Black Doctorates Clustered in Education, Ed.D. at Risk

This information is still timely, in 2014, as we examine the numbers of blacks with the PhD, the D.B.A. versus the Ed.D. If this degree is “needed” in order to move up the ranks in elementary and secondary education, one wonders if the degree is worth the investment of time. Would the M.Ed render black professionals in education “uncompetitive?” The question is even more complicated when one considers the prevalence of white women in the fields of education and those with doctorates, even at the elementary education level. Is this just used to be promoted?

Black on Campus

In Feburary a report on Black graduate students in the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education moved me to blog on the clustering of Black graduate students in the fields of Education and Business. You can read that blog post HERE. This issue made the news again just last week when the Baltimore Times published “Fewer Blacks Earning Degrees,” an analysis of the current state of African Americans and doctoral education, written by education advocate Jayne Matthews. Click on the highlighted title to read this article in its entirety.

Early in her piece, Matthews cites the familiar statistic, that 36.5 percent of African Americans with doctorates hold those degrees in the field of education. She then goes on to explore some of the more disturbing implications of Black clustering in that field. Matthews reveals that the pursuit of the Ed.D. as a professional degree (commonly used as…

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