Communication Sciences and Disorders This is a Track

College : Education and Human Performance Degree :PHD
Department : Select Department Option : Dissertation
Program Websites : http://www.cohpa.ucf.edu/comdis/phded.cfm

TRACK DESCRIPTION

The Communication Sciences and Disorders track in the Education PhD program is designed specifically for those who wish to pursue careers as scholars, teachers and leaders in the area of school speech-language pathology with a content focus on language disorders and literacy.

CURRICULUM

The Communication Sciences and Disorders track in the Education PhD program requires a minimum of 81 credit hours beyond the master’s degree. Students must complete 24 credit hours of core courses, 18 credit hours of specialization courses, 9 credit hours of electives, and 24 credit hours of dissertation. In addition, the internship in this track requires 2 credit hours in university teaching, 2 credit hours in clinical supervision, and 2 credit hours of professional development. All students must complete the candidacy examination.
 
Total Credit Hours Required:
81 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

  • SPA 6843 Severe Language-Based Reading and Writing Disabilities (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 7490 Advanced Studies in Language Disorders (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 7493 Advanced Studies in School Speech-Language Pathology (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 7494 Doctoral Seminar I: Spoken and Written Language Disorders (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 7495 Doctoral Seminar II: Spoken and Written Language Disorders (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 7657 Professional Collaboration Around Language Issues (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses—9 Credit Hours

  • Advanced course work in Reading (3 credit hours)
  • Advanced course work in Exceptional Education (3 credit hours)
  • Additional course work in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (3 credit hours)

Dissertation—24 Credit Hours

  • 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—6 Credit Hours

Specialization in all tracks must include a professional internship (minimum of 6 credit hours). In the Communication Sciences and Disorders Track, however, students must complete a three-part internship:

  • University teaching (2 credit hours)
  • Clinical supervision (2 credit hours)
  • Professional development (2 credit hours)

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.
  • Submittal 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 that there may be variations in length of exam time and content based on the respective requirements of each track.

Independent Learning

The dissertation satisfies 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 with an emphasis related to one of the tracks in the PhD program and master’s level competency in educational research and statistics. For the Communication Sciences and Disorders Track, evidence of a master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech-Language Pathology).
  • Competitive GRE score, taken within the last five years.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Goal statement.
  • Résumé.

The PhD in Education is a research-oriented degree appropriate for those who seek positions in the professoriate or in school districts, businesses, industry, educational agencies and other educational settings that require a strong research base.

It is the intent of this program to be interdisciplinary, allowing flexibility for students who will work in research clusters and learning communities with faculty on education-related research. Programs of study can be designed for those who seek faculty positions in a research university or research-oriented education positions in business and industry.

Application Deadlines

Communication Sciences and Disorders *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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