ACE-8128The Adult and Continuing Education doctoral degree (PhD or EdD) can now be completed at a distance!

The Adult and Continuing Education faculty recently approved offering doctoral courses at a distance. Some courses will be taught completely online; others will be offered with synchronous sessions using video conferencing design such as Zoom. Students will all have a residency requirement as well. Some courses will be offered during the summer semester with one-week intense class sessions at one of our K-State campuses (Manhattan or Olathe). The summer course will have online sessions before the week and online sessions following. Through feedback from our doctoral graduates, the faculty have chosen to expand the professional experiences of our doctoral students. Professional experiences include networking with other doctoral students, the K-State faculty, and as well as other national and international adult education professionals.

The distance-accessible doctoral programs can be completed at a distance if the following face to face residential requirement is met. The application review committee will review the applicant’s physical distance from the course location when determining qualification. All distance doctoral students must attend two residential 3 credit hour courses prior to completing their course work. The residential courses can be in a week long or a multiple weekend format.

To help develop professional relationship and networks with faculty members and other students at K-State and other universities, students admitted to our doctoral program are required to meet the following residence requirements throughout their study:

  • Successfully complete EDACE 886 Adult Education Conference Seminar course for 3 credit hours. This course will meet face-to-face on weekends or for one week and include online course work. As a part of this course, students are required to present within a year of the course start date at a professional conference that is approved by the major professor and attended by at least one member of their doctoral committee.
  • Successfully complete a doctoral 900 level course for 3 credit hours, which will include a week on campus and pre and post online course work.

Check out these doctoral level courses:
Fall 2016
EDACE 880 Significant Literature will be offered online October 17, 2016 – December 9, 2016.
Instructor: Dr. Susan Yelich Biniecki
EDCEP 817 Statistical Methods in Education will be offered during the fall semester via Zoom.
Instructor: Dr. Tom Cioppa Thursdays, 5:30-9:30 p.m. (CDT) August 25–October 13, 2016
Spring 2017
EDACE 916 Foundations of Adult Education will be offered online with five synchronous sessions (2/28; 3/21; 4/4; 4/18; 5/2/17) and the course will meet online from February 28th through May 9, 2017.
Instructor: Dr. Jeff Zacharakis
Summer 2017, we will offer EDACE 886 Adult Education Conference Seminar course.

If you have wanted the ability to complete the doctoral program at a distance, now is the time. Applications must be complete by October 1st for consideration to start in Spring 2017.
To learn more about the doctoral program and find out if it is right for you, please send us an email

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