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EdD in Workforce Education (Traditional)

The EdD in Workforce Education prepares you for leadership, university teaching, and other roles in career and technical education. This program of study is suited for practitioners who want to move into a leadership role in an educational setting. This program involves doctoral research, but is geared toward a practitioner focus.

The traditional EdD option takes place at our Athens campus and features a face-to-face instructional format. You will delve into topics that cover workplace issues, such as diversity and policy issues, while also covering curriculum-based topics for diverse populations.


  1. No. 2 in the nation as ranked by U.S. News & World Report
  2. Award-winning faculty with diverse professional and scholarly experiences
  3. Enrollment takes place each Spring and Fall


You will immerse yourself in five areas of coursework:

  • Core courses, which focus on issues, policy, and leadership development
  • Elective courses, which you may choose based on your interests and professional goals
  • Educational research courses focused on statistical methods, analysis, design, and methodology
  • Functional minor courses to allow in-depth, multi-disciplinary study in an area of interest
  • Dissertation coursework, including research and dissertation preparation

The typical program of study requires 48 semester hours of coursework beyond the master’s degree. This includes a minimum of:

  • 6 hours of core courses and 6 hours of electives
  • 15 hours of research
  • 9 hours in an area of interest related to career and technical education
  • 12 hours of dissertation coursework

This program requires a minimum of three years of study beyond the master’s degree. You cannot secure this experience through summer work alone.

You will also have the chance to engage with and learn from leaders in the field of workforce education. Our faculty draws from strong academic and professional backgrounds as well as established research and scholarship experience.

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How to Apply

The Graduate School handles admission for all graduate programs at the University of Georgia, including those in the College of Education. The Graduate School website contains important details about the application process, orientation, and many other useful links to guide you through the process of attending UGA at the graduate level.

The GRE is required for all doctoral applicants. Please send recent official entrance test scores (less than five years old) to the graduate school. UGA institutional code for ETS reporting is 5813. International applicants, please check the Graduate School website’s list for your Country-Specific Academic Credentials and Requirements, as you may need to also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

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Deadline to Apply

  • Fall – March 15
  • Spring – October 15

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Faculty and Advisors

The College’s programs are taught by dedicated faculty who are experts in a range of areas and are passionate about helping students succeed both in their programs and professionally.

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Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Student Life

Our students have a range of opportunities available outside the classroom as well, from professional organizations, experiential learning, clubs and other non-academic experiences.

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