Education, Development, and Community Engagement

Within the EDCE Graduate Program, we develop the capacity of people to be positive agents of change in their communities. We do this through applied research and comprehensive education, so that knowledge is translated into action.

The EDCE graduate program prepares graduates for employment in college and university programs, non-formal educational settings (e.g., family and youth programming), state-level administration, local-level administration, private industry, and international education.

Program Tracks

EDCE has three unique program tracks for Master's and Doctorate level education:

Program Description

In the EDCE Graduate Program, we support and develop your capacity to be an agent of change. You will leave the program with a mastery of applied research and actionable scholarship, translating your findings into real world applications. This program offers the unique opportunity to develop a personalized degree around your interests and goals. We tailor your learning experiences so you are equipped to do the work you are called to do.

Our graduate students are already leaders and change-makers, representing community builders, international researchers, extension educators, and Peace Corps volunteers. They come to this program to:

  • deepen their capacity for impact and measurable outcomes in their work
  • receive training that enables them to access career opportunities where they can do their most impactful work

Our faculty practices the essential, diverse, and comprehensive disciplines necessary to build communities of engaged citizens. This allows us to support our students' educational goals.

Our faculty expertise includes:

  • community development
  • youth leadership development
  • research methods and statistics
  • extension education
  • intergenerational studies
  • family studies
  • agricultural education

Our alumni represent successful contributors as citizens and leaders around the world. They are the teachers of teachers, creating healthy and sustainable communities, educators, and leaders. They include:

  • Academic Scholars and Professors
  • NGO Leaders
  • Internationals NGO staff
  • Outreach and Extension Professionals
  • Program Evaluators
  • Formal and nonformal educators