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Degree Requirements

Program of Study Requirement

The required coursework is as follows:

  • The School of Education core doctoral seminars—two (2) x three (3) semester hour seminars in education, including: EDUC 510 – Introduction to Doctoral Studies in Education; and either EDUC 511 - Doctoral Seminar in Philosophical & Cultural Foundations of Education or EDUC 512 - Doctoral Seminar in Behavioral & Learning Foundations of Education. These must be taken after the student has been accepted into the SoE doctoral program.
  • Research methods courses —See next section for more information.
  • Core coursework in the concentration area— the number of hours required varies by department (or concentration); departmental (or concentration) core coursework must be completed before preliminary examinations (see specific departments (or concentrations) for core requirements).
  • Elective courses—the number of hours required varies by department (or concentration). The student’s doctoral committee must approve elective courses.
  • Dissertation hours—a minimum of 24 semester hours must be devoted to dissertation work. No doctoral student is allowed to register for more the six dissertation hours until candidacy has been achieved.

Transfer credit hours are subject to approval by each student's doctoral committee. All graduate credit hours earned at an accredited university that have not been applied toward fulfillment of requirements for another degree are eligible for consideration but cannot apply to the residency requirement set by the Graduate School (see Graduate Catalog). No credit will be given for transfer courses in which a student has earned less than a B grade. Prerequisite courses required as a condition of admission may not be included in the minimum credit hour requirement.

Research Methods Requirement

The Ph.D. in Education is a research-oriented degree. The research methods requirement is an integral part of the student’s program and is intended to allow the student to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct systematic intellectual inquiry.

Specific technical and methodological competencies are developed through research methods coursework. Some classes are required of all students, while others are chosen for their relevancy to the area of concentration and individual student’s research interests. They must be successfully completed before preliminary examinations. These classes should prepare a student with the skills and competencies necessary to:

  • Pose a research problem or question grounded in the current research literature.
  • Identify a data collection system or strategy appropriate to the identified problem or question.
  • Analyze and interpret data presented in a variety of formats.
  • Craft meaningful conclusions relative to collected data, theoretical frameworks, conceptual models, or current practice.
  • Communicate research results in a professional and competent manner.

All students must complete at least nine (9) credit hours in approved courses to fulfill the Research Methods Requirement. All students are required to take EAHE 587 (Introduction to Qualitative Research), EDUC 505 (Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods in Education), and one additional cross-departmental graduate-level course in research methodology. Students with previous coursework in introductory research methods can petition to replace these introductory courses with higher-level research methodology coursework. (See Appendix A for a listing of suggested courses in Quantitative, Qualitative, Mixed Methods and Historiography.) Some academic concentrations may require additional research methods courses. Some student’s doctoral committees may encourage or require them to take additional methodology coursework, beyond their program’s minimum research requirements.

Residency Requirement

The residency requirement for the doctoral degree must be fulfilled after admission to the program and prior to advancement to candidacy (i.e., by the time students have successfully passed the preliminary examination). Residency is met by completing 24 graduate credit hours on campus as a doctoral student within a period not to exceed four calendar years. Transfer credits do not apply to residency.

No more than six semester-hours of deferred dissertation credit may be applied toward the fulfillment of the 24 semester hour residency requirement.

Credit hours earned in concentrated courses and workshops may apply toward fulfillment of the residency requirements if the student is concurrently registered for a course spanning the full term.

No more than six semester hours of short course or workshop credit may be applied to the 24 semester hour residency requirement.