Students must meet the admission standards of the University and the Department. (Some
departmental requirements may be greater than the University's requirements.)
After application has been made to the Graduate School, students must apply for admission
to the Department of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership. Each prospective student
will complete a doctoral application file and schedule interviews with faculty members.
The doctoral application file will minimally include: transcripts, GRE scores and
letters of recommendation. Please see the Admissions page and Checklist for other
requirements. The doctoral application file must be completed before an interview
will be scheduled. Interviews must be completed prior to the University deadlines.
Those deadlines are August 1 for the fall semester, December 1 for the spring semester
and May 1 for the summer semester.
Each student's file will be evaluated prior to full admission to the Department of
Instruction and Curriculum Leadership. Only those files which are completed by the
admission deadline will be considered.
Applicants whose native language is other than English must score at least 550 on
the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
The above represent the minimal acceptable admission requirements. Depending on the
applicant's educational background, the graduate committee may require additional
course work to prepare the student for doctoral studies.
Students who have not completed at least six semester hours of graduate level mode
one course work in cultural, historical, or psychological foundations of education,
must complete those hours during the first year of enrollment in the doctoral program.
These prerequisites will not be counted toward the degree.
A minimum total of 54 hours post masters hours.
The major will consist of 42-45, with 9-12 hours of dissertation credit (ICL 9000)
and 3-6 hours of doctoral seminar (ICL 8995).
The research requirement will consist of courses directed toward research and/or statistical
techniques and procedures necessary for the discipline and the dissertation topic.
Approved transfer credit or post-master's courses may be accepted for not more than
12 semester hours.
Completion of the college and university residency requirements. Additional information
pertaining to the major and concentration areas may be secured from the Chair of Graduate
Coordinator of the Department of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership.
Students working toward the doctoral degree must fulfill the University and College
residency requirements after filing a program of studies.
The purpose of residency is to provide the doctoral student with significant time
for sustained contact with faculty members. An expected outcome is the acquisition
of skills of inquiry, and opportunity for research, and the incorporation of professional
values in to the experience that the student brings to graduate school. Also, it facilitates
the creation of a cohesive climate in which inquiry becomes the linking feature of
the graduate student experience. In short, residency is expected to be a vehicle for
socialization into the shared community of professional life. At the heart of the
community lies a commitment to sustained inquiry that extends beyond the period of
doctoral preparation and into the students lifetime work, either as a practitioner
or as one who demonstrates leadership based on a foundation of inquiry.
Doctoral Residency Policies
A doctoral student must select one of the following course enrollment options:
- The student will maintain two semesters of continuous enrollment of 9 hours per semester.
The enrollment requirement may be satisfied by enrolling in fall, spring, and summer
- Three semesters of continuous enrollment per semester during two consecutive summers
and at least 3 hours per semester during the intervening fall and spring semesters.
- Nine hours of enrollment per semester during two consecutive summers and at least
3 hours per semester during intervening fall and spring semesters.
- A plan of residency will be developed by the student and major professor. The plan
will be developed by the student and major professor. The plan will be reviewed by
The plan of residency consists of the following elements:
- The plan will be contained in a 3-5 page document.
- It will contain an introduction to the problem area that the student will address
during the coming period of residency. This introduction will include a specification
of the problem, an indication of its importance, and a brief summary of pertinent
literature placing the problem in its context. Relevant theoretical implications will
- It will detail a plan of action including projected time benchmarks to resolve the
problem. It is expected that this plan will allow for a sustained and multifaceted
inquiry that incorporates significant components derived from the literature and have
implications for the filed of study.
- Tools of inquiry expected to be required in the course of completing the residency
will be noted. If the candidate possesses these tools, some indication documenting
the mastery of the tool component should be noted. If skills of inquiry are to be
acquired during the course of the residency this must be noted.
- Faculty resources associated with each component of the plan must be indicated. It
is expected that the student will be in contact with individuals who have been engaged
in this area beyond the campus.
- The products of the residency will be noted. It is expected that the residency will
lead to a paper submitted to a refereed journal or presented at a peer reviewed conference.
Timetable for Filing for Residency
Prior to beginning residency, the written plan must be filed. The plan must have the
approval signatures of the chair of the candidate's program advisory committee and
of the department chair. It must be submitted to the department office of the candidate's
major for approval no later than the last day of graduate registration in the semester
designated to count as residency. Students are expected to have satisfied requirements
for admission to the doctoral program before filing a residency plan.
Written Preliminary Exams
Graduate students will have an opportunity to take written Preliminary Exams on Monday,
Tuesday and Wednesday of the fifth week of either the fall or spring semester. Summer
prelims will be taken on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the 2nd week of the first
Oral Preliminary Exams
Oral Preliminary Exams will take place within two weeks of the Written Exams.
Preparation for Written and Oral Preliminary Exams
It is expected that the graduate student meet individually with faculty who are writing
examination questions well in advance of the testing date to discuss areas of concern
as well as expectations in the areas of study.
Graduate students who have successfully completed both the Written and Oral Preliminary
Exams are expected to complete the following:
- Establish Dissertation Committee and Chairperson of same
- With guidance, design research component with written Prospectus consisting of Chapters
1, 2, and 3
- Meet with each Committee member to refine the above, upon approval of Chairperson
provide each Committee member written Prospectus two weeks prior to Prospectus Meeting
- Arrange for location of Prospectus Meeting
- Present information and seek guidance and approval from the Committee
Follow guidelines of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences and Graduate