Minimum Completion Requirements

The Doctor of Education Degree is awarded to candidates who complete the following:

  • Maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher for all coursework taken at the doctoral level.
  • Complete a minimum of 69 credit hours of study beyond the master's degree as stated in the candidate's program of study.
  • Complete the residency requirement for the degree through a structured experience. The structured experience should be one that is related to the student’s program of study and goals for the degree. The Program Chair and Committee members will meet with the student to discuss and to refine the proposed experience. The final version of the structured experience will include a rationale, procedure, and evaluation. The student must file the "Approval for Ed.D. Residency Experience" form with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Office (room: CEB 343A). The residency requirement for the Ed.D. will be satisfied through the completion of a carefully supervised structured experience which may include, but not be limited to a:
    • Social action project
    • Curriculum design and/or development project
    • Pilot study
    • Staff development project
    • Literature review in a related area
    • Custom-designed experience by the student and committee
  • Pass a written comprehensive examination and complete the dissertation proposal prior to advancing to candidacy and prior to registering for dissertation credits (see General Information, herein).
  • Complete and successfully defend the dissertation. The candidate must follow the guidelines set forth in the Guide to Preparing & Submitting a Thesis or Dissertation available from the Graduate College (702-895-3320).
  • File the appropriate graduation forms with the Graduate College.
  • File the original and two copies of the approved dissertation with the Graduate College and one copy of the dissertation with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
  • In addition to the above, doctoral students are expected to attend the T&L Doctoral Colloquium which meets monthly (Fall and Spring semesters) throughout their program.
  • The student's committee will conduct an annual review which must be scheduled by the student each February for the duration of their program. The annual review is a requirement to avoid recommendation for academic probation.