Doctorate in Nursing Education (Ed.D.)

The EdD in Nursing Education application deadline is February 1, 2016.

Completion of the Doctorate in Nursing Education would qualify the graduate to sit for the The Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) Examination, accredited by the the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), to become a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE). 

Laurie Jowers Ware, PhD, RN, CNL - Associate Dean
Susan Welch, EdD, RN,CCRN,CNE - Director

University of West Georgia Tanner Health System School of Nursing ranked 41st in the nation for "Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs" (U.S. News & World Report, 2015).  

The University of West Georgia now offers an EdD in Nursing Education degree. The program is designed to prepare nurse educators for the 21st century. The Tanner Health System School of Nursing and the College of Education have collaborated to develop a joint curriculum taught by both Tanner Health System School of Nursing faculty and College of Education faculty. Competencies will include the knowledge and skills in theoretical and analytic approaches to the discovery and application of knowledge in nursing education. The core competences will reflect the Core Competencies of Nurse Educators by the National League for Nursing (2005). No such programs exist in Georgia and only a few exist in the nation including Teachers College at Columbia University and University of Alabama.

The program will be offered 100 percent online and will include a total of 60 semester hours. A mandatory three-day, on-site orientation seminar will introduce learners to key components of the doctorate program. Through structured activities and facilitator-guided dialogue, learners will gain an understanding of the doctorate program goals, structure, and culture. Students will develop strategies for successfully engaging in doctorate learning and building an effective doctorate community. Classroom instruction will be delivered solely through asynchronous communication. Communication between the professor and students will be promoted within the university’s course management system.

University of West Georgia monitors regulations governing online education at the state and federal level. As of March 2016, UWG was approved to participate in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), as part of the state of Georgia's membership.  As a result, UWG may enroll residents of any U.S. state other than Utah or Delaware, provided state professional licensing requirements are met for the applicable program. In addition, practicums or clinicals may be conducted in any state other than Utah, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut.

Prospective students who reside within the aforementioned states should contact or UWG Online at 678-839-6248, for more information and status updates, as some limitations may be lifted soon.

Prospective students that reside outside the state of Georgia who are considering a professional program (nursing, education, social work, counseling, allied health professions, veterinary medicine) should contact the appropriate Board in their state of residency prior to beginning a course of study. UWG cannot confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in the student’s state. 


For specific questions, contact Embry Ice, Graduate Studies Associate at 678-839-5115.