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Midwestern State University—
WICHITA FALLLS—Midwestern State University reached another historic milestone Thursday when the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) granted approval for the university’s request to begin offering a doctoral degree in educational leadership. This marks the first doctoral offering at the University.
“This is a significant accomplishment for Midwestern State University and especially for our dedicated faculty in the West College of Education,” said MSU Texas President Suzanne Shipley.
“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.
“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.”
The implementation of this doctoral program will ensure that highly qualified individuals in the North and West Central Texas workforce areas are available and competitive for top leadership positions. Job market need projections for top educational leadership positions (2018–2028) indicate an increasing demand for high-quality education administration professionals across the nation. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Selected Occupational Projections, the projected need for PK-12 education administrators will continue to increase through at least 2028.
The Dr. Billie Doris McAda Graduate School at MSU Texas has begun taking applications for the doctoral program. The deadline for Spring 2021 application is Nov. 1.