A minimum of 93 credits are required to graduate from this Ph.D. program. The curricular structure is made up of the following four categories:
RESEARCH AND CORE COURSES, 21 credits
Doctoral program experiences are designed to ensure that the educational professionals who complete our program have the skills needed to locate research that is relevant to their own present and future professional roles and duties, evaluate the research of others, and design, conduct and disseminate the results of their own research studies. The research and statistics courses in the college are designed to contribute to the mastery of these skills.
AREA OF EMPHASIS (EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP), 24 credits
Coursework in this area is determined by the Advisory/Examining Committee in close consultation with the student. The courses in Educational Leadership prepare students for leadership or teaching at the college level or for roles in policy analysis and research.
COGNATE, 24 credits
The cognate is made up of courses that provide depth and/or breadth to a student's program as approved by the student's advisory/examining committee. These courses may represent a second area of emphasis, may be interdisciplinary, or may be made of graduate credits from the master's degree that represents a related and coherent area of study.
DISSERTATION, 24 credits
The dissertation is the culminating experience for the doctoral degree. It represents an independent research project that makes a contribution to the field of study.