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August 2nd, 2011
Texas State adds doctorates in developmental education


Texas State University will offer two doctoral programs in developmental education in the 2011 fall semester.

The new degree programs will be offered because developmental education is a critical field and will serve state and national workforce needs, according to university officials.

“Studies indicate that we require a workforce with higher education attainment,” said Texas State Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Gene Bourgeois. “But, at the same time, we are seeing smaller numbers of high school graduates who are prepared to do college work. We believe our new doctoral programs in developmental education will produce leaders who can help bridge that gap.”

The two degree programs, authorized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, include a doctor of philosophy degree and a doctor of education degree.

The doctor of philosophy degree in developmental education is intended to produce researchers, university faculty and scholars qualified to construct a strong research and theoretical foundation for developmental education. The doctor of education degree is designed to produce leaders, managers and workers in the field of developmental education.

Texas State’s doctor of philosophy degree in development education will be the first of its kind in the nation, and the university’s doctor of education degree in developmental education will be the second in the nation, according to Texas State officials.

“Developmental education programs can help under-prepared students achieve post-secondary success,” Bourgeois said. “The consequences of maintaining the status quo are reduced state and national per capita income, and wasted human capital.”

The aforementioned degree programs will call for 48-66 credit hours, depending on a candidate’s academic preparation, scholarly accomplishments, experience and professional goals, according to university officials.

Texas State now offers the only master’s degree program in developmental education in the state, according to university officials, who said the school now offers 11 doctoral programs.

The new doctoral programs will be housed in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in Texas State’s College of Education. For further information, contact the department at (512) 245-2157.

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