Minimum Completion Requirements

The Doctor of Philosophy in Teacher Education 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 63 credit hours of study beyond the master’s degree as stated in the candidate's program of study.
  • Complete the residency requirement, which requires an extended period of intensive study and intellectual professional development among a community of scholars in the department, college, and university. The student must spend two consecutive academic semesters, which may include one summer session, as a full-time student. Residency experiences preclude working full-time during this period. Residency experiences provide an opportunity to learn in-depth the philosophical and pragmatic dimensions of the Curriculum and Instruction Department.
  • Pass a written comprehensive examination taken before advancing to candidacy (see General Information, herein).
  • Complete and successfully defend the dissertation. The candidate must follow the guideline set forth in the Guide to Preparing and 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 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 should include an electronic portfolio based on the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) Standards for Teacher Educators. The annual review is a requirement to avoid recommendation for academic probation.