Like the M.Ed. program, the D.Ed. is designed for students who intend to pursue careers in the professional practice of adult education. Graduates are qualified to provide leadership in one or more of the following domains of adult education practice: teaching and learning, curriculum and instructional design and development, program planning and administration, or curriculum and/or program evaluation. D.Ed. students receive greater and more extensive preparation than M.Ed. students—thereby qualifying them to assume top-level leadership positions in their specific area of practice.  
The D.Ed. is a credit-driven degree: all D.Ed. students must earn at least 90 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree to graduate. A breakdown of D.Ed. course requirements follows. See the Appendix section for samples the D.Ed. Plan of Studies, Course Sequence, and Checklist. 

•    Advanced Standing: (30 credits beyond the baccalaureate): May be earned from a previous master’s degree or from previous graduate courses taken at PSU-approved institutions
•    ADTED core (9 credits): ADTED 460 or equivalent, 510, and 542. D.Ed. students at UP are required to take ADTED 521 (doctoral proseminar) in lieu of ADTED 460.
•    Emphasis Area: (27 credits): At least 12 credits from Adult Education (ADTED Electives) and at least 15 credits from one or more supporting areas outside the program (Minor or General Studies). Courses are determined by the academic advisor in consultation with student and the doctoral committee.
•    Research Design and Methods (9 credits): A graduate-level basic statistics course; a course that explores qualitative designs and methods (ADTED 550); and a course that explores quantitative designs and methods. It is expected that students would develop additional research skills during the dissertation phase.
•    Thesis Research (15 credits of ADTED 600/610)

Registration for Thesis Research: As noted earlier, D.Ed. students must complete 15 credits of Thesis Research (ADTED 600 or ADTED 610, as appropriate). Unlike their Ph.D. counterparts, D.Ed. students are not required to continuously register for Thesis Research. However, while using the resources (including faculty advisement) of the university, they must be registered for at least one (1) thesis credit (ADTED 601/610). The number of thesis credits a D.Ed. student carries each semester (including summer) is determined by her/his thesis advisor in consultation with the student. Registration for Thesis Research continues until the D.Ed. student has completed the dissertation even if the minimum number of thesis credits is exceeded.


For additional information please see the LLAED Handbook