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Joint Doctor of Education in Agricultural Education

Career growth does not have to be limited by your location. The Doc@Distance program allows you to earn the degree wherever you are. Program graduates can find employment in a variety of instructional, supervisory, and administrative positions across the education and training professions.

Program Overview

  • 64 credit hours
  • The program will employ a variety of delivery methods with the primary tools being Blackboard (a virtual learning environment used to access course material) and Interactive Video Conferencing (ITV). During the first two years of the program, students will have at least one live course delivered via interactive video and one asynchronous course each semester. In addition to courses, the cohort will work together on a regular basis including face-to-face meetings at campus or profession-related locations.
  • Cohort students follow a predetermined schedule of courses. Course rotation and host University for each class varies by cohort.
  • Semester-based courses align with the Academic Calendar of Texas Tech University. Applications will be accepted beginning January 3, 2011 until April 1, 2011. A new cohort will be admitted every two years (e.g. 2013, 2015).

Current and Former Students Include:

  • 4-H youth specialists
  • Community college faculty
  • Extension county directors
  • Extension county directors
  • High school agriculture science educators
  • Historical center directors
  • Non-profit organization directors
  • University instructors and faculty
Related online programs:
Master of Agriculture
Master of Science in Agricultural Education

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Contact the program coordinator by phone.

  • Name: Dr. David Doerfert
  • Phone: 806.742.2816

Application Process

Applications will be accepted beginning January 3, 2011 until April 1, 2011. A new cohort will be admitted every two years (e.g. 2013, 2015).

  1. Follow the admissions procedures of Texas Tech University Graduate School and Texas A &M University Graduate School.
    • Each Institution requires the payment of an application fee.
    • Students must submit Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores to the Graduate School. Scores must be less than five years old at the time of application.
    • International students: you must also submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score to both Graduate Schools
  2. In addition to the online application, you must submit an electronic portfolio to each institution.
    • The portfolio will include cover a page, statement of intent/purpose, letters of support from employer and family, five letters of recommendation, portfolio of writing samples (statement of purpose counts as one writing sample), and complete curriculum vita.
    • The Portfolio will also include a three to five minute digital video of yourself where you share (a) general information about yourself, (b) strategies that you have used to achieve career success to-date, (c) how the Doc@Distance program fits into your short, intermediate, and long-term career goals, and (d) details on how you plan to manage your time and priorities in order to successfully complete requirements of the degree program.
  3. Apply for financial aid and/or general scholarships.
    • Financial aid is distributed based on full-time enrollment and several other eligibility requirements. Your enrolled hours as of the 12th day of class in the fall and spring semesters determines your enrollment status for the semester, and financial aid is disbursed accordingly. Attending less than full-time could mean a reduction in aid. Learn more.
  4. Check your admissions status. Texas Tech University will notify you of your admissions status by updating the Applications tab in your Raiderlink.

Program Requirements

Program Requirements (64 credit hours)*
Core (29 credit hours)
Year One
Fall 2009 Research (TAMU)
History / Philosophy (TTU)
Spring 2010 Statistics (TAMU)
Leadership (TTU)
Summer 2010 Technology Transfer (TTU)
Seminar (TAMU)
Year Two
Fall 2010 Program Planning (TTU)
Adult Education (TAMU)
Seminar (TTU)
Spring 2011 Evaluation (TTU)
Teaching Theory (TAMU)
Qualifying Exams

Qualifying exams will be taken prior to the completion of 30 credit hours of coursework; exams will be administered as pre-session at the 2010 National AAAE Conference. If a passing score is not achieved, students will have the opportunity to apply the completed coursework towards a related master's degree from one of the institutions.

Program-Specific (35 credit hours)*
Year Three
Summer 2011 Seminar (TAMU Extension)
Internship
Fall 2011 Support Field** (TAMU)
Support Field** (TTU)
Seminar (TTU)
Spring 2012 Support Field** (TAMU)
Support Field** (TTU)
Seminar (TAMU)
Summer 2012 Internship
Seminar (TTU)
Year Four
Fall 2012 Dissertation (TAMU)
Dissertation (TTU)
Spring 2012 Dissertation (TAMU)
Dissertation (TTU)

*TTU=Texas Tech University TAMU=Texas A&M University

**Support field coursework will be in research, data analysis, agricultural communications, leadership and extension.

Required Face-to-Face Meetings
  • Induction Program: August 2009, Lubbock, TX
  • National AAAE Conference: May 2010, Chicago, IL
  • Campus-based Meeting: December 2010, College Station, TX
  • National AAAE Conference: May 2011, Western Region
  • Pre-session qualifying exams required.
  • Induction Program: August 2011, Lubbock, TX
  • National AAAE Conference: May 2012 in Southern Region
  • Campus-based Meeting: December 2012, College Station, TX

*Attendance to face-to-face meeting is required; cost incurred for travel is the responsibility of the student. Additional travel by some individuals may be required at the request of the chair or committee.

Technology Requirements

Students must have the hardware and software skill set as well as access to the appropriate technology. The individual applicant's ability to successfully connect to the program's various technology systems will be tested prior to granting final admission to the program.