Coursework for the Ed.D. with a gerontology minor is offered in a variety of formats – completely online, at NSU’s Main Campus in South Florida, or through a combination of on-site and online (blended) classes. The distance education program at NSU’s Fischler School of Education allows busy professionals the option to complete their Ed.D. with a gerontology concentration without leaving their jobs or traveling great distances. Students may elect to take their core seminars at the sites or completely online. Concentration and elective courses will be delivered completely online.
- Online courses allow international students and those who don't live near our South Florida campuses to interact in a virtual classroom.
- Blended programs combine on-site and online instruction. On-site courses are offered periodically over weekends and supplemented with online study.
In addition to coursework, all doctoral students in the gerontology education program are required to participate in the Conference on Global Leadership, Learning, and Research in their first year of studies.
The Applied Dissertation is a detailed, accurate, and cohesive account of a scholarly investigation designed to answer one or more research questions. It is required of all FSE doctoral students and its purpose is to improve practice in education and human services. The dissertation process consists of a total of 12 credits encompassing three major benchmarks (i.e., concept paper, proposal, and final report).
ARC 8966 Applied Dissertation Seminar
1—Concept Paper (2 credits)
ARC 8967 Applied Dissertation Seminar
2—Proposal (5 credits)
ARC 8968 Applied Dissertation Seminar
3—Dissertation (5 credits)
Continuing Dissertation Services
If the program is not completed within 24 months, continuing dissertation services will begin on the 25th month. Students must enroll in ADS 8090 between the 25th and 36th months of their program and in ADS 8091 beginning the 37th month of their program in order to receive dissertation services from their committee chairs and/or the applied research center.
ADS 8090 Applied Dissertation Services I
ADS 8091 Applied Dissertation Services II
The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies program is designed for individuals with master’s degrees or higher who are interested in earning a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from among 20 fields of study. (No degree is conferred upon completion; however, credits can be applied toward a Doctor of Education degree.)
To earn a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Gerontology, students will be required to take 18 credits from the Gerontology minor.