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14.6 MSN/DOCTORATE OF EDUCATION (EdD) FOR NURSE EDUCATORS AND EdD FOR NURSE EDUCATORS

The UA College of Education and the Capstone College of Nursing offer an MSN/Doctorate of Education (EdD) for Nurse Educators and an EdD for Nurse Educators. Both programs are designed to prepare practicing nurses for nursing faculty positions. Graduates are prepared to teach nursing in two- or four-year colleges and universities in their area of expertise.

In this program, baccalaureate prepared nurses obtain a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree and a Doctorate in Education (EdD) in Instructional Leadership for Nurse Educators. Nurses who have an MSN degree enter the EdD program to earn an EdD in Instructional Leadership for Nurse Educators. Coursework including the dissertation for the MSN/EdD and EdD programs can be completed in four years of full-time study.

The curricula for the MSN/EdD and EdD for Nurse Educators support the competencies for nurse educators specified by the National League for Nursing (NLN) and the Southern Regional Education Board Council on Collegiate Education in Nursing (SCCEN).

Doctor of Education Program Planning
See the College of Education and Instructional Leadership sections of this catalog for additional policies and procedures relevant to the EdD for Nurse Educators program.
 

Admission Requirements for MSN/EdD and EdD for Nurse Educators
Admission requirements are consistent with those in the Admission Criteria section of this catalog. Applicants for the MSN/EdD and EdD for Nurse Educators degree programs will be considered on a competitive basis. Nurses who are interested in the programs are encouraged to contact the Nurse Educator Coordinator of Student Recruitment or the Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs (ADGP). The following are minimum requirements for admission for both programs:

  1. For regular admission, a grade point average of at least 3.0 overall (based on a 4.0 system) or 3.0 for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate  or graduate work. In addition to grade point average , applicants must have a score of at least 300 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test or at least the 50th percentile on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
  2. For conditional admission, applicants must either meet the minimal grade point average of at least 3.0 overall ( based on a 4.0 system) or must have a score of at least 300 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test or at least the 50th percentile on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).
  3. Current unencumbered RN licensure in the United States  
  4. Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited school of nursing is required for the MSN/EdD program. An MSN from an accredited school of nursing is required for the EdD program.

Additional application information is located at http://nursing.ua.edu/graduate and in the Admission Criteria section of this catalog.

 

Degree Requirements

Students dually enrolled in the MSN/EdD program are eligible to apply for graduation from the MSN program before the EdD is completed. The MSN may be awarded to the student who has met the following requirements:

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • good standing at the time of graduation
  • all coursework, the comprehensive examination
  • successfully defended the dissertation prospectus
  • Graduate School approval of the following:  (1) an application for the MSN degree; and (2) an admission to candidacy for the EdD degree. Students also must pay existing fees in accordance with Graduate School policies. 

If a student is enrolled in the dual-degree program of study and opts out of the EdD degree, the student must complete the “regular” version of the MSN degree program. That is, the student would not be able to earn the degree by completing only the truncated set of requirements for the dual degree. 

If a student opts out of one of the degrees and completes the other, then later decides to pursue the remaining degree, the student cannot complete the truncated version of that program’s requirements to earn the degree. The “maximum 6 hours from a previous degree” policy would be in effect for the second degree.

The degree of the EdD for Nurse Educators will be awarded to the student who has met the following requirements:

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • good standing at the time of graduation
  • successful final oral defense of the dissertation
  • successful completion of the required coursework and dissertation hours

When EdD requirements are completed, the student will submit an application for the EdD degree and pay existing fees in accordance with Graduate School policies. Links to relevant forms are below: 

·         Admission to Candidacy for the Doctoral Degree  

Admission to Candidacy

Admission to the Graduate School does not imply admission of a student to candidacy for a degree. Admission to candidacy is contingent upon the recommendation of the program faculty and the approval of the graduate dean. The EdD and MSN/EdD student must apply for candidacy after all coursework listed on program of study has been completed, comprehensive exams have been successfully passed, and dissertation prospectus has been successfully defended. Approval will depend on:

  • the quality of the applicant's graduate work prior to the time the application is made (see the Degree Requirements in this catalog);
  • the removal of any special conditions; and
  • the certification of the Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs (ADGP) that the student is well qualified to continue work toward a degree.

Complete  the Admission to Candidacy for the Doctoral Degree form for the EdD and submit it to the Educational Leadership, Policy & Technology Studies department in the College of Education. The department-approved candidacy form will be forwarded to the Graduate School for final approval.  

Time limit for doctoral study

Doctoral programs of study may include appropriate coursework that has been earned six years prior to the date of the student's admission to the doctoral program. All degree requirements must be completed within seven years of the date of the student's admission to and enrollment in the doctoral program. Additional information is in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog. 

Curriculum

Coursework including dissertation for the MSN/EdD and EdD for Nurse Educators programs can be completed in four years.

MSN/EdD SAMPLE PROGRAM OF STUDY – subject to revision

 

Term

Course

Description

Hours

 Fall I

BEF 644

Philosophy of Science and Its Relation to Education

3

 

AIL 600

Integration of Technology in Education and Training

3

  NUR 501 Theory of Nursing (online) 3

 

 

 

9

Spring I

AEL 667

Multicultural and Social Education for Leadership Personnel

3

 

AIL 602

Electronic Instructional Design

3

 

BER 540

Statistical Methids in Education

3

 

 

 

9

Summer I

AIL 604

Distance Technologies

3

 

BER 640

Quantative Research II

3

 

NUR 580

Fiscal Resource Management (online)

3

 

 

 

9

 Fall II

NUR 620

Curriculum: Theory and Practice

3

 

BER 631

Inquiry as Interpretation

3

 

NUR 531

Nursing Faculty Roles and Responsibilities

3

 

 

 

9

 Spring II

AHE 603

College and University Teaching

3

 

NUR 520

Evidence-Based Practice

4

 

BEP 541

Learning Theories and Design of Learning Environments

3

 

 

 

10

Summer II

AEL 681

Ethics and Education

3

  BEF 641 Studies in the Social Foundations of Education 3

 

NUR 502

Issues in Community-Based Care for Rural Populations (on-line)

2

 

 

 

8

 Fall III

AEL 695

Seminar in Curriculum and Leadership

3

 

BER 632

Qualitative Research II (or BER 545)

3

 

 

 

6

   

 

 

 Spring III

NUR 540

Nurse Educator Practicum

4

 

NUR 696

Doctoral Seminar in Research

3

 

 

 

7

 Summer III

 

Comprehensive Exams

 

   

 

 

 Fall IV

NUR 503

Informatics in Healthcare

 2

  NUR 532 Instructional Media in Nursing Education 3
      5

  Spring IV

AEL 699

Dissertation Research

3

 Summer IV

AEL 699

Dissertation Research

3

  Fall V AEL699 Dissertation Research 3 
  Spring V  AEL699   Dissertation Research 3
     

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EdD SAMPLE PROGRAM OF STUDY – subject to revision

 

Term

Course

Description

Hours

 

 

 

 

Fall I

BEF 644

Philosophy of Science and Its Relation to Education

3

 

AIL 600

Integration of Technology in Education and Training

3

 

NUR 531

Nursing Faculty Roles and Responsibilities

3

 

 

 

9

Spring I

AEL 667

Multicultural and Social Education for Leadership Personnel

3

 

AIL 602

Electronic Instructional Design

3

 

BER 540

Statistical Methods in Education

3

 

 

 

9

Summer I

AIL 604

Distance Technologies (online)

3

 

BER 640

Quantitative Research II

3

 

 

 

6

Fall II

NUR 532

Instructional Media in Nursing Education

3

 

NUR 620

Curriculum: Theory and Practice

3

 

BER 631

Inquiry as Interpretation

3

 

 

 

9

Spring II

AHE 603

College and University Teaching

3

 

NUR 540

Nurse Educator Practicum

4

 

BEP 541

Learning Theories and Design of Learning Environments

3

 

 

 

10

Summer II

BEF 641

Studies in the Social Foundations of Education

3

 

AEL 681

Ethics and Education

3

 

 

 

6

Fall III

AEL 695

Seminar in Curriculum and Leadership

3

 

BER 632

Qualitative Research II

3

 

    6

Spring III

NUR 696

Doctoral Seminar in Research

3

  AHE 610 Academic Cultures and Learning in the Academe 3

 

 

Comprehensive Exams

0

 

 

 

6

Summer III

AEL 699

Dissertation Research

        3

Fall IV

AEL 699

Dissertation Research

        3

Spring IV

AEL 699

Dissertation Research

        3

Summer IV

AEL 699

Dissertation Research

        3

       
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