Education PhD

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

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Education PhD program prepares students for careers in teaching positions in research universities. The program offers the following tracks: Communication Sciences and Disorders, Counselor Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Exceptional Education, Exercise Physiology, Higher Education, Instructional Design and Technology, Mathematics Education, Methodology, Measurement and Analysis, Reading Education, Science Education, Social Science Education, and TESOL.

CURRICULUM

The Education PhD requires a minimum of 69 credit hours beyond the master’s degree; minimum credit hour requirements vary by track. Students from all tracks must complete 24 credit hours of core courses, 24 credit hours of dissertation, and 3 credit hours of internship; the Communication Sciences and Disorders track requires 2 credit hours in university teaching and 2 credit hours in clinical supervision. Additional course requirements vary by track. All students must also complete the candidacy examination.
Total Credit Hours Required:
69-84 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master's Degree

This section describes the elements of the curriculum that are in common for all of the tracks. The internship requirement is common to most of the tracks but not all, and more detail is provided on the internship in each specialization section.

Required Courses

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)

Internship—3 Credit Hours

Specialization in all tracks must include a professional internship. In the Communication Sciences and Disorders Track, however, students must complete a three-part internship: one in university teaching (2 credit hours), one in clinical supervision (2 credit hours) for children, adolescents and adults with disorders in language and literacy, and one in professional development (2 credit hours).

Dissertation—24 Credit Hours

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.

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.

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.

Applicants must choose a track in this program. Track(s) may have different requirements. Interview attendance is required for admission consideration.  The one exception to this requirement: students applying who live outside of the United States.  A Skype interview will be offered to students living outside of the U.S. if they meet the qualifications for an interview invitation.  Please note: a Skype interview will not provide the same in-depth interview experience given to those attending our all day event.

Application Deadlines

Education PhD *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Dec 20Jan 15

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International Applicants Dec 20Jan 15

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International Transfer Applicants Dec 20Jan 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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