Columbus State to Offer Doctor of Education Degree

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Columbus State University today received approval to offer its first doctoral program.

The University System of Georgia Board of Regents gave the go-ahead for Columbus State’s Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Leadership program.

“This changes the face and culture of CSU and is a monumental occurrence in this school’s 51-year history,” said David Rock, dean of the College of Education and Health Professions. “Our faculty and graduate students will be conducting research at the highest level, which will raise the level of preK-12 student and teacher performance in this region and impact the profession nationwide.”

The 63 credit-hour program begins in January with a curriculum track for teacher leaders and a separate leadership track for principals, other school administrators and school district officials.

“The pieces for a doctoral program were already in place when I came here three years ago,” said Rock. “We have high-caliber faculty, strong graduate programs, and this region needs this doctoral program. Our local educators’ closest options have presented significant barriers: Auburn with its cost and Georgia State with its commuting distance.”

CSU is adding four new courses and will hire two additional professors in preparation to deliver the program.

Educational leadership professor and College of Education and Health Professions Graduate Studies Director Tom Hackett will direct the program, which is expected to enroll 25 candidates in its first year and 60 by year three.

“(Retired President) Frank Brown deserves credit for setting the program’s foundation, and (current president) Dr. (Tim) Mescon has been instrumental in providing the momentum to see this through,” said Rock, who will teach courses in research, including multivariate statistics.

Mescon called the doctorate “truly a tipping point for Columbus State University. A critical component of our strategic plan calls for delivering targeted, graduate programs. The delivery of our first-ever doctoral program represents a resounding institutional endorsement by the Board of Regents and the University System of Georgia. I am most appreciative of the leadership provided by Dean Rock, Dr. Hackett and the entire faculty in the College of Education and Health Professions.”

Admission requirements include a 3.5 GPA through a master’s degree from an accredited school and four years of professional service.

Columbus State’s College of Education and Health Professions ( supports 16 undergraduate programs, and the new Ed.D. represents the college’s 25th graduate program.

For further information about the program, call 706-568-2301.