Students must complete at
least 48 credits of coursework, with an additional 24 credits of dissertation
research. The minimum of 48 credits of coursework includes:
At least 9 credits in research methods including courses in two of the following three areas:
quantitative foundations (3), qualitative foundations (3), and program
evaluation (3). The remaining 3 credits of methodology may be taken within
the program area, or as an elective taken outside the program but with the
At least 9 credits distributed among three of
these four areas: learning in a content area (3), policy and leadership
(3), social and philosophical foundations (3), and psychological
foundations (3). These credits will be outside the student's own program.
At least 30 credits in the area of
specialization, according to requirements established by each program.
Before dissertation candidacy, students must complete a relevant
predissertation project culminating in a written product. Projects will be
developed in consultation with a project adviser and in accordance with
program guidelines. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least
3.25 in the doctoral coursework and dissertation research courses.
Students who have not completed the dissertation
after 24 credits of 700-level research, but are actively working toward that
goal, will continue to register for 700-level research courses as recommended
by the committee chair. All degree candidates must be registered continuously
in the Graduate School of Education in the manner described under Continuous Registration in the Academic Policies
and Procedures chapter.
department may set a higher minimum for any curriculum for which it is
responsible and may require any particular student to earn more than the
minimum credits specified for his or her curriculum.
Transfer of Credit
Students may petition program faculty to transfer up to 18 credits of coursework taken
at an accredited institution to be accepted as meeting any of the course
requirements for the doctor of education degree. If a doctoral student is
eligible to take work elsewhere for use toward a Graduate School of Education
degree, prior approval must be obtained from his or her adviser and department
chair before registering at another school.