The School Of Education Doctoral Orientation Summer 2011
SOE Distinctives:Accreditation and Mission Accreditation Mission To develop competent professionals with a Biblical world view for Christian, public, and private schools • SACS • ACSI (Assoc of Christian Schools International) • NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education)
The Educational Specialist (EdS) • 30 credit hour program • Post-Master’s degree • Online • No intensives; unless planning to complete licensure or EdD • 2 cognate areas available: • Educational Leadership • Curriculum and Instruction (was Teaching & Learning)
Doctorate of Education (EdD) • 60 credit hour program • Online + intensives • 9 credit hours of intensives (3 courses) • 2 specialization options: • Educational Leadership • Curriculum and Instruction (was Teaching & Learning) • Additional requirements • Comprehensive Exam • Dissertation
Doctorate of Education Final Course Progression Students begin making inquiries for chairs RC review Of proposal RC review Of manuscript Chair Officially Start RC review of Prospectus All candidates should registrar for EDUC 989 B term in their chairs’ section. Research Consultant review Chair information
Doctorate of Education Course Progression: Coursework Key Points • Coursework provides an opportunity for you to identify an appropriate topic for the dissertation, • Course papers and presentations may provide the impetus for the topic. • Dialogue with faculty, personal research, or participation on a research team are other good ways to identify topics • The development of a dissertation topic should begin during your first course and refined throughout coursework. • Your topic should align with the research interests of the SOE faculty. Failure to align research with interests of faculty could result in difficulty locating a chair and committee members. • Your dissertation topic needs to be aligned with the discipline of education.
Doctorate of Education Course Progression: EDUC 919 Key Points • EDUC 919 should be taken as the last course in the program. • We strongly encourage taking EDUC 919 as a weekend course (four weekend per semester) .
Comprehensive Exam • The purpose of the comprehensive exam is to assess the student’s readiness to become a doctoral candidate. • Candidates must complete a written exam. • Content of exam will be taken from your coursework: both theoretical and research and analysis. • Beginning in fall, 2011, the comprehensive exam will be an on-campus exam taken during the same week EDUC 919 will be taken.
The doctoral dissertation is the final academic requirement for the Ed.D. and is designed to evaluate the candidate’s capabilities as a scholar in education. Final recommendation for the Ed.D. depends strongly upon the dissertation, and approval of the manuscript by the doctoral candidate’s committee is required before the Ed.D. is awarded. The Dissertation
The Dissertation: Manuscript • Requires the conducting of a rigorous research project in which YOU are independently responsible . You are responsible to design, conduct, analyze, and present the research. ( Also: See Dissertation Handbook for acceptable research designs). • Needs to follow the Dissertation Templates, employ correct APA form, and be written in a scholarly manner. Typically 100 -200 pages or more, but there is not an exact required length (Content and Scholarship is more important!)
The Dissertation: Dissertation Committee • 3 committee members: • Chair: Full-time Liberty faculty member • Member 2: Full-time or adjunct Liberty faculty • Member 3: Selected by the candidate • All committee members must hold a doctoral degree. • It is recommended that you secure a chair and work with your chair to form a committee. • Your chair should be copied on all dissertation communications. • How do you find a committee member and chair? (Link on the Dissertation Guide)
The Dissertation: Defense • Candidate MUST come to campus for the dissertation defense • Time/date for the oral defense will be scheduled by committee chair. Must be 4 weeks prior to the end of the semester. • Final recommendation for the Ed.D. depends mainly upon the dissertation, and approval of the manuscript by the doctoral candidate’s committee is required before the Ed.D. is awarded
The Dissertation: Failure to Complete the Dissertation • Register for dissertation seminar (EDUC 989) until the dissertation is complete • “ABD”—”all but dissertation”(degree will not be conferred) • May complete EdS instead (provided the EdS is not already earned)
What is the Advising Guide? • Resource for LUO staff and candidates • Located on the Graduate Education website: • www.liberty.edu/advisingguide • Links to the Advising Guide are also located on LUOnline.com and on each Education degree page
Advising Guide: Information • Program specific: • - Degree Completion Plans • - Course Sequencing Guides • - Field Experience Summaries • - Course Competency Charts • Contact information • Gates • Licensure • Student teaching • Course descriptions • Course scheduling
Initial & Advanced Licensure Options Education Specialist (Ed.S.)Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Requirements listed at bottom of DCP (Degree Completion Plan)
EdS/EdD Licensure Options Requirements: • Additional courses - courses from master’s may apply • Initial licensure • Teaching experience • Internship • Licensure tests
Licensure WARNING! • Do not attempt to earn licensure through a non-licensure program. • Gate (Licensure) meetings are being held during lunch on Tuesdays. See information posted in the hallway.
Assistantships • It is possible to work on campus as a Teaching Assistant or Teaching Fellow during completion of the doctoral program. • Tuition waivers are available for those working 20 hours per week for the School of Education.
Assistantships Teaching Assistant (TA) Teaching Fellow (TF) Teaching undergraduate classes Other duties (as appropriate) Opportunities to teach additional classes online • Teaching or Assisting in Classes • Other duties as assigned by the supervising professor.