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Special Degree Requirements

Academic Progress
 

  • Candidates must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA throughout. When a candidate’s GPA falls below a 3.0, he/she is placed on academic probation and has a maximum of two semesters of graduate study (including summer) to achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0. If after two semesters, a candidate has not achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0, he/she will be dismissed from the program. Any candidate who earns a course grade below a C will be dismissed from the program. Appeals for probation and dismissal can be considered by the Dean’s office if extraordinary circumstances exist.
  • Preliminary Examinations: By the end of the first spring of study, candidates will take a preliminary examination of not less than four written prompts constructed by the program instructors. Three instructors will assess the examination, and candidates must receive a passing score from at least two of three scorers to remain in the program. Candidates receiving an unsatisfactory score may continue in the program on probation, must take the preliminary examination a second time by the end of the following semester (including summer), and must receive a passing score as noted above. A second failure of the preliminary examination will result in program dismissal.
  • Advancement to Candidacy: at the end of the second fall of study, candidates will take comprehensive examinations based upon program study to date. Satisfactory performance on the comprehensive examinations as assessed by at least two of three scorers will advance the candidate to degree candidacy. Candidates not advancing to candidacy will be dismissed from the program.
  • The Prospectus: at the end of the second summer of study, candidates will have devised a proposal for research. Concurrent with the Capstone Seminar, candidates will form a Prospectus Committee of three (3) professors, one of whom will have agreed to serve as Chair, and will present and have approved by them a research topic and proposal for the dissertation. One member of the committee should be expert in the Proposal Methodology to be used in the study. Typically the prospectus consists of the draft of the first three chapters of the dissertation: Introduction, Literature Review, and Research Methodology. Once approved, the candidate is authorized to conduct the study, subject to university research protocols. Candidates are encouraged to secure one member outside the College of Education. Candidates may secure one member external to the university. The Dissertation Committee shall be fully constituted no later than three months following approval of the proposal. All doctoral committee members must be approved by the established procedures of the program.
  • Authorization for publication of all or a portion of the dissertation prior to its successful defense must be discussed between the candidate and the Dissertation Committee chair.
  • The Dissertation Defense: upon completion of all examinations, coursework and research, the  candidate will present the final study to the Dissertation Committee, which will then determine the quality and success of the presentation and defense, directing any changes and edits as necessary. The Doctor of Education degree is the highest degree awarded by the university and is granted only upon sufficient evidence of high attainment in scholarship and the ability to engage in independent research. Dissertations must be successfully presented and unanimously approved by the Dissertation Committee for degree completion.