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Doctor of Education - 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.
  • Advancement to Candidacy: cohort members will be considered to have advanced to degree candidacy when both the comprehensive exams has been passed, and the candidate has successfully defended a dissertation proposal.
  • The Dissertation: by the end of the second summer of study, candidates will have devised a proposal for research. Candidates will form a Dissertation 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. Typically the Dissertation proposal consists of the first three chapters of the dissertation: Introduction, Literature Review, and Research Methodology. Once approved by the committee and IRB approval completed, the candidate is authorized to conduct the study. Candidates are encouraged to secure one member outside the College of Education. Candidates may secure one member external to the university.
  • 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.