A USC Degree Takes a Global Turn

March 12, 2012

USC’s acclaimed Doctor of Education degree, re-envisioned for education executives around the world, is set to start this summer in L.A. and Hong Kong
The USC Rossier School of Education is taking its acclaimed education doctorate abroad this summer with a new curriculum adapted for top executives and policymakers around the world.

Starting in July, classroom sessions for the two-year Global Executive Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program will alternate between the USC campus and Hong Kong.

The USC Rossier School will enroll 24 students, each with a decade or more of leadership experience at ministries of education, universities, school systems, NGOs and for-profit corporations.

Information sessions were held in India and the Middle East in February and will continue this month in Brunei, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

“The next generation’s education leaders need to bring a global perspective to their work,” said USC Rossier dean Karen Symms Gallagher. “This innovative program will provide future leaders with the tools they need to transform education in countries all around the world.”

The new program builds on USC Rossier’s decade-long effort to transform the Ed.D. for American practitioners into the flagship degree in education. In 2007, the USC Ed.D. program served as a case example for a nationwide initiative led by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching aimed at strengthening the education doctorate nationwide.

The Global Executive Ed.D. builds on this experience with an entirely new curriculum designed to be relevant to educators from around the world and to give leaders the skills and knowledge they need to influence change in their country’s educational systems.

“The program really takes our international focus to an entirely new level,” said Mark Robison, chair of the Global Executive Ed.D. program. “We’re preparing educational leaders from anywhere in the world to lead anywhere in the world.”

Classroom sessions will be held in one to two-week sessions four times per year. In addition, students will connect using an interactive online platform developed by 2tor, Inc., that features video, instant messaging and social media technologies and can be accessed via computer, iPhone or iPad.

The program’s centerpiece is the Dissertation of Practice, which combines a student’s dissertation research into their coursework over the span of the two-year program. Students use real data to devise solutions to problems plaguing educational systems in their countries and around the world.

“As educational leaders, we confront a combination of problems, some of which are enduring while others are new, and they exist in settings that are integrally tied to one another by forces that transcend any given location or setting,” said Melora A. Sundt, vice dean for academic programs and professor of clinical education at USC Rossier.

“The more we can learn from what is happening around the world, the more likely we are to find solutions,” she said.

Applications for the new Global Executive Ed.D. program are being accepted until April 23.

For more information, visit rossier.usc.edu/academic/global-edd/

Contact: Merrill Balassone at (213) 740-6156 or balasson@usc.edu