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MSU’s Ed.D. program garners national ranking

Morehead State University was founded more than 130 years ago as an institution with the goal of preparing educators and has since garnered an esteemed reputation for its education programs. Now, one of its post-graduate programs continues to reinforce that reputation., a website created to assist students and parents with exploring and planning for online college education, recently ranked MSU’s online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) as one of the Top 30 Online Ph.D. Programs in Curriculum and Instruction. The program ranked 19th in a list of universities across the country and was the only university from the state of Kentucky that made the list. 

The MSU Ed.D. program was first created in 2010 and includes three specialization areas: Adult and Higher Education Leadership; P-12 Administrative Leadership; and Educational Technology Leadership. The doctorate is designed to provide advanced training for P-16 and technology leaders on the job while improving educational attainment of residents in Eastern Kentucky. 

Dr. John Curry, associate professor of education and Ed.D. program coordinator, said MSU “found a niche that wasn’t being filled in academia” by creating one of the first practitioner-based programs to enhance the skill sets and abilities of those ranging from kindergarten instructors to administrative officials in the hopes of positively impacting education on all levels. 

“We try to help them be better equipped within their sphere of influence and we see that happening,” Curry said. “Our graduates are out there having a positive influence.” 

For more information on the Ed.D. program, contact Foundational and Graduate Studies in Education at 606-783-2261, email or visit