Doctoral in Nursing Education (Ed.D.)

The EdD in Nursing Education application deadline is February 1, 2015. 

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 48th in the nation for "Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs" (U.S. News & World Report, 2014).  

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 doctoral program. Through structured activities and facilitator-guided dialogue, learners will gain an understanding of the doctoral program goals, structure, and culture. Students will develop strategies for successfully engaging in doctoral learning and building an effective doctoral community. Classroom instruction will be delivered primarily through asynchronous and synchronous communication. Communication between the professor and students will be promoted within the university’s course management system.

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