Doctor of Education Program
Applicants for admission to the Doctor of Education degree program must be in good standing in the graduate school of an accredited institution.
Admission to the Graduate School does not imply admission to the Doctor of Education degree. Students desiring to pursue graduate work for which they have not completed the prerequisites will be required to make up deficiencies. Specific program requirements and details are outlined under the Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) section of this bulletin and on the following pages.
Candidates must earn a minimum of 99 hours of graduate credit beyond the bachelor’s degree. This quantitative requirement is a minimum, as the quantity of coursework to be completed by each candidate is arranged individually by the advisory committee, subject to the approval of the graduate dean, and may be modified both as to quantity and as to type during the progress of the student's coursework.
Advisory committees will consist of at least three members. Members who possess expertise in students’ major areas of concentration will be selected by students in consultation with the director of the Center for Excellence in Education. Two members must be faculty from the Center for Excellence in Education. The names will be forwarded to the graduate dean for official appointment. No committee is considered constituted without the final written approval of the dean of the Graduate School.
Membership of advisory committees may be changed if either the student or a member of their committee feels that such a change is appropriate, and the requested change is approved by the Director of the Center for Excellence in Education and the graduate dean. Such a change will not be approved except in clearly unusual circumstances. If approval is given, the student will be notified in writing by the Graduate School.
As the successful completion of 12 semester hours approaches, students should file a degree plan listing all courses completed and to be completed. This plan must be approved by the advisory committee and submitted to the graduate dean for approval. The dean will notify the applicant after the degree plan has been approved. Students will not be permitted to register for more than a cumulative total of 12 semester hours before an approved degree plan is on file in the Graduate School
The Ed.D. Program consists of a minimum of 99 credits beyond the bachelor's degree. Students who have not completed the master's degree will be encouraged to do so prior to pursuing admission to the doctorate. Although all appropriate graduate credits from master's and beyond will be transferred to the Ed.D., all students must complete the doctoral knowledge core courses and dissertation which total 45 credits plus the necessary prerequisites. Students enrolled in the Ed.D. program who receive four hours with a grade of "C" or lower in the Doctoral Knowledge Core or a grade of "F" will be dismissed from the program. Students will be held responsible for the content of each course placed on the program of study through written examination.
Comprehensive Examination Structure
The comprehensive examination for the Ed.D. has multiple parts; the students must choose three of four options.
- Individual written exam
- Cohort project
- Portfolio or
Prior to committing to the options, students are advised to consult the department handbook and confer with their faculty advisers. Any failed portion may be repeated once but the student may be directed by the program advisory committee to take additional coursework. If the examination or any portion thereof is failed a second time, the student will be dismissed from the program. The re-examination on any portion failed must be successfully passed within the next consecutive full semester.
Failure to pass the comprehensive examination the second time terminates the degree program and the student will be dismissed from the program. Upon successful completion of the examination, the program advisory committee will endorse advancement to candidacy. Students must complete all portions of the comprehensive examination by December 31 following the last semester in which the student completes the block.
Admission To Candidacy
Students may apply for admission to candidacy upon satisfactory completion of the comprehensive examination. Students may not apply for candidacy while on probation or with a GPA of less than 3.00.
Doctoral students must maintain continuous enrollment subsequent to passing the comprehensive examination. Students maintaining continuous enrollment must register for a minimum of one semester hour of research (ELAD 8xxV) or dissertation (ELAD 889V) credit during each regular semester, including at least one summer term each year, until the dissertation has been accepted by the graduate dean. Doctoral students who are granted an extension to complete the dissertation beyond the allocated four year period of time must enroll in six credit hours for each consecutive semester (Fall, Spring, Summer I or II) until the completion or termination of doctoral status.
Time to Degree
All requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed within a period of four (4) years from the last semester in which the student completes the doctoral knowledge core courses. A student who has not completed the dissertation four years from the last semester in which the student completed the knowledge core courses has two options to extend the time to degree. Time limits are strictly monitored. Students exceeding the time limit may be required to repeat the comprehensive examination, replace out-of-date credits with up-to-date work, and/or show other evidence of being current in their major and minor fields. Students anticipating that they will exceed the time limit should apply for an extension.
Holding a full-time job is not in itself considered sufficient grounds for requesting an extension. Time spent in obligated military service of the United States will not be considered in computing these time limits. However, career members of the armed forces should consult the graduate dean concerning credit given to work completed before entering active service.
The faculty approved the following procedure to operationalize the "Time to Degree" policy:
- Students who have not completed the dissertation four years from the last semester in which the student completes the knowledge core courses have two options to extend the time to degree.
- Doctoral students who have completed a dissertation proposal that has been accepted by the committee prior to the expiration date will be granted a one year extension upon com-mittee approval.
- For those individuals who have not had a proposal approved by their committee, a two year extension may be granted contingent upon committee approval with the completion of additional prescribed course work and a retake of the written comprehensive examination.