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2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Curriculum and Instruction (Ed.D.)

The Curriculum and Instruction   Ed.D. program is directed by a minimum of five members of the university graduate faculty, including a major professor with substantial expertise in the area of emphasis, two other faculty members with strengths in the area of emphasis, one faculty member outside the student’s specialization, and one faculty member, appointed by the dean of the Graduate School, from another department within the College of Education who serves as the chair of the examination committee for the oral defense of the dissertation.

Each student’s program of study is individualized with the approval of the major professor and the supervisory committee to optimize the student’s interests, expertise, and professional goals.

Information on the Ed.D. programs may be obtained from the College of Education Office of Graduate Studies in 018 Bluemont Hall or from the relevant department chair.

Credit hour requirements

A minimum of 94 semester hours beyond the baccalaureate degree, including the following:

Foundations (12 credit hours)

For each foundations category, take the course listed or its equivalent:

A. Historical and philosophical analysis of educational ideas and practice

B. Techniques and interpretation of educational research

C. Social science explanations of educating a diverse society

D. Psychological bases of educational thought and practice

Research courses (6 credit hours)

Research courses concerning methodology consistent with that required for the dissertation.

Clinical experience (12 credit hours)

Area of emphasis (48 credit hours)

Preliminary examination

Satisfactory completion of all segments of a monitored, written examination of at least 12 hours over all areas of the program of study, 3 of which must be over the foundation courses.

Dissertation research (16 credit hours)

Completion of a dissertation which treats an important topic of professional education practice using a systematic methodology consistent with accepted research paradigms; the dissertation must be successfully defended in a public, oral defense.