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College of Education and Health Professions

College of Education and Health Professions

Professional Education Unit Assessment Handbook

IX. Procedures for Monitoring Doctoral Candidates' Progress

Admission to Ed.D. Program

Admission into the doctoral (Ed.D.) program is a two step process. First, prospective candidates apply to the Graduate School at Columbus State University. At the same time, prospective candidates submit items to the College of Education and Health Professions (COEHP) Office of Graduate Studies. Those items are reviewed by the COEHP Doctoral Admission Committee. If a prospective candidate is admitted to Graduate School and has submitted all required items to the COEHP Office of Graduate Studies, the Committee reviews those documents for invitation to 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 research cycle and other doctoral level courses including electives in the candidate's specific area of interest.

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)

Completion of Coursework

In each of four foundation courses (EDUF:), instructors use a key assessment (mini research project, research project, or preliminary research proposal) to evaluate candidates on achievement of related student learning outcomes. As each cohort completes these four courses, instructors meet to review assessment data and compile a transitional evaluation of each candidate on his/her overall achievement of student learning outcomes. Candidates must have satisfactory ratings (i.e., meets or exceeds expectations) on this transitional evaluation as well as satisfactory ratings on the Dispositions Evaluation completed at the end of coursework, to proceed to the next transition point. The candidate must have a minimum GPA of 3.25 on all doctoral coursework with no more than one grade of C or below.

Admission to Candidacy

To be admitted to candidacy, candidates must successfully complete a written and oral defense of proposal. Rubrics are used to evaluate candidates’ achievement of student learning outcomes. Candidates must meet or exceed expectations on all components of the rubric to pass the proposal defense. After passing proposal defense candidates are admitted to candidacy.

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.

A summary of the plan for assessing doctoral candidates at each of the key transition points is provided in the table below. The table also summarizes the process for collecting, aggregating, and analyzing data.