Higher Education This is a Track

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

TRACK DESCRIPTION

The Higher Education track in the Education PhD program is designed for applicants who have extensive experience as administrators or staff in postsecondary institutions who want to pursue careers as scholars and leaders.

CURRICULUM

The Higher Education track in the Education PhD program requires 75 credit hours beyond the master's degree. The curriculum includes 24 credit hours of core courses, 27 credit hours of specialization courses, and 24 credit hours of dissertation.
 
Total Credit Hours Required:
75 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master's Degree

Required Courses—51 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—27 Credit Hours

  • EDH 6046 Diversity in Higher Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDH 7401 Higher Education and Public Policy (3 credit hours)
  • EDH 7405 Legal Issues in Higher Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDH 7934 Higher Education Literature, Research and Professional Writing (3 credit hours)
  • EDH 7066 Higher Education: Philosophical/Historical Perspectives (3 credit hours)
  • EDH 7508 Finance in Higher Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDH 7665 Higher Education Leadership (3 credit hours)
  • EDH 7636 Organizational Theory and Practices in Higher Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDH 7631 Managing Change, Conflict and Stability in Higher Education (3 credit hours) or one of the following approved  electives:
    • EDH 7207 Curriculum, Instruction and Distance Learning in Higher Education (3 credit hours)
    • EDH 7366 Assessment Practices in Higher Education (3 credit hours)
    • EDH 7208 International Perspectives of Higher Education (3 credit hours)

Candidacy Examination—0 Credit Hours (Required for Advancement to Candidacy [Dissertation hours])

Candidacy examinations will be scheduled near the tenth week of the fall and spring semesters; summer exams will be scheduled for the sixth week of the term. The exams are:

  • Part 1. Written examination: Higher education (five hours)
  • Part 2. Written examination: Area of specialization (three hours)
  • Part 3. Oral examination (one hour)

Evidence of the following are required to be eligible to complete the doctoral comprehensive examination in the Education PhD program, Higher Education track:

  • Currently enrolled in the university during the semester any comprehensive examination is taken.
  • Submission of an approved program of study (overall GPA 3.0 or greater on all graduate work).
  • Completion of most course work. (Students may only take exams when only 2-3 semesters of course work remain. This statement does not refer to dissertation hours.)
  • In consultation with program faculty, the dissertation advisory committee is formed, paperwork filed, and approved. (Committee consists of four members: a minimum of three approved CEDHP graduate faculty and one approved graduate faculty scholar or CEDHP faculty.)
  • Submission of an approved doctoral comprehensive examination application by the stated deadline.
  • Fulfill any program deadlines for submitting comprehensive examination content-related materials (topics, questions, etc.) to the program coordinator by the stated deadline. (See program website for details HEPS: http://education.ucf.edu/highered/ ).

Candidacy

Candidacy is the stage of doctoral studies when students focus exclusively on planning, researching and writing their proposal and dissertation. To enter candidacy for the Education Ph.D. program, Higher Education & Policy Studies track, students must have an overall 3.0 GPS on all graduate work included in the planned program and pass all required examinations. In addition, evidence of the following are required to be admitted to candidacy and enroll in dissertation hours at least one week before the first day of classes for which the students wishes to enroll in dissertation hours: 

  • Submission of an approved program of study.
  • Completion of all course work, except for dissertation hours.
  • Successful completion of all parts of the candidacy examinations. 
  • In consultation with program faculty, the dissertation advisory committee is formed, paperwork filed, and approved. (Committee consists of four members: a minimum of three approved CEDHP graduate faculty and one approved graduate faculty scholar or CEDHP faculty.)

Note: Once students enter Candidacy, they must enroll in a minimum of three dissertation hours (see below) every semester (including summers), until they graduate from the program.

Dissertation—24 Credit Hours

Registration for dissertation hours is not permitted until the student is admitted to Candidacy.

  • EDH 7980 Dissertation Research (24 credit hours minimum)

Doctoral students must work with their doctoral adviser/major professor to prepare a proposal and present and defend  the proposal to the dissertation committee. Once the proposal is completed and approval is secured from the UCF Institutional Review Board (IRB), students conduct research and submit and defend the final research dissertation to their dissertation committee.

Required Documentation During Dissertation Stage

All items listed are necessary to fulfill the requirements to graduate.

  • Application to Defend Dissertation Proposal
  • Dissertation Proposal Approval
  • Application for IRB Approval of Research
  • Defense  Dissertation Announcement 
  • Dissertation Approval
  • Application to Graduate
  • All necessary requirements of the College of Graduate Studies for graduation

Independent Learning

The dissertation satisfies the independent learning experience.

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:

  • Evidence of a minimum of one year full-time or two years part-time professional higher education work experience. Evidence may include, but not be limited to, any one of the following: work experience listed on the resume/CV with confirmation email/telephone, letter of reference, or copies of annual reviews, etc.(Please note that graduate assistantships, teaching assistantships, internships and practica do not fulfill this requirement.)     
  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale) in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate degree.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale) for all graduate work at the time of application.
  • A master’s degree in a closely related field from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
  • Three letters of recommendation (electronic or hard copy).
  • Goal statement. (Describe the following: preparedness for the program, career goals related to program, and potential area of research interest in the program.)     
  • Resumé/CV.
  • Submit one of the following writing samples: research paper, journal article, grant proposal, policy analysis, or program evaluation. 

Application Deadlines

Higher Education *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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