University of West Georgia School of Nursing ranked 31st in the nation for "Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs" (U.S. News & World Report, 2016).

 11 semesters | 60 hours (includes 15 dissertation hours)

UWG's online EdD in Nursing Education is designed to prepare nurse educators for the 21st century. 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 a few such programs in the nation!

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog.

  • Overview
  • Cost
  • Courses
  • Faculty
  • Admissions
  • Dates
  • Objectives
  • Overview

    The program include a total of 60 semester hours including 15 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 through asynchronous 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 Nursing
    678-839-6552
    nurs@westga.edu

    Ms. Embry Ice (Pre-enrollment advisor)
    eice@westga.edu
    678-839-5115

    Program Location

    Online

    Method of Delivery

    100% online. A mandatory two-day, on-site orientation seminar is required before the first semester. A one-day mandatory orientation is required before the start of the second and third years in the program.

    Accreditation

    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    This program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required: 60
    Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 6
    A transfer credit evaluation will be completed by the UWG Transfer Team (transfer@westga.edu). Course application to a program is subject to review by the department.

  • Cost

    This program is offered entirely online. Though a student may choose to sign-up for a face-to-face elective or core course, one can earn this degree completely online.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited university of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen. In addition, online courses and programs can mean a huge cost-savings in many non-evident ways: No more high gas charges. No childcare needed. The flexibility can allow one to maintain a job while attending school. Regardless of state residency, out-of-state non-resident students are not charged non-resident tuition for online course credit hours.

    Details

    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-Face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online courses are charged at the general tuition rate plus an eTuition rate BUT with fewer fees and no extra charges to non-Residents.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, they will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For the cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

  • Courses

    Coursework

    Of the courses described below, go here to review the Plan of Study (when each course will be offered): Plan of Study (pdf).

    General

    • EDLE-8324 - Ethics in Educational Leadership

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

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    • EDLE-8329 - School Leadership in a Pluralistic and Diverse Society

      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.

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    • EDSI-9923 - Leadership for Diversity in the 21st Century

      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.

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    • EDSI-9925 - Policy Analysis for School Improvement

      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.

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    • MEDT-7472 - Introduction to Distance Learning

      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.

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    • MEDT-7475 - The Distance Education Professional

      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.

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    • NURS-9001 - Current Trends and Issues in Nursing Education

      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.

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    • NURS-9002 - Quantitative Research in Nursing

      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.

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    • NURS-9003 - Principles of Qualitative Inquiry: Design and Methods

      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.

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    • NURS-9004 - Teaching the Adult Learner

      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.

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    • NURS-9005 - Nursing Theory in Nursing Education

      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.

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    Major Required

    • NURS-9001 - Current Trends and Issues in Nursing Education

      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.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • NURS-9002 - Quantitative Research in Nursing

      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.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • NURS-9003 - Principles of Qualitative Inquiry: Design and Methods

      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.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • NURS-9004 - Teaching the Adult Learner

      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.

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    • NURS-9005 - Nursing Theory in Nursing Education

      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.

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    • NURS-9006 - Educational and Healthcare Policy Analysis

      Must be admitted to the EdD in Nursing Education program as a prerequisite to register for this course. This course is an advanced study of policy and its impact on nursing education and health care. It is designed to enable nurse educators to become more knowledgeable, effective, and responsible actors within the political context of the academic and healthcare settings. Relationships among law, ethics, and policy will be explored. Students will examine a clinical or educational issue and demonstrate how policy impacts outcomes related to the issue.

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    • NURS-9007 - Applied Statistical Methods in Nursing

      This course provides the student with the opportunity to examine statistical methods for nursing research studies. Emphasis is on the utilization and interpretation of descriptive and inferential statistics. An additional emphasis will be on critiquing data analysis in current research articles.

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    • NURS-9008 - Theoretical and Philosophical Foundations of Education

      This course provides a broad foundation for the study of adult education based on philosophical constructs that have influenced the practice of adult education in the past and present. This course will explore philosophical perspectives that have influenced adult education and those that continue to develop the current practice of andragogy.

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    • NURS-9009 - Curriculum: Theory and Practice

      This course provides an in-depth examination of historical and contemporary discourses necessary to understand curriculum. Implementation of curriculum will be based on analysis, interpretation, evaluation, and synthesis of current data. Students will prepare goals, processes, and outcomes for curriculum and course design.

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    • NURS-9011 - Ethics in Educational Leadership

      This course is designed to provide the student the opportunity to analyze ethical theories and to apply these theories to nursing education. Ethical issues in health care, higher education, and nursing education provides the focus for the learner to explore the guiding principles of ethical decision making.

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    • NURS-9012 - Nursing Education Synthesis

      This course provides the student with opportunities to practice the roles, processes, and functions of an educator within a quality caring framework.

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    • NURS-9013 - Nursing Education Leadership for Diversity for the 21st century

      This course explores the application of leadership theories related to a culturally diverse society within the context of a quality caring curriculum.

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    • NURS-9014 - Directed Readings

      This course will provide a critical examination of detailed knowledge of methodology as it relates to the field of research in quality caring nursing education.

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    • NURS-9015 - Dissertation

      This course is the research dissertation which demonstrates a mastery of study and contributes to the literature in nursing education. Successful proposal defense, consent of dissertation chairperson, and admission to candidacy. Prerequisites: Successful completion of comprehensive examination and all coursework.

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  • Faculty
  • Admissions

    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
    • Professional curriculum vitae.
    • GRE scores.
      • 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 than 5 years old.

    Application Deadlines

    Fall 2017: February 1

    Admission Process Checklist

    Please submit all transcripts to:

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

     

     

    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 (Graduate Studies Associate)
    eice@westga.edu

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

  • Dates

    The Application deadline for Fall 2016 is February 1, 2017.

    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.

  • 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.