Immaculata Joins University Center Initiative, Offers Doctor in Education Program in Blue Bell

by Alana J. Mauger

Immaculata University has joined Montgomery County Community College’s University Center initiative and will soon offer its Doctor of Education in Higher Education (Ed.D.) program at the College’s Central Campus in Blue Bell.

First introduced in 2006, the College’s University Center framework offers an entrepreneurial approach to expanding higher education opportunities for residents of Montgomery County and surrounding areas. Through partnerships with four-year institutions, students can choose from eight bachelor’s degrees, two master’s degrees, one graduate certificate, and now – for the first time – a doctorate.

“These partnerships are so important in higher education, and they show a great deal of entrepreneurship,” said Dr. Karen A. Stout, President. “The University Center framework builds crucial pathways by which our students and faculty, and the community at large, can conveniently pursue advanced degrees from our outstanding partner colleges and universities.”

While the institutions have enjoyed a long-standing and popular transfer agreement that paves the way for the College’s associate’s degree graduates to seamlessly transfer into bachelor’s degree programs at Immaculata, this is the first time Immaculata will have a physical presence in Blue Bell.

“This agreement with MCCC is really what we were hoping for when we developed the new degree in Higher Education,” said Sr. R. Patricia Fadden, IHM, Ed.D., president of Immaculata University. “MCCC is our first partner in this program, and we’re very excited to bring it to the Montgomery County community.”

Immaculata’s Ed.D. in Higher Education program is designed for higher education administrators and faculty who are seeking to advance their career opportunities by expanding their knowledge of current trends in higher education and developing leadership skills. The program is also ideal for individuals working in related fields who are seeking a career change.

The program features a hybrid course model that blends online with face-to-face interaction; a cohort model that builds a learning community among students; and a practicum experience that enables doctoral students to demonstrate and apply their knowledge while networking in their field.

Immaculata University joins four existing University Center partners — Albright College, which offers courses at the College’s campuses in Blue Bell and Pottstown, and Chestnut Hill College, Temple University and Villanova University, which offer courses at the College’s West Campus in Pottstown.

To learn more about the University Center initiative, visit www.mc3.edu/academics/university-center.aspx.

To learn more about Immaculata University’s Doctor of Education program, visit www.immaculata.edu.

Montgomery County Community College President Dr. Karen A. Stout and Immaculata President Sr. R. Patricia Fadden, IHM, Ed.D., sign the University Center partnership agreement on Feb. 1. Photo by Sandi Yanisko

Montgomery County Community College President Dr. Karen A. Stout and Immaculata President Sr. R. Patricia Fadden, IHM, Ed.D., sign the University Center partnership agreement on Feb. 1. Photo by Sandi Yanisko

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