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The College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) now offers students the ability to earn a doctoral degree at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh—making it possible for students to earn a bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree from a statewide leader in teacher education.

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) at UW Oshkosh in Educational Leadership and Policy: Superintendent Licensure was created in response to a need for additional qualified district administrators—and is directed toward those who are currently principals and hold a Wisconsin teaching license.

The Higher Learning Commission recently approved the UW Oshkosh doctoral program and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction approved the licensure. Students are now being accepted for fall 2016.

“After talking with many local districts, we learned K-­12 schools, especially those in rural districts, need leaders who think critically and understand the changing and challenging assessment and evaluation demands in the educational field,” Fred Yeo, dean of COEHS, said.

At UW Oshkosh, the Ed.D. is the second professional doctoral program. The Doctor of Nursing (DNP) practice program was launched at UW Oshkosh in 2010.

“The development of the Ed.D. fits perfectly into UW Oshkosh’s recently-developed strategic plan to increase the quality and breadth of graduate programs and degrees on campus,” Lane Earns, provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs, said.

The 54-credit UW Oshkosh Ed.D. program is possible to complete in three years if  students enroll in six credits per semester and summer sessions. Students will move through the program as a cohort. Courses will be delivered in a hybrid format using online and face­-to-­face meetings, allowing more flexibility for busy district administrators.

While the Ed.D. is a UW Oshkosh program, six credits will be offered online through a collaboration with UW­-Green Bay, UW-­La Crosse and UW­-Stevens Point.

“The Ed.D. will give current Wisconsin administrators an opportunity to build upon their skills and knowledge and take their leadership to the next level,” Karen Gibson, educational leadership and policy professor and graduate program coordinator, said.

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