Research (each course is 3 credits; 12 credits total)

Dissertation Phase (each course is 3 credits; 9 – 12 credits total)

Comprehensive Examination
All matriculated doctoral students wishing to become doctoral candidates must pass a written comprehensive examination. This exam is designed by the doctoral faculty to rigorously assess the student's mastery and synthesis of knowledge garnered during coursework. Further, it is intended to gauge the student's potential for independent dissertation research.

Dissertation Proposal
The dissertation proposal is a required component of the doctoral program, and must be approved for a student to become a doctoral candidate. Specific details regarding the dissertation proposal and required forms can be obtained from the Coordinator of the Ed.D Program in Nursing Education.

Doctoral Candidacy
Once students satisfactorily pass coursework, the comprehensive examination and the dissertation proposal hearing, they are considered doctoral candidates and may begin dissertation research.

The dissertation is the culminating component of the doctoral program. Only upon successful dissertation defense before a dissertation committee may a student be considered for graduation. All requisite forms and further details are available from the coordinator of the Ed.D. in Nursing Education. Students must complete all degree requirements within seven years.