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Education Doctoral Programs Curriculum


The curriculum for the Education Doctoral Programs is divided into five components focusing on EDP core courses, disciplined inquiry courses, option area core courses, professional emphasis courses, and independent research. Additional details about the EDP curriculum are provided below.

Education Doctoral Programs Core
EDUC 801Foundations of Doctoral Scholarship3 credits
EDUC 802Foundations of Educational Research3 credits
EDUC 803Philosophical Foundations of Education3 credits
EDUC 890Capstone Seminar3 credits
EDUC 890Graduate Seminar

1 credit per year


Select One:
EDUC 806International & Comparative Education3 hours
EDUC 807Diversity and Educational Policy3 hours
EDUC 808Empowerment and Transformative Education     3 hours
Disciplined Inquiry Core
(Note: Required and Optional courses vary by degree and option area)
EDUC 871Planning and Conducting Needs Assessment3 credits
EDUC 872Qualitative Research Methods3 credits
EDUC 873Case-Based Educational Research and Statistics  3 credits
EDUC 881Data Management & Decision Making3 credits
EDUC 882Institutional Analysis Techniques3 credits
EDUC 883Survey Research3 credits
EDUC 884Program Evaluation Research3 credits
EDUC 885Structural Equation Modeling Fundamentals3 credits
EDUC 886Advanced Qualitative Research3 credits
EDUC 890Research Practicum (topics vary)3 credit
HDFS 758Longitudinal Research Methods and Analysis3 credits
Institutional Analysis Core

EDUC 831Institutional Quality Control

3 credits

EDUC 832Assessment Techniques for Educational Institutions3 credits

EDUC 833Strategic Planning for Institutional Improvement

3 credits

Occupational and Adult Education Core
EDUC 851Adult Learning

3 credits

EDUC 852Foundations of Occupational and Adult Education   

3 credits

EDUC 853Instructional Methods for Adult Learners3 credits
Professional Emphasis Area

Students will also select a professional emphasis area in consultation with their advisory committee. While this list is not exhaustive, possible areas within the Institutional Analysis include Higher Education, Primary/Secondary Education, or Business & Industry. Possible areas within the Occupational and Adult Education option area include Occupational Education, Adult and Higher Education, or Curriculum and Instruction. This professional emphasis area will consist of a minimum of nine (9) hours for the Ph.D. degree and twelve (12) hours for the Ed.D. degree.

Independent Research

EDUC 899Doctoral Dissertation

minimum of 12 credits

Transfer of Credits from Masters Degree or Equivalent

The advisory committee has authority to approve up to a maximum of 30 credit hours from a Masters degree or equivalent.  An additional ten (10) hours may be allowable if candidate has multiple graduate degrees or coursework after the first graduate degree. The determination will be based upon review of the candidate's official transcript(s).  The candidate's major advisor and committee are responsible for approving the program of study and for certifying that the candidate has met the academic requirements for the doctoral degree.  The doctoral degree is awarded for expertise and excellence in the candidate's chosen field of study as recognized and approved by the advisor and committee, not just for an accumulation of credits.

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