The doctoral degree program is the highest professional degree and is designed primarily for top-level education practitioners and university researchers. Programs at the doctoral level are designed to prepare advanced practitioners for school positions or for professorships in institutions of higher education. The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is for students who intend to become researchers in a given field. Normally, three years of teaching are required to enter the PhD program. Program requirements include the acquisition of special skills that would be useful in conducting scholarly investigation and traditional research.

Admission Requirements:

To be considered for regular admission, applicants must present a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and a GRE score of 300 or higher. Three years of teaching are also required.

Degree Requirements:

  • major field coursework (CSE/CIE/CRD), 24 hours
  • minor field coursework (relevant to content/discipline/subject specific/teaching field), 24 hours
  • research coursework, 15 hours (minimum)
  • foundations of professional studies, 12 hours
  • dissertation research, 24 hours (minimum)

A list of courses that fulfill these requirements may be obtained from the departmental office in Graves Hall.

The Graduate Catalog is published annually. Students should obtain the most recent program requirements from their program advisors.