University of Guam Launches First Online Doctoral Program in Instructional and Academic Leadership

The University of Guam launches its first-ever online doctoral program in Education, aiming to develop 'scholar-practitioners' and address regional educational needs. Applications open this summer for the Fall 2024 launch.

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University of Guam Launches First Online Doctoral Program in Instructional and Academic Leadership

University of Guam Launches First Online Doctoral Program in Instructional and Academic Leadership

The University of Guam (UOG) has received approval from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges' Senior College and University Commission to offer its first-ever online doctoral program, a Doctor of Education (EdD) in Instructional and Academic Leadership. The new program, set to launch in Fall 2024, aims to develop 'scholar-practitioners' who will integrate their professional experiences with research and theory to improve educational practices within their cultural contexts and influence change in their educational and organizational settings.

UOG President Anita Borja Enriquez stated that this new doctoral program is a commitment to advancing education, elevating research agendas relevant to the region, and addressing improvement to instructional areas and overall educational leadership. The School of Education Dean, Alicia Aguon, noted that the program responds to the needs of educators and school systems across the region, as indicated by a survey of nearly a thousand respondents.

Why this matters: The launch of UOG's first online doctoral program marks a significant milestone for education in the region. It provides an opportunity for educators and leaders to enhance their skills and knowledge, potentially leading to improvements in educational practices and outcomes across various cultural contexts.

The EdD program has 20 required courses and a total of 60 credit hours, with the dissertation built into the coursework. It is expected to take around four years to complete the program without pausing. The university anticipates up to 25 students for the inaugural cohort, and applications will be accepted this summer. Interested individuals can email SOE-EdD@triton.uog.edu for more information.

Online Doctoral Program Milestone: President Enriquez described the approval of the online doctoral program as a milestone for education across the region. "This new doctoral program is a commitment to advancing education, elevating research agendas relevant to the region, and addressing improvement to instructional areas and overall educational leadership," she said. The School of Education will begin accepting applications for the doctoral program this summer, with the first courses starting in October.

Key Takeaways

  • UOG approved to offer its first online doctoral program, a Doctor of Education (EdD).
  • The EdD program aims to develop 'scholar-practitioners' to improve educational practices.
  • The program responds to the needs of educators and school systems across the region.
  • The EdD program has 20 courses and 60 credits, expected to take 4 years to complete.
  • UOG anticipates up to 25 students for the inaugural cohort, with applications accepted this summer.