Doctoral Program Details

University of West Georgia School of Nursing ranked 34th in the nation for "Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs" (U.S. News & World Report, 2013).

36 months / 9 semesters | 60 hours (includes 12 dissertation hours)

UWG's online EdD in Nursing Education is designed to prepare nurse educators for the 21st century. The School of Nursing and the College of Education have collaborated to develop the joint curriculum.  The 100% online program will enable students to earn a doctorate degree that will prepare them to train future nurses, helping address a critical shortage in the state, region and nation. This is one of only four such programs in the nation!

Program Description

The program include a total of 60 semester hours including 12 dissertation credit hours.? 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. Objectives: The major objectives of this doctoral program are to: Demonstrate advanced nurse educator competencies to enact increasingly complex faculty and leadership roles. Facilitate curriculum design, development of courses, and evaluation of program and learner outcomes using evidence-based strategies. Function as a change agent, innovator, and leader with the continuous pursuit of quality improvement in the nurse educator role. Advance the scholarship of nursing education. Conduct, evaluate, and synthesize theoretically guided research to further pedagogical knowledge in nursing education. The Doctorate of Education in Nursing Education Program Website includes other vital information. CONTACTS School of Nursing678-839-6552nurs@westga.edu Ms.?Embry Ice?(Pre-enrollment advisor)?eice@westga.edu 678-839-5115

Method of Delivery

100% online. A mandatory three-day, on-site orientation seminar is required before the first semester.

Accreditation

SACS

Credit & Transfer

Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 60
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 6

Tuition & Fees

Save money.

Online courses and programs can mean a huge cost-savings in many ways. No more high gas charges. No childcare needed. The flexibility can allow one to maintain a job while attending school. Out-of-state students are not charged non-resident tuition rates.

Earn more.

The completion of an accredited online degree also increases your earning potential.

The bottom line - value.

Our online courses are as affordable as you will find among accredited schools.

For the most up-to-date and accurate cost information, see the Bursar's Office website at http://www.westga.edu/bursar/. (Fully online courses appear as NET charges on the bottom of the Bursar's spreadsheets.)

Coursework

Of the courses described below, go here to review the Plan of Study (when each course will be offered): http://www.westga.edu/assetsNursing/eddnurse/Final_program_plan_of_study_%283%29.pdf

The following courses are also part of the List of Courses, in addition to the tabbed list below:

NURS 9002  Nursing Theory in Nursing Education  3  
NURS 9001  Current Trends and Issues in Nursing Education  3  
NURS 9003  Curriculum: Theory and Practice  3  
NURS 9004  Nursing Education Practicum  3  
NURS 9006  Dissertation  4  
NURS 9007  Directed Reading  3

Philosophical Foundations of Education - EDFD-7309
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: A survey of philosophical thought foundational to educational theory and practice.

Ethics in Educational Leadership - EDLE-8324
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course is designed to provide school leaders with an in-depth examination of current and anticipated ethical issues and dilemma facing public education.

School Leadership in a Pluralistic and Diverse Society - EDLE-8329
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Students study school and district leadership within the context of how effective leaders address issues related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social class, disability, or language. Particular attention is given to preparation of leaders who can transform schools and districts in ways that serve the interests of all students.

Leadership for Diversity in the 21st Century - EDSI-9923
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course will encourage a culturally pluralistic and global perspective on the equitable education of culturally and linguistically diverse student populations. Students in the course will investigate the philosophical, theoretical, and historical foundations of multicultural education; the values inherent in cross-cultural communication; and relationships between verbal and nonverbal communication systems. Interpersonal skills for encouraging harmony between the dominant culture and culturally and linguistically diverse populations will be topics for investigation.

Policy Analysis for School Improvement - EDSI-9925
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course is an advanced study of policy and its impact on the field of education broadly, and school improvement specifically. There is a specific emphasis on policy development and analysis. The course is designed to enable educators to become knowledgeable, effective, and responsible actors within the political and policy arenas of schooling.

Introduction to Distance Learning - MEDT-7472
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course is a general introduction to conceptual, theoretical, and practical ideas concerning distance education, including the current status of distance learning and its impact on education. Students will become conversant in the terminology of the field of distance education, review its history, conduct research on specific areas of practice, investigate instructional and learning design strategies, explore the technologies commonly used, and understand the unique roles and responsibilities of the distance learner and the distance instructor.

The Distance Education Professional - MEDT-7475
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course focuses on current issues and challenges for the distance education professional. Students will be prepared to assume the role of an e-learning teacher and professional through the study of distance education research as well as the analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of e-learning environments. Students will examine the management of e-learning initiatives including cultural impact; budget, technological and managerial requirements; quality support; policy issues; development of e-learning materials; facilitating instruction and interaction; and other areas of professional development and training.

Current Trends and Issues in Nursing Education - NURS-9001
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Must be admitted to the EdD in Nursing Education program as a prerequisite to register for this course. The course emphasizes the development of competencies to meet the educational needs of a rapidly developing global society. Using an analytical approach, students will examine past, present and future nursing issues that directly impact individuals and society within local, national, and global perspectives.

Quantitative Research in Nursing - NURS-9002
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Must be admitted to the EdD in Nursing Education program as a prerequisite to register for this course. This course introduces the graduate student to methods of empirical inquiry used in nursing. Quantitative research designs and quantitative approaches to scientific inquiry will be emphasized. Students will select samples, identify appropriate measurement instruments, analyze data descriptively, and apply a variety of inferential statistical tests to answer nursing research questions.

Principles of Qualitative Inquiry: Design and Methods - NURS-9003
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Must be admitted to the EdD in Nursing Education program as a prerequisite to register for this course. Principles of qualitative inquiry will be presented, including philosophical frameworks and methodologies (historical, ethnography, phenomenology, grounded theory and action critical/social/feminist inquiry). Additionally, design, data collection and analysis strategies will be explored.

Teaching the Adult Learner - NURS-9004
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course examines theories of adult learning and practical application in the adult education process. Students will gain an understanding of andragogy and the contemporary adult education movement.

Nursing Theory in Nursing Education - NURS-9005
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course includes the opportunity for analysis and evaluation of concepts related to theory development and an exploration and analysis of grand and middle range theories. Additionally, the course will include an examination of nursing theory and its link to the research process and evidence based practice in nursing education.

Guidelines for Admittance

  • All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
  • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
  • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
  • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office.

Program-specific Admittance Guidelines

  • Completed UWG graduate application for admission.
  • Earned Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited institution.
  • G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale graduate nursing program.
  • Official transcript from each college or university attended.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are knowledgeable of the applicant’s professional and academic abilities.
  • Sample of academic writing limited to 5 pages (An academic paper presented in a previous graduate course that demonstrates knowledge of an area, powers of organization, command of language, and communication skills.)
  • Current unencumbered RN license in the state in which the student will practice.
  • Immunization form (must be submitted every semester) 
  • Professional curriculum vitae.
  • GRE scores.
    • If taken before August 1, 2011, the minimum expected score is a composite score of 1000, with at least a 450 on the verbal section AND a 450 on the quantitative section. If taken after August 1, 2011, the minimum expected score is a composite score of 291, with at least a 150 on the verbal section AND a 141 on the quantitative section. Submitted GRE scores cannot be more than 5 years old (from the application deadline date). Note: International students are also required to submit TOEFL scores. Scores can not be more then 5 years old.

Application Deadlines

Fall 2014: February 1

Admission Process Checklist

How to Apply:

  1. Go to the Graduate Studies Website
  2. Click "online application" under step 1
  3. Create an account
  4. Complete the application 
  5. Please provide RN license number of current unencumbered RN license in the state in which the student will practice within the application

Proof of the following should be submitted to the Office of Admissions:

  • One transcript from each college or university attended
  • Official GRE scores (no more then 5 years old)

Please submit all transcripts to:

Office of Admissions
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton, GA 30118

Proof of the following should be submitted to the School of Nursing (ATTN: Embry Ice):

  • Profession curriculum vitae or resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Sample of academic writing, limited to 5 pages

Please submit the above documents to:

University of West Georgia
School of Nursing (ATTN: Embry Ice)
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton, GA 30118

The program specific admission checklist is available here: http://www.westga.edu/eddnurse/index_123.php

One exception: If you will never travel to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.

Contact

The School of Nursing Website includes a program handbook, directory of instructors and their credentials, as well as other vital information.

School of Nursing
678-839-6552
nurs@westga.edu

Contact
Ms. Embry Ice (Pre-enrollment advisor)
eice@westga.edu

Phone: 678-839-5115
Fax: 678-839-6553

Dates

The Application deadline for Fall 2013 is February 1, 2014.

Registration dates are TBA.

Required EdD in Nursing Ed Orientation: TBA

Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP at http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php.

Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines: 

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate advanced nurse educator competencies to enact increasingly complex faculty and leadership roles.
  • Facilitate curriculum design, development of courses, and evaluation of program and learner outcomes using evidence-based strategies.
  • Function as a change agent, innovator, and leader with the continuous pursuit of quality improvement in the nurse educator role.
  • Advance the scholarship of nursing education.
  • Conduct, evaluate, and synthesize theoretically guided research to further pedagogical knowledge in nursing education.