General Education

Develop a Broad Knowledge Base That Fits Your Goals and Advances Critical Thinking

The field of education is constantly evolving through teaching advancements that range from new technology to the use of data for guiding and improving learning outcomes. If you envision a future in education that does not fit neatly into one discipline, NCU’s general education specialization allows you to combine interests, giving you the opportunity to develop a broad knowledge base that fits your interests and goals, while also advancing your research and critical thinking skills. For example, you can further your understanding of education theory and best practices, and learn how to apply these principles in your profession by selecting electives that best fit your personal and professional goals. Many of today’s jobs in education administration and academic strategy require cross-disciplinary skills and knowledge. With a myriad of disciplines in education—e-learning, international teaching, English as a second language, learning analytics, organizational leadership, curriculum, teaching, and more—you may want to focus on more than one. This is possible with a general education specialization tailored to your interests. With NCU’s doctoral professors as your mentors, you can have a chance to develop a strong core of education and research knowledge to pair with your online work that helps you further understand educational theory and best practices.

The NCU Difference

NCU's unique approach to graduate education is ideal for self-starters and independent thinkers who want a premier education with unprecedented flexibility. With NCU’s online learning model, there are weekly starts for every program or course. Our education approach was developed to meet the needs of your busy life and schedule. We use a unique one-to-one learning model that pairs one student with one doctoral professor for each course. With no teaching assistants, you learn directly from experts who provide personal feedback and professional insights. Throughout your academic journey, you will be mentored by professors who are experienced in your field of study. At NCU, you will never have to participate in group projects. You move forward at your pace, by setting your own studying schedule. In a class size of one, there’s no one to get in the way of your individual success. None of our programs have residency requirements, allowing flexible access to you no matter where you live. When you enroll in NCU to earn an advanced degree in education, you will become part of a community of professionals who are already making a difference around the world.

“For a person to share their knowledge, in order for others to avoid mistakes, is a priceless gift. NCU’s one-to-one learning model caught my eye. I could go at my own pace.” – Jennifer Evans, Master of Education (2015)

At A Glance

Course information
  Credit Hours Courses Est. Time to Complete  
PhD-Ed 60 20 45 months View Course Catalog
EDD 54 18 40 months View Course Catalog
EdS 33 11 18 months View Course Catalog
MED 30 10 15 months View Course Catalog
Post-Master's Cert 18 6 9 months View Course Catalog

Beyond the specialized courses designed to help you expand your abilities in your chosen field of study and profession; NCU offers the following benefits to students and alumni:

Unmatched Flexibility
Many online programs offer the ability to take courses without leaving your home, but few offer weekly course starts, no scheduled lecture hours, no group assignments, and the ability to schedule courses around your personal and professional obligations. The option to turn in your assignments as early in the week as you want, provide you the ability to schedule school around your life, not the other way around.

100% Doctoral Faculty
Whether you are completing your bachelor's degree, pursuing your graduate degree, or on the path to earning your doctoral degree, you can rest assured that you will be mentored by doctors in your field of study.

One to One Engagement
Not only will you learn from a doctor in the field, but you won't have to fight for facetime as one of many within a classroom. At NCU, you'll have the opportunity to interact one to one with your professor to get personalized mentoring.

Doctor of Philosophy in Education Program Learning Outcomes

  • Develop knowledge of educational theories, research, and diverse instructional practices.
  • Communicate with diverse audiences about educational theories, research, and practices.
  • Develop evidence-based solutions addressing current educational, organizational, and societal issues.
  • Analyze professional skills, dispositions, and technology options for leading and educating diverse groups.
  • Conduct educational research that contributes to the body of knowledge specific to a discipline.

Doctor of Education Learning Outcomes

  • Develop leadership skills to support educational practices across diverse instructional and organizational settings.
  • Analyze educational theories and research supporting diverse instructional practices.
  • Analyze professional skills, dispositions, and technology options for leading and educating diverse groups.
  • Communicate with diverse audiences about educational theories, research, and practices. Evaluate evidence-based solutions for addressing educational, organizational, and societal issues.

Education Specialist Program Learning Outcomes

  • Develop skills to support educational practices across diverse instructional and organizational settings.
  • Communicate with diverse audiences about educational theories, research, and practices.
  • Analyze professional skills, dispositions, and technology options for learning and educating diverse groups.
  • Apply evidence-based solutions for addressing educational, organizational, and societal issues.
  • Analyze current research, theories, and instructional practices in educational and organizational environments.

Master of Education Program Learning Outcomes

  • Examine educational issues to make informed, ethical decisions and recommendations in diverse instructional and organizational settings.
  • Apply professional skills, dispositions, and technology options for leading and educational diverse groups.
  • Analyze current research, theories, and instructional practices in educational and organizational environments.
  • Communicate with diverse audiences about educational theories, research, and practices.
  • Investigate evidence-based solutions for addressing educational, organizational, and societal issues.

*Credit hours and courses reflect new students meeting credit requirements and utilizing no transfer credits. Est. Time of Completion reflects new students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for the program.

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