Fall 2013 *ED 547 ST – Seminar in School Leadership
*ED 508 O – History  and Philosophy of Education
Spring 2014 *ED 503 O – Foundations of Ed Measurement
*ED 718 O –  Values and Ethics in ED
Summer 2014 *ED 506 O – School Law
Fall 2014 *ED 845 ST – Special  Topics in School Admin. I
*ED 510 O – Applications of Ed. Research
Spring 2015 *ED 846 ST –  Special Topics in School Admin. II
ED 747 ST –  Personnel Mgt
Summer 2015 *ED 745 ST – Leadership, Comm. and Decision-making
Fall 2015 ED 750 ST –  Organization. and Admin. of K-12 Schools
*ED  714 O –  Qualitative Research Methods
Spring 2016 ED 746 O – Financial Management Concepts
*ED 850 ST – Quan. Research Methods I
Summer 2016 ED 546 ST –  Anal., Innov. and Eval. Of Curriculum
*ED 820 ST – Policy and Public Relations.
Fall 2016 ED 666 ST –  School Leader’s Role in Spec Ed
*ED 851 ST – Quan. Research Methods II
Notes: *Indicates a required course

Section “O” designates an online course

This does not include dissertation phase


Doctoral candidacy occurs upon successful completion of the comprehensive examination and requires continuous enrollment.


Candidacy requires students to enroll continuously in an ED 901, 902, 903, and 999 sequence of dissertation seminars for a minimum of 18 credits. The process of working on the dissertation should be a continuous one, and these courses are more in the nature of highly individualized independent studies than seminars. Students should observe the following sequence of registration for dissertation study:

ED 901            3 credits

ED 902            3 credits

ED 903            3 credits (Students who not successfully defend the dissertation proposal after the end of ED 902 must maintain continuous enrollment in ED 903 until the dissertation proposal has been accepted following a formal defense.)

ED 999A         6 credits (must be taken for six credits)

ED 999A         6 credits (must be taken for six credits)

ED 999B         3 credits (Students will take this course for additional semesters as needed until the dissertation is completed.)


The dissertation experience requires a minimum of 18 semester hours. Students should enroll in ED 901 (3 credits) immediately after successful completion of the comprehensive examination. The sequence of subsequent courses should be as follows: ED 902 (3 credits), ED 999 (6 credits), ED 999 (6 credits). If a student has not defended the dissertation proposal in ED 902, then the student must register for ED 903 each semester until the proposal has been accepted. (See “Continuous Enrollment” section for additional information.) If the dissertation has not been completed, then the student must register for 3 credit hours of ED 999 each succeeding semester. (See the Handbook for Doctoral Students for more information regarding dissertations.)

The dissertation problem addressed by the candidate’s research must pertain to higher education, human sexuality, reading/language arts, or one of the four tracks in school administration. The scope of the project must be such that it will contribute to improved practice within the field and not be limited to an institutional problem. Students must complete their doctoral dissertations within four years of doctoral candidacy.


Transfer credit will be considered on an individual basis. This decision will be made after the time of admission, by a student’s academic advisor. A decision to award transfer credit will be based on the recency and similarity of courses required by a program of study. A grade of A, B, or Pass is required for transfer credit. All decisions regarding transfer credit rest with the faculty of the Division of Education. Research courses can only be approved for transfer credit by a member of the research committee following a syllabus review. The maximum amount of transfer credits varies by program and ranges from 15 to 24.


The minimum requirements for the doctoral degree are the completion of 78 semester hours of graduate credit, successful completion of the comprehensive examination, and completion of the doctoral dissertation. A minimum of 60 semester hours of course work must be completed before a student can sit for the comprehensive examination. After passing all three parts of the comprehensive examination, the student may begin the doctoral dissertation. The doctoral dissertation phase includes a minimum of 18 credit hours of Dissertation Seminar and Dissertation Research related to the dissertation activity. Please note that a waiver of any requirement for the degree must be approved in writing by the student’s academic advisor and the associate dean of the Division of Education.


Students must pass a comprehensive examination that will be administered following the completion of 60 semester hours of course work. The examination will be composed of written portions covering topics included in the program of studies in the field of higher education, human sexuality, reading/language arts, or school administration. Students must pass all parts of the examination. If a student fails to pass the examination or any portion thereof, he or she may retake the exam or portion of the exam one time. Two consecutive failures will result in dismissal from the program. Policies and procedures governing these examinations are available in the Handbook for Doctoral Students. Doctoral students must have all grades of Incomplete changed to a course grade before petitioning to take the comprehensive examination.