doctorate degree, a doctorate in educational leadership. Approval came
this spring from WWU’s accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
programs, particularly the graduate programs for educators,” Dr. Jahnae H.
Barnett, WWU president, said.
the largest population of graduate students earning principal and
superintendent certification in Missouri, and WWU graduates hold more than 500 school administrative
positions within the state.
university’s proposal and visit key personnel working with the doctoral
program. The focus team visited with faculty, staff, board members, community
members and current students.
programs since 1993 and added an educational specialist program in 2003. The university
began providing its first courses leading to a doctoral degree in August, 2010.
The courses were intended for educators wishing to pursue an Ed.D. and were
part of the final approval process for WWU’s doctoral degree program.
of Lexington schools, says he chose WWU for his doctoral program for several
during my Ed. Specialist program with WWU was outstanding. The instructors were practitioners who made
the lessons and activities relevant. The
William Woods on-campus staff has always been very helpful. Participating in the doctoral program has
been beneficial to my work as a superintendent.
The research, presentations, projects and activities we complete for
class are practical and applicable to my day-to-day work.”
faculty member, I was impressed with the quality education that William Woods
University offers for working professionals. The doctoral program has
afforded me a wonderful opportunity to grow professionally and
personally. They really do offer a solid program for today’s educators.”
to superintendent at Johnson County R7 – Crest Ridge School District near
established in Columbia, where there are 17 enrolled, and Blue Springs, where
there are 15 enrolled. The university is
enrolling students now for a cohort in Jackson starting in August. Other
locations are being considered for future cohorts, with plans for one in the
northeast and one in the southwest part of the state.
leaders in public, private and higher education. Eighteen credit hours of
coursework and six credit hours of dissertation will be required for those
already possessing an Ed.S., which is required along with two years of
experience as a practicing educator.
dissertation that, depending on the individual, could take from six months to
five years to complete. Doctoral candidates will come to the Fulton campus to
defend their dissertations.