Southeast’s Cooperative Ed.D. Program Receives Award

Education majors with younger studentsCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 30, 2013 – Southeast Missouri State University recently received the University Professional and Continuing Education Association – Central Region 2013 Celebration of Excellence Award for Mature Programs as a partner in the University of Missouri (MU) Statewide Cooperative Ed.D. Program.

“We [the entire cohort] have done outstanding work and been evaluated as one of the best,” said Dr. Ruth Roberts, chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling and the coordinator of the doctoral program. “It’s an honor, and we’re proud to receive it.”

The University Professional and Continuing Education Association is the association for top leaders in professional, continuing and online education.

Southeast received the award in conjunction with other state partners in the cooperative program, including the University of Missouri-Columbia , Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., Central Missouri State, and Northwest Missouri State.

Southeast has been part of the MU Statewide Cooperative Ed.D. program, hosted through the University of Missouri since 1997, when Southeast and other universities in Missouri decided to develop a cooperative program for outlying regions in the states, according to Roberts. The Cooperative Ed.D. offers educational leaders or those who aspire to be educational leaders in southeast Missouri the opportunity to participate in a quality doctoral program from the University of Missouri, with most of the course work being offered on the campus of Southeast Missouri State and being taught by Southeast faculty. This professional degree is an advanced study of educational leadership for a variety of educational leadership positions in public and private education, government and industry. The goal of the program is to enhance the knowledge and competencies of leaders so they may provide optimal conditions for the education of youth and adult learners.

The Ed.D. is a cohort program with new students admitted into the program on odd numbered years. The program was designed to accommodate the busy schedules of practicing professionals. Students in the program participate in two years of coursework and comprehensive written exams online, and then take oral exams at the University. Students then have five years to write their dissertations. About 80-95 students become part of the program every two years through the partnering universities. Interested students must have a master’s degree and relevant experience. This fall, 19 students from Southeast began a cohort, which is a group of students who begin their two-year program at the same time. For more information go to http://gradschool.missouri.edu/academics/programs/educational-leadership–policy-analysis-/doctorate-of-education-edd-in-educational-leadership.php.