Nursing Department

Ed.D Nursing Program

Welcome to Western Connecticut State University’s Ed.D in Nursing Program!

Prospective Applicants: Please contact me if interested in applying to the Ed.D in Nursing Program to be sure I receive your application materials in a timely manner.

    Dr. Linda Warren
    Ed.D Coordinator
    Warrenl@wcsu.educreate new email

Thank you Dr. Linda Warren, Ed.D., RN, MSN, CCRN

It is with great excitement that we announce this collaborative Ed.D. in Nursing Education Program! To address the nursing shortage one must address the nursing faculty shortage. A group of innovative faculty from Western Connecticut State University and Southern Connecticut State University envisioned a program to address this need. Cohorts begin every fall.

Western Connecticut State University is now part of the SARA agreement. 

Learn more about our Ed.D program:

Why Western Connecticut State University for your Ed.D in Nursing Education?

  • Every course prepares you to TEACH
  • Universally accepted for tenure track
  • Degree within the Nursing discipline
  • DNP not designed to prepare you for faculty role
  • Flexible

It is important that we continue to promote academic progression and the creation of new educational models that move graduates to advanced degrees more efficiently. It is vital that we work to attract nurses to  nursing education or we will continue to have challenges in the nursing workforces of the future. Multiple points of entry into the nursing profession and innovative educational programs that provide opportunities for lifelong learning and academic progression with result in a more educated and diverse workforce and an increase in nurse educators.

WCSU’s Nursing graduate programs have a proven track record of success. Embarking on graduate study is a life-changing decision. If we can be of assistance to you in helping you to decide whether WCSU’s program is for you, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Linda Warrencreate new email.

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Ed.D in Nursing Education: Doctoral Preparation for Nurse Educators

Nursing faculty at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) and Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) have collaboratively developed a Doctorate (Ed.D.) in Nursing Education — the only one of its kind in the state of Connecticut and one of few across the country uniquely designed to prepare nurses for academic faculty roles.

The program, which builds on the Connecticut State University System’s (CSUS) long-standing tradition of excellence in preparing educators and nurses, offers individuals with clinical expertise and a master’s degree in nursing an innovative doctoral program focused on the necessary content and skills required to be effective faculty members, advance the science of nursing education, and transform the education of future nurses.

To meet the needs of busy professionals, this program is offered online. Three, three-day online residencies will occur from August year (1) through year (3).

The overall purpose of this program is to prepare individuals for the faculty role in nursing education.

  • Synthesize concepts and theories from nursing, higher education, and related disciplines as a foundation for enacting the nurse educator role.
  • Demonstrate expertise in designing, implementing, evaluation, and improving nursing education to reflect trends in higher education, healthcare, and nursing practice.
  • Use knowledge of ethical, social, global, cultural, political, and economic issues affecting nursing education to provide effective leadership.
  • Contribute to the advancement of the science of nursing education through intellectual inquiry and creative scholarship.
  • Provide professional leadership to effect change in nursing education through service to the profession.
  • Function collaboratively in the faculty role within a community of scholars.


The proposed 51-credit program consists of five major components, listed below in the required sequence:

Foundations of Teaching in Higher Education (each course is 3 credits; 9 credits total)

• NUR 800 Ethical/Legal, Political and Social Issues Affecting Higher Education

• NUR 801 Theories of Teaching and Learning in Adult and Higher Education

• NUR 802 Methods of Teaching and Evaluation

Specialization in Nursing Education (each course is 3 credits; 9 credits total)

• NUR 803 Curriculum Development, Implementation, and Evaluation in Nursing

• NUR 804 Nursing Faculty Role in Higher Education

• NUR 805 Classroom, Clinical Teaching and Evaluation in Nursing Education

Leadership in Nursing Education (each course is 3 credits; 9 credits total)

• NUR 806 Leadership Theories and Concepts

• NUR 807 Leadership in Nursing Education

• NUR 808 Doctoral Synthesis (practicum of 120 hours)

Science of Nursing Education Research (each course is 3 credits; 12 credits total)

• NUR 809 State of Science of Nursing Education Research

• NUR 810 Quantitative Methods in Nursing Education Research

• NUR 811 Qualitative Method in Nursing Education Research

• NUR 812 Statistical Analysis in Educational Research

Dissertation Phase (each course is 3 credits; 9-12 credits total)

• NUR 813 Dissertation Seminar

• NUR 814 Dissertation Advisement I

• NUR 815 Dissertation Advisement II

• NUR 816 Dissertation Advisement III

• NUR 817 Ongoing Dissertation Advisement