TIMES RECORD NEWS STAFF REPORT | SEPTEMBER 4, 2020
Midwestern State University announced they are adding the university’s first doctoral program.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) approved a request Thursday for MSU to offer a doctoral degree in educational leadership.
“This is a significant accomplishment for Midwestern State University and especially for our dedicated faculty in the West College of Education. We are now able to provide our community of educators with a significant level of academic attainment. The pursuit of an advanced degree in education will enhance the abilities of teachers across our region while also maximizing the talents of MSU professors,” said MSU Texas President Suzanne Shipley. “I am grateful for the creativity and energy required of Dean Matthew Capps and the faculty of the West College of Education to achieve this historic advancement of our university’s role. We look forward to welcoming MSU’s first doctoral students in January 2021.”
MSU Texas Provost and Vice President James Johnston presented the possibility at the August 2019 Board of Regents meeting.
“This is a historic moment for MSU Texas. The addition of terminal degrees aligns with the university’s current strategic plan and is consistent with our mission to provide our students with rigorous undergraduate and graduate education. Our ability to successfully navigate the approval process with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and SACSCOC in the midst of this pandemic is yet another example of the ‘can do’ spirit of this great University,” Johnston said.
The new Ed.D. program will specialize in public school administration and will be open to individuals who hold a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, instructional technology, adult and higher education, and education administration.
The MSU Texas Ed.D. program is designed to prepare students for executive leadership positions in education.
MSU Texas said the new program ensures that highly qualified candidates from the north and west-central Texas areas are available and competitive for top leadership positions in the field of education.
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