Great news–we’ve received permission to move forward with planning of our online EdD program in EDTECH! Our goal is to launch the program by fall 2010. I’m hesitant to announce it here, as we begin to get a lot of interested students wanting to know if they can take courses NOW that will apply THEN. Although I’d love to say yes, in reality, we can’t count our chickens before they are hatched.
There are many levels of approval before a doctoral program launches. The program has to be reviewed within a university, and once that’s done, it goes out for external review before being submitted to the State Board of Education for approval! The process can get bogged down or suspended at any point along the line, so from a student’s perspective, it’s not wise to take coursework now anticipating something that may not be there when they need it.
Now, having all the disclaimers out of the way, let me say I’m VERY excited to begin re-visioning our program. I say re-vision, because we actually outlined a doctoral program two years ago. A lot has changed in two years–we are a larger department, with more faculty, more courses, and a little more experience and understanding about where we want to head as a program. We’ve been encouraged to align our work to the Carnegie Foundation’s Initiative on the Doctorate. Excellent! I’m looking forward to working with our team of faculty and staff to reflect on notions of excellence in doctoral education, especially as they apply to a program that likes to focus on emergent technologies for teaching and learning.