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EdD in Workforce Education

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.

This option combines face-to-face instruction at the Griffin campus as well as online instruction, and it uses a cohort group approach to teaching. 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. Enrolls 20 students each year on a two-year cycle


The option follows a sequenced curriculum where you take specific courses each year:

  • Year one includes courses in leadership development, statistical methods, philosophy of education, and other topics
  • Year two reviews workforce issues and policy, ethics in a technological world, contemporary teaching trends and strategies, and related topics
  • Year three focuses on theory and practice, doctoral research, and dissertation work
  • Year four includes continued doctoral research and dissertation work as well as electives as needed or desired

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 may 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

Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia

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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Part 2: Apply to the EdD in Workforce Education

The admission deadline is March 15 for the following fall semester.

Deadline to Apply

March 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

Engage with and learn from leaders in the field of workforce education. With a small group size of 20 students, you will have the opportunity to build strong professional and personal relationships with other graduate students.

The EdD in Workforce Education offers courses in the late afternoons and evenings. This provides you an opportunity for continued employment while you pursue the degree. You may take courses during the summer session and online.

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