Doctor of Education
Teaching and Learning Specialization
Locations: Distance + Internship and Immersions
Formats: Online + hands-on opportunities
Program duration: The program can be completed in as few as 3 years or less based on transfer credit and prior learning experience.The average time to degree is 4.33 years for students who have graduated within the last 3 years.*
*The program can be completed in as few as 3 years or less depending on individual progress, traditional vs. accelerated pathway, credits transferred, prior learning experience, and other factors. The average time to degree is 4.33 years for students who have graduated within the last 3 years.
Overview of the Teaching and Learning Specialization
Become an expert in teaching and learning through this specialization. Working alongside faculty mentors and fellow students in the online doctorate in education program, you can develop the skills you need to help raise up the next generation of healthcare professionals. Learn how to teach in a traditional or online classroom, develop curricula, and understand generational learning. The University of St. Augustine has long been at the forefront of innovative and applied learning methods such as case-based teaching to help students like you get the most out of their doctoral degree in education.
Learn more about the online Doctor of Education (EdD) program.
Whom Is the Teaching and Learning Specialization Designed For?
Are you looking to teach, to gain a full-time or tenure position as an educator, or teach part-time and still practice in a clinical setting or higher education? At USAHS, you can work toward your goals by earning your doctoral degree in education at a university that’s 100% dedicated to healthcare education. The Doctor of Education (EdD) program at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) will prepare you for teaching and administrative roles in the field, and the teaching and learning specialization will further develop your ability to train the next generation of healthcare professionals.
What You’ll Learn in the Executive Leadership Program
What is executive presence? It’s about inspiring confidence in everyone around you. That’s what our Executive Leadership specialization focuses on—developing the problem-solving, critical thinking, analytical and communication skills it takes to excel as a health education leader.
The Executive Leadership specialization includes a series of courses that emphasize education administration in healthcare. You’ll learn to build and manage effective teams and employ decision-making strategies that balance stakeholder considerations. You’ll also explore leadership models and learn how to use quality performance standards to achieve organizational outcomes.
The education doctorate culminates with a research project—an opportunity to make an original scholarly contribution to your field. You may also choose to engage in independent directed study on a special topic of your choice.
View the curriculum for the Executive Leadership specialization.
Gain Real-World Skills Through Experiential Learning
In the Teaching and Learning specialization of the Doctor of Education program at USAHS, you will have the opportunity to complete an optional teaching internship, working toward your unique goals as a healthcare educator with the guidance of a dedicated mentor. Dive deep into your studies through innovative and applied learning methods including case-based teaching and an optional research project (such as a dissertation)—allowing you to make an original scholarly contribution to your field. You may also choose to engage in independent directed study on a special topic of your choice.
Learn From Award-Winning Faculty
Earn your doctoral degree in education alongside faculty mentors who teach with innovative and applied learning methods, such as interprofessional education, in which you’ll have the chance to collaborate with your peers from other healthcare disciplines. You will complete coursework online and join your classmates for two required in-person or virtual residencies, as well as optional virtual immersions. Your advisor will work with you to create a customized plan of study that can include accelerated learning options.
Opportunities for Graduates of the Teaching and Learning Specialization
After completing your online Doctor of Education with a specialization in Teaching and Learning, you will be prepared to lead in fields including higher education, healthcare, government, and public health. Your career paths may include:
- Adjunct professor/professor
- Assistant professor
- Academic Leadership
- Tenured research faculty
Opportunities continue to grow for skilled educators. Overall employment of postsecondary teachers is projected to grow 12 percent over the next decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, much faster than the average for all occupations. The overall employment of health education specialists is also projected to grow by 12 percent in the same period of time.
Other Specializations for the Doctor of Education Degree
Nursing Education Specialization
Designed for experienced nurses interested in teaching within higher education, this specialization features four elective courses that combine practical theory and application. Learn more
Executive Leadership Specialization
Prepare for executive leadership roles in healthcare and interprofessional education in this flexible program designed to empower innovative healthcare education leaders. Learn more
Athletic Training Specialization
Study emerging topics such as cultural competency and evidence-based injury prevention in this specialization designed for athletic trainers who want to pursue a teaching role.
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