Adult Education Guided Intensive Study (AEGIS)

AEGIS is a highly selective, fast-track cohort program leading to the Ed.D. in Adult Education Guided Intensive Study for mid-career professionals who work full time, and who choose to pursue a doctorate in a concentrated format. The program emphasizes leadership for adult and organizational learning. Scholar practitioners are helped to examine and critique theory and professional experience. The program is designed for experienced, self-directed professionals capable of completing a rigorous program emphasizing guided independent study. Coursework is completed over a two-year period (seven semesters). AEGIS courses are not open to students from other programs.

A new cohort begins in June of even years (i.e., 2022). Participants attend a concentrated two-week session at Teachers College in each of three summers. During the academic year, they meet for Friday evening and Saturday seminars four times each semester for a total of four semesters. Due to state requirements attendance in all class sessions is mandatory. Absence will result in having to withdraw from the AEGIS program ("step out") with some possibility of reenrolling with a subsequent cohort (at the same stage of progress through the sequence). Should a student step out of the program, tuition refund, if any, will be handled on a case by case basis. 

Tuition in AEGIS involves a flat fee for semester that remains the same throughout the seven semesters of the program based on a total cost of 51 credits of coursework plus many extras. No additional registration fees are charged. For the last cohort the fee was $12,979 per semester. Upon the completion of the seven-semester curriculum, students will be required to register independently for either ORLD 7900 or ORLD 8900 for dissertation advisement (with the tuition fee equivalent of 3 points) until they are ready to defend. The dissertation process takes at least another year and a half to two years following completion of course work.


AEGIS Virtual Information Sessions

The Adult Learning and Leadership Program will be holding AEGIS virtual informations during the Fall 2021 semester.  During these sessions, Adult Learning and Leadership​ program faculty members ​will provide an overview of the Adult Education Guided Intensive Study (AEGIS) ​​​​Doctor of Education (EdD) degree program. This online events will​​ give you an opportunity to​ ask questions about the doctoral program, the admission process, and ​financial aid. To participate in these sessions, ​​​​please register below! 

Wednesday, November 3 (12 - 1 PM EST):  AEGIS Virtual Information Session: View the  Recording Online
Tuesday, December 7 (12 - 1 PM EST)AEGIS Virtual Information Session

AEGIS XXVII Full Schedule* 2022 to 2024

NOTE: Unless Teachers College determines otherwise (dependent on the status of Covid-19), IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY for all of the following scheduled except for the orientation on 5/14/22 and the welcome reception on 6/10/22.



Virtual Orientation     

Saturday, May 14th, 2022

Summer 2022

Saturday, June 11 – Sunday, June 26

Fall 2022


September 16-17

October 14-15

November 11-12

December 9-10

Spring 2023


February 10-11

March 10-11

April 14-15

May 12-13

Summer 2023

Saturday, June 10 – Sunday, June 25

Take-Home Certification Exam: August 11-14

(receive exam on Friday morning, return on Monday morning)

Fall 2023


September 8-9

October 6-7

November 3-4

December 1-2

Spring 2024


February 9-10

March 8-9

April 5-6

May 3-4

Summer 2024

Saturday, June 15 –  Sunday, June 30


*Due to weather, dates are subject to change

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