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Social Science Education This is a Track

College : Education and Human Performance Degree :PHD
Department : Option : Dissertation
Program Websites : http://education.ucf.edu/ssed/

TRACK DESCRIPTION

The Social Science Education track in the Education PhD program is designed to prepare social science educators for successful careers in research and teaching.

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CURRICULUM

Total Credit Hours Required:
69 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master's Degree

Required Courses—42 Credit Hours

Core—24 Credit Hours

  • IDS 7501 Issues and Research in Education (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 7500 Seminar in Educational Research (variable credit and repeatable, 6 credit hours)
  • EDF 7475 Qualitative Research in Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 7403 Quantitative Foundations of Educational Research (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 7463 Analysis of Survey, Record and Other Qualitative Data (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 7502 Case Studies in Research Design (3 credit hours) or one of the following approved research electives:
    • EDF 7406 Multivariate Statistics in Education (3 credit hours)
    • EDF 7405 Quantitative Methods II (3 credit hours)
    • EDF 7410 Application of Nonparametric and Categorical Data Analysis in Education (3 credit hours)
    • EDF 7415 Latent Variable Modeling in Education (3 credit hours)
    • EDF 7473 Ethnography in Educational Settings (3 credit hours)
    • EDF 7474 Multilevel Data Analysis in Education (3 credit hours)
    • EDF 7488 Monte Carlo Simulation Research in Education (3 credit hours)
    • SPA 7495 Doctoral Seminar II: Spoken and Written Language Disorders (Communication Sciences Track students only) (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 7406 Multivariate Statistics in Education (3 credit hours) or one of the following approved research electives:
    • IDS 7938 Research Cluster Seminar (3 credit hours) 
    • EDF 7405 Quantitative Methods II (3 credit hours)
    • EDF 7410 Application of Nonparametric and Categorical Data Analysis in Education (3 credit hours)
    • EDF 7415 Latent Variable Modeling in Education (3 credit hours)
    • EDF 7473 Ethnography in Educational Settings (3 credit hours)
    • EDF 7474 Multilevel Data Analysis in Education (3 credit hours)
    • EDF 7488 Monte Carlo Simulation Research in Education (3 credit hours)
    • SPA 7495 Doctoral Seminar II: Spoken and Written Language Disorders (Communication Sciences Track students only) (3 credit hours)

Specialization—18 Credit Hours

  • SSE 7740 History of Social Studies Education Seminar (3 credit hours)
  • SSE 7796 Research in Social Science Education Seminar (3 credit hours)
  • SSE 7797 Content and Program Analysis in Social Science Education (3 credit hours)
  • SSE 7700 Critical Issues in Social Studies Teacher Education (3 credit hours)
  • Social Science Education (SSE) Electives (6 credit hours; must be approved by adviser)

Dissertation—24 Credit Hours

  • SSE 7980 Dissertation Research (24 credit hours minimum)

Doctoral students must present a prospectus for the dissertation to the doctoral adviser, prepare a proposal and present it to the dissertation committee, and defend the final research submission with the dissertation committee.

Internship—3 Credit Hours

  • SSE 7947 Internship in Social Science Education (3 credit hours minimum)

Candidacy

To enter candidacy for the PhD, students must have an overall 3.0 GPA on all graduate work included in the planned program and pass all required examinations. Examinations will be scheduled by the student and major adviser. The associate dean for graduate studies and research must be notified of the date and location of the exam 30 days in advance. Students must be enrolled in the university during the semester an examination is taken.

The following are required to be admitted to candidacy and enroll in dissertation hours:

  • Completion of all course work, except for dissertation hours.
  • Successful completion of the candidacy examination.
  • Successful defense of the written dissertation proposal.
  • The dissertation advisory committee is formed, consisting of approved graduate faculty and graduate faculty scholars.
  • Submission of an approved program of study. 

 Candidacy Examinations

All PhD candidates will be required to complete two examinations.

  • Research in the Specialization—8-hour written examination.
  • Specialization—3-hour oral examination.

Please note there may be variations in length of exam time and content based upon the respective requirements of each track.

Independent Learning

The dissertation fulfills the independent learning requirement.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • A master's degree in a closely related field.
  • Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Goal statement / letter of intent.
  • Resumé / vita reflecting relevant experience.
  • Writing sample.
  • Applicants to this program are strongly encouraged to complete the necessary information requested for the ETS PPI (Personal Potential Index) report that is available during the GRE examination.  All official PPI reports must be submitted directly to the UCF College of Graduate Studies (use UCF Institution Code: 5233).

Eligibility for admission to a doctoral program should be limited to superior students who have demonstrated intellectual ability, high achievement, and adequate preparation for advanced study and research in a chosen field.

Application Deadlines

Social Science Education *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Dec 20Feb 15

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International Applicants Dec 20Jan 15

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International Transfer Applicants Dec 20Feb 15

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*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.

FINANCIALS

Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.

Fellowships

Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship. 


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