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College of Education and Health Professions

College of Education and Health Professions

Quality Assurance System [Handbook]
Educator Preparation Programs

IX. Procedures for Monitoring Doctoral Candidates' Progress

Admission to Ed.D. Program

 The prospective candidates submit the requirement documents to Admissions.  Once all components are received, the applicant packet is sent to the Director of the Doctoral Program in Education.  After the initial screening, the Doctoral Program Administrative Assistant will contact the prospective candidates to schedule the on-campus interview and writing assessment.  The COEHP Doctoral Admission Committee reviews the documents during the interview process.  Once prospective candidates have completed the on-campus interview, the Doctoral Admission Committee makes a decision regarding admittance into the Doctor of Education Degree Program in Curriculum and Leadership as a Pre-Degree Candidate. Once admitted, a Pre-Degree Candidate enrolls in the Doctoral Seminar and program specialization coursework.  The research sequence begins the third semester in the program.

Requirements for Admission to Graduate School

  • Master’s degree from an accredited United States institution, or the equivalent from an international institution;
  • Good academic standing at the institution last attended;
  • GPA of at least 3.5 on all graduate course work at an accredited United States institution in fulfillment of the requirement for a graduate degree;
  • Satisfactory scores on the general portion (quantitative and verbal) of the Revised Graduate Record Exam (GRE) with “writing assessment” component.
  • The successful applicant must not have a criminal record or discharge from the armed services that would prevent recommendation for related teacher, counseling or leadership certifications

Requirements for Admission to Pre-Degree Candidacy

  • Professional Philosophy Statement that specifically addresses the prospective candidate’s philosophy of education and professional goals in an essay
  • Resume
  • Two (2) Letters of Reference and Demographic Information Form
  • Formal background check
  • Entry information form signed/verified by superintendent or supervisor (prospective candidates must have a minimum of four years experience in the classroom or in a leadership role in the corporate or government sector)
  • Passing score on the GACE in educational leadership or clear renewable certificate with masters in leadership (for applicants with a concentration in Educational Leadership)

Satisfactory Completion of Coursework

Candidates must have satisfactory ratings (i.e., meets or exceeds expectations) on the Dispositions Evaluation. The candidate must have a minimum GPA of 3.25 on all doctoral coursework with no more than one grade of C or below.

Productive grades are required for all coursework.

Requirements for Admission to Degree Candidacy (DC) for the Doctor of Education Degree in Curriculum and Leadership 

  • Completion of all required coursework (minimum of 51 semester hours) with a 3.25 GPA and no more than one (1) grade of C applying toward the degree.
  • Establishment of a Doctoral Committee – It is the responsibility of the Pre-Degree Candidate (PDC) to invite faculty to become members of the Pre-Degree      Candidate’s Doctoral Committee.  The Pre-Degree Candidate is advised to select and invite committee members from among faculty who have expertise in the area where the PDC plans to conduct research. 
  • Identification of a Committee Chair – It is the responsibility of the PDC to ask a faculty member to serve as Committee Chair. 
  • Successful defense of Prospectus. 
  • Approval of dissertation proposal by Doctoral Committee.

Exit from Program

To exit the Ed.D. program, candidates must satisfactorily complete and defend their dissertation. A rubric is used to assess candidates’ achievement of student learning outcomes at this transition point. The dissertation committee also does a final dispositions evaluation, and candidates must have satisfactory ratings (i.e., meets or exceeds expectations) on all components.