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Doctoral Degrees

Program Leader: Dr. Tonette Rocco
E-mailroccot@fiu.edu
Phone: 305-348-6151

Other AE/HRD Program Faculty: Dr. Thomas G. Reio, Jr.

Adult Education and Human Resource Development (AE/HRD)

The doctoral program in Adult Education and Human Resource Development (AE/HRD) prepares advanced professionals to facilitate individual, organizational, and career development and advancement of adults in the nation and the world. Two cognate options are available within the doctoral program in Adult Education and Human Resource Development. The first option is an open cognate custom designed for the student’s research needs. The second option is a directed cognate in one of six areas: (1) International and Intercultural Education, (2) Labor Studies, (3) Urban Education, (4) Entrepreneurship, (5) Hospitality and Tourism Management, and (6) Recreation and Sport Management.

Graduates are equipped to administer, design and facilitate programs for adult clients, employees, volunteers, students, and associates of profit and not-profit organizations. Graduates are professionals who may be engaged in program development and evaluation, planning, policy development and analysis, leadership, instruction and training, counseling and advisement, consultation, and marketing and recruitment activities designed to further the growth and development of adult learners. They may also be engaged in improving organizational functioning through educationally-related intervention strategies or working with other performance improvement consultants. Graduates are competent researchers and scholars with problem solving and investigative skills in evaluation, qualitative, and quantitative methods.

Participants in the Adult Education and Human Resource Development doctoral program and its affiliated cognates come from diverse backgrounds: business and industry; higher education; public and proprietary schools; health and social services agencies; law enforcement and corrections; the military, government, and non-governmental agencies; religious organizations; libraries and museums; and civic and professional associations.

The Doctor of Education degree is conferred on the basis of high scholarship and skill in the creation and application of knowledge from theory and research findings to practical problems in adult education and/or human resource development. Applications for admission to the doctoral program are invited from individuals who are highly motivated and intellectually capable of meeting the challenges of a rigorous doctoral degree program.

Common Minimum Admission Requirements

 The College of Education has common admission requirements for its doctoral programs regardless of the specialty sought. Applicants to the program must submit the following records and documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. A completed online application for Graduate Admission with appropriate fees.
  2. An official copy of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores.
  3. Official transcripts of all higher education institutions attended.
  4. Three letters of reference attesting to the applicant’s ability to succeed in doctoral study.
  5. A current resume/vitae.
  6. A statement that sets forth the applicant’s career goals and relates these goals to the completion of the doctoral program.
  7. Letters and any other supporting documents are to be sent to FIU Graduate Admissions Office, 11200 SW 8th Street, PC 230, Miami, FL 33199.

No action will be taken on incomplete files. A file is considered incomplete if any of the above is missing.  The application and all supporting documentation are reviewed by program faculty. The criteria applied in reviewing the applicant’s file are noted below. Exceptions to one or more of the stated criteria may be granted provided the applicant can provide compelling reasons and evidence.

  1. A grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in upper level undergraduate work.
  2. A 3.25 GPA in all graduate work attempted.
  3. A master’s degree from an accredited institution, A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution may be accepted for Admission.
  4. Official GRE scores.
  5. International graduate student applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A total score of 80 on the iBT TOEFL or 6.5 overall on the IELTS is required.

Additional Admission Requirements

In addition to the University’s and the College of Education’s common minimum admission requirements, applicants must possess the following qualifications:

  1. Evidence of commitment to a career in the broad field of adult education and human resource development;
  2. Successful professional experience in one or more of the above fields;
  3. Potential for leadership in the above fields; and
  4. A master’s degree.
  5. Applicants must arrange individual interviews with each faculty member in the program to discuss the applicant’s research interests and the faculty member’s research.

Candidates for admission to the programs will be judged not only on the basis of quantitative criteria (e.g., GPA, as listed elsewhere in the catalog) but also in terms of prior experience and future career goals.
 
Adult Education and Human Resource Development Program of Study

 A typical program will require a minimum of 90 semester hours beyond the baccalaureate degree and will involve the categories of courses noted below.

Adult Education and Human Resource Development

Program Core: (minimum 18 - 24 hours)

The adult education and human resource development core includes courses in areas such as comprehensive adult education and human resource development planning, program development, instructional design, adult teaching and learning, trends and issues, strategies, and research in the disciplines. For students with a master’s in Adult Education or Human Resource Development, the minimum is 18 semester hours. For students whose master’s is not in Adult Education or Human Resource Development, the minimum is 24 hours.

  • ADE 6074 Writing for Publication in Adult Education and Human Resource Development 3
  • ADE 6186 Comprehensive Program Evaluation in AE/HRD 3
  • ADE 6360 Adult Teaching Methods 3
  • ADE 6674 Trends and Issues in AE/HRD 3
  • ADE 7920 Colloquium in AE/HRD 1-6
  • ADE 7772 Review of Research in Adult Education  and Human Resource Development 3

Will be required only if master’s degree is not in Adult Education and Human Resource Development or related filed:

  • ADE 5386 Individual Learning and Adult Education 3
  • ADE 5387 Organizational Learning and Human Resource Development 3

Research and Statistics: (minimum 15 hours)

Although some courses are required for all doctoral participants, others are selected with the guidance of the participant’s program of studies supervisory committee.

Required Courses

  • EDF 5481 Foundations of Educational Research 3 (Required only if not taken in Master’s  program as prerequisite)
  • EDF 6472 Research Methods in Education:  Introduction to Data Analysis 3
  • EDF 6475 Qualitative Foundations of Educational  Research 3
  • EDF 6481 Educational Research Methodology 3
  • EDF 6486 Advanced Data Analysis in Quantitative  Educational Research 3

And either

  • EDF 7403C Data Analysis in Multivariate  Educational Research 3
    or
  • EDF 6476 Advanced Methods of Qualitative  Educational Research 3
    or
  • EDP 7058 Behavioral Intervention Research and  Evaluation in Education 3

Cognate: (9 semester hours minimum; 18 recommended)

Electives, in the cognate area, vary according to the participants’ background and professional goals and are selected with the guidance of the participants’ program of studies supervisory committee.

Two cognate options are available:

 1. The first option is an open cognate custom designed by the committee and the student.

2. The second option is a directed cognate in one of six areas: (1) International and Intercultural Education, (2) Labor Studies, (3) Urban Education, (4) Entrepreneurship, (5) Hospitality and Tourism Management, and (6) Recreation and Sport Management.

International and Intercultural Education Program Cognate (recommended 18-24 credit hours)
Courses include areas such as educational systems, comparative methodology, educational development issues, intercultural & cross-cultural education, conflict theory and resolution, planning in education, educational technology transfer, knowledge and development, education organizational behavior, international organizations and NGOs, and social, psychological and political contexts of international education.

Labor Studies Program Cognate (recommended 18-24 credit hours)
Courses include areas such as conflict resolutions, labor movements, workers’ rights, workplace diversity, economic development, and employment law.

Urban Education Program Cognate (recommended 18-24 credit hours)
Courses include areas such as urban adult education activities, economic development, workforce development, and equitable educational, living, and workplace conditions special urban populations, family literacy, and immigration.

Entrepreneurship Cognate (recommended 18 credit hours for certificate)
Courses include areas such as product development and innovation, intuition in management, social and non-profit entrepreneurship, and organization in management.

Hospitality and Tourism Management Cognate (recommended 18-24 credit hours)
Courses include areas such as organizational behavior in the hospitality industry, feasibility studies in the hospitality industry, tourism studies, leadership training for team building, and hospitality management.

Recreation and Sport Management Cognate (recommended 18-24 credit hours)
Courses include recreational therapy (RT) topic areas such as problems, issues and trends; philosophical and social foundations; assessment, documentation, and evaluation; program planning; law and liability, leisure services; and related core courses in recreation and sports management.

Candidacy Examinations and Advancement to Candidacy

The student must complete all coursework, successfully pass both written and oral candidacy examinations covering course work and also submit copies of dissertation proposal, which has been approved by the supervisory committee, to the Dean of the College and to the Dean of the University Graduate School.

Prospectus and Dissertation: (12 semester hours minimum)

Participants are responsible for a minimum of 12 semester hours of dissertation credits. The dissertation must be an original contribution to knowledge in an area of adult education or human resource development. Students are expected to complete the dissertation within nine years from their date of admission to the Adult Education and Human Resource Development doctoral program. A minimum of three credit hours of dissertation are to be undertaken each term the dissertation is being prepared. Continuous enrollment in dissertation study is required, including summer terms.

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Program Leader: Dr. Linda Spears-Bunton
E-mail: spears@fiu.edu
Phone: 305-348-2976

Common Admission Requirements

The College of Education has common admission requirements for its Doctoral Programs regardless of the specialty sought. Applicants to the program must submit the following records and documents to the Graduate Admissions Office:

  1. A completed Application for Graduate Admission with appropriate fees.
  2. An official copy of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores.
  3. Official transcripts of all higher education institutions attended.

Beginning after Summer 2014, applications will only be accepted during the Fall and Spring semesters.

Additionally, applicants must submit the following to the Office of Research and Graduate Studies (OGS) in the College of Education.

  1. Three letters of reference attesting to the applicant’s ability to succeed in doctoral study. Letters and any other supporting documents are to be sent to FIU Graduate Admission Office, 11200 SW 8th Street, PC 230, Miami, FL 33199.
  2. A current resume/vitae.
  3. A statement that sets forth the applicant’s career goals and relates these goals to the completion of the doctoral program.

No action will be taken on incomplete files. A file is considered incomplete if any of the above is missing.
The application and all supporting documentation are reviewed by program faculty. The criteria applied in reviewing the applicant’s file are noted below. Exceptions to one or more of the stated criteria may be granted provided the applicant can provide compelling reasons and evidence.

  1. A grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in upper level undergraduate work.
  2. A 3.25 GPA in all graduate work attempted.
  3. A master’s degree from an accredited institution.
  4. Graduate Record Examination completed within the past five years. There is no minimum requirement for the GRE. However, candidates are advised that low scores can result in denial of the application.
  5. International graduate student applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A total score of 80 on the iBT TOEFL or 6.5 overall on the IELTS is required.

Upon completion of the review of the file the applicant will be interviewed by program and departmental faculty which comprise a Faculty Admissions Committee. Final decisions are made by the Faculty Admissions Committee, the Dean of the College, and the Dean of the University Graduate School. As admission to programs is competitive, meeting minimum admission requirements does not assure admission into the program. A candidate for admission to the program will be judged not only on the basis of quantitative criteria, but also in relation to prior experience, especially as it relates to future career goals. Additional information is available from the Coordinator of Doctoral Programs or Program Faculty.

Curriculum and Instruction Core Courses: (15 credits Required)

  • EDG 7222 Curriculum: Theory and Research (3)

  • EDG 7362 Instruction: Theory and Research (3)

  • EDG 7923C Doctoral Seminar in Curriculum Studies (6) (3 credit hours per semester – Fall/Summer)

Select one from the following:

  • EDG 7665 Seminar in Curriculum (3)

  • EDG 7667C Advanced Topics in Curriculum Studies (3)

  • EDG 7692C Politics of Curriculum (3)

Research Core Courses: (12 credits Required)

  • EDF 5481 - Foundations of Educational Research is a prerequisite for all Research Core courses.

  • EDF 6472 Research Methods in Education: Introduction to Data Analysis (3)

  • EDF 6481 Educational Research Methodology (3)

  • EDF 6486 Advanced Data Analysis in Quantitative Educational Research (3)

  • EDF 6475 Qualitative Foundations of Educational Research (3)
    Students, in consultation with an Advisor, may take one or both of the following courses in addition to the above required courses:

  • EDF 7403C Data Analysis in Multivariate Educational Research (3)

  • EDF 6476 Advanced Methods of Qualitative Educational Research (3)

Professional Education Core Courses: (6 credits Required)

  • EDF 7937 Advanced Topics in Social Foundations of Education (3)

  • EDP 7057 Educational Psychology Advanced Application (3)

Specialization Area: (30)

The specialty areas include art education, early childhood education, elementary education, English education, international/intercultural development education, instructional leadership, learning technologies, mathematics education, modern language education/bilingual education, reading education, science education, and social studies education.

Cognate Area: (9)

The cognate area requires a minimum of 9 semester hours of course work in a single area of study related to the specialty. The courses should be chosen with regard to coherence and relevance to the anticipated substantive aspect of the dissertation and in consultation with the advisor. The cognate area may be taken in the College of Education, in the College of Arts and Sciences, or any other area offering courses relevant to the student’s program.

Candidacy Examinations and Advancement to Candidacy

The student must successfully pass candidacy examinations covering course work and also submit copies of a dissertation proposal, which has been approved by the supervisory committee, to the Dean of the College and to the Dean of the University Graduate School.

Dissertation: (12)

The student is responsible for a minimum 12 semester hours of dissertation credits. The dissertation must be an original contribution to knowledge in an area of early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education, one of the K-12 areas, or in instructional leadership.

The student is expected to complete the dissertation within 5 years from the date of advancement to candidacy (i.e. successful completion of all written and oral examinations, favorable recommendations of the supervisory and guidance committee, and an approved dissertation proposal). A minimum of 3 credit hours of dissertation are taken each semester the dissertation is being prepared. Continuous enrollment in dissertation study (including Summer semester) is required.

EDG 7980 Ed.D.Dissertation 12

Curriculum and Instruction: Art Education (30)
Consult Program Advisor

Curriculum and Instruction: Early Childhood Education (30)

Consult Program Advisor

Curriculum and Instruction: Elementary Education (30)

Consult Program Advisor

Curriculum and Instruction: English Education (30)

Consult Program Advisor

Curriculum and Instruction: International and Intercultural Development Education
Consult Program Advisor

Curriculum and Instruction: Instructional Leadership (30)

Consult Program Advisor

Curriculum and Instruction: Learning Technologies (30)

Consult Program Advisor

Curriculum and Instruction: Mathematics Education (30)

Consult Program Advisor

Curriculum and Instruction: Modern Language / Bilingual Education (30)

Consult Program Advisor

Curriculum and Instruction: Reading Education (30)

Consult Program Advisor

Curriculum and Instruction: Science Education (30)

Consult Program Advisor

Curriculum and Instruction: Social Studies Education (30)

Consult Program Advisor

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Program Leader: Dr. Peter Cistone
E-mail: cistonep@fiu.edu
Phone: 305-348-2665

Common Minimum Admission Requirements

The College of Education has common admission requirements for its doctoral programs regardless of the specialty sought. Applicants to the program must submit the following records and documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. A completed online application for Graduate Admission with appropriate fees.
  2. An official copy of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores.
  3. Official transcripts of all higher education institutions attended.
  4. Three letters of reference attesting to the applicant’s ability to succeed in doctoral study.
  5. A current resume/vitae.
  6. A statement that sets forth the applicant’s career goals and relates these goals to the completion of the doctoral program.
  7. Letters and any other supporting documents are to be sent to FIU Graduate Admissions Office, 11200 SW 8th Street, PC 230, Miami, FL 33199.

No action will be taken on incomplete files. A file is considered incomplete if any of the above is missing.
The application and all supporting documentation are reviewed by program faculty. The criteria applied in reviewing the applicant’s file are noted below. Exceptions to one or more of the stated criteria may be granted provided the applicant can provide compelling reasons and evidence.

  1. A grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in upper level undergraduate work.
  2. A 3.25 GPA in all graduate work attempted.
  3. A master’s degree from an accredited institution, A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution may be accepted for Admission.
  4. Graduate Record Examination completed within the past five years. There is no minimum requirement for the GRE. However, candidates are advised that low scores can result in denial of the application.
  5. International graduate student applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A total score of 80 on the iBT TOEFL or 6.5 overall on the IELTS is required.

Upon completion of the review of the file the applicant will be interviewed by program and departmental faculty which comprise a Faculty Admissions Committee. Final decisions are made by the Faculty Admissions Committee and the Dean of the College. As admission to programs is competitive, meeting minimum admission requirements does not assure admission into the program. A candidate for admission to the program will be judged not only on the basis of quantitative criteria (listed elsewhere in this catalog) but also in relation to prior experience, especially as it relates to future career goals. Additional information is available from the individual program faculty.

Professional Education Core

  • EDF 7937 Advanced Topics in the Social Foundations of Education (3)

  • EDP 7057 Educational Psychology: Advanced Applications (3)

    All doctoral students must enroll in EDF 7937 within their first year of admission.


Research and Statistics Core (9 hours minimum)

A research requirement of nine semester hours, taken in the order listed, is common to all College of Education doctoral programs.

  • EDF 6472 Research Methods in Education: Introduction to Data Analysis (3)

  • EDF 6486 Advanced Data Analysis in Quantitative Educational Research1 (3)

    1 Prerequisite: EDF 5481 and EDF 6472.

And one of the following:

  • EDF 7403C Quantitative Foundations of Educational Research (3)
    or
  • EDF 6475 Qualitative Foundations of Educational Research (3)

Candidacy Examinations and Advancement to Candidacy

The student must complete all coursework, successfully pass both written and oral candidacy examinations covering course work and also submit copies of a dissertation proposal, which has been approved by the supervisory committee, to the Dean of the College and to the Dean of the University Graduate School.

Program Core (24-36 hours minimum)

Advised Electives

Dissertation: (24 hours minimum)

The student is responsible for a minimum of 24 semester hours of dissertation credits. The dissertation must be an original contribution to knowledge. The doctoral dissertation is the final component of the series of academic experiences that culminate in the awarding of the Ed.D. degree. A successful dissertation is a demonstration of the candidate’s ability to use the tools and methods of basic and/or applied research in the field, to organize the findings, and to report them in a literate, logical, and compelling fashion.

The student is expected to complete the dissertation within five (5) years from the date of advancement to candidacy (i.e. successful completion of all written and oral examinations, and favorable recommendations of the supervisory and guidance committee). A minimum of six credit hours of dissertation is to be undertaken each semester while the dissertation is being prepared. Continuous enrollment in dissertation study is required (including summer semesters).

Educational Administration and Supervision

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program in Educational Administration and Supervision is designed for students who wish to pursue leadership roles in educational institutions. The program of studies prepares students for careers as school superintendents, principals, directors and supervisors; administrators in state, federal, and international agencies; professors of Educational Administration; and administrators in institutions of higher education.

The curriculum is designed to enable students to become familiar with and utilize effectively both theoretical and technical knowledge. The program of study is multidisciplinary and integrates broad intellectual perspectives into the study and practice of Educational Administration.

Additional Admission Requirements

In addition to the common admission requirements for doctoral programs in the College of Education, an applicant must:

  1. Provide evidence of at least three years of successful and appropriate professional experience.
  2. Engage in an interview with a committee of program faculty.
  3. Receive a positive endorsement of the program faculty.

Program of Study
The program requires the completion of a minimum of 99 semester hours of academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree. Program requirements include the following:

  • Educational Administration and Supervision 33

  • Minor/Cognate Area 15

  • Professional Education Core 6

  • Research and Statistics Core 12

  • Upon completion of the coursework, each student must pass a doctoral candidacy examination and be advanced to candidacy.

Doctoral Dissertation (EDA 7980) 24

A candidate for the doctorate in Educational Administration and Supervision is required to prepare and present for faculty approval a doctoral dissertation that demonstrates a capacity for independent thought and for the application of the tools and methods of research to educational issues and problems.

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Program Leader: Elizabeth Cramer
E-mail: cramere@fiu.edu
Phone: 305-348-2425

The Doctoral Program in Exceptional Student Education prepares leadership personnel capable of advancing educational opportunities available to students with disabilities and the professional who serves them. The program prepares professionals for a broad view of leadership, capable of assuming roles as administrator, curriculum specialist, researcher, advocate, in-service and preservice trainer and others. Graduates take on leadership positions in schools, state government, private non-profit agencies, professional organizations, and other institutions of higher education.
 
Admission Requirements

The College of Education has common admission requirements for its Doctoral Programs regardless of the specialty sought. Applicants to the program must submit the following records and documents to the Office of Admissions:

1. An on-line Application for the Graduate Admissions Office with appropriate fees. (http://gradschool.fiu.edu)

2. An official copy of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores.

3. Official transcripts of all higher education institutions attended.

 

Additionally, applicants must submit the following to the Office of Advanced Graduate Studies in the College of Education.

1. Three letters of reference attesting to the applicant’s ability to succeed in doctoral study. Letters and any other supporting documents are to be sent to FIU Graduate Admission Office, 11200 SW 8th Street, PC 230, Miami, FL 33199.

2. A current resume/vitae.

 
It is recommended that interested applicants contact a special education advisor at (305) 348-2003 to discuss the program in detail. No action will be taken on incomplete files. A file is considered incomplete if any of the above is missing.


The application and all supporting documentation are reviewed by program faculty. An on-site interview will be scheduled for viable candidates. The criteria applied in reviewing the applicant’s file are noted below. Exceptions to one or more of the stated criteria may be granted provided the applicant can provide compelling reasons and evidence.

  1. A grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in upper level undergraduate work;
  2. A 3.25 GPA in all graduate work attempted;
  3. A master’s degree from an accredited institution;
  4. A minimum combined verbal and quantitative score of 1000 on the GRE;
  5. International graduate student applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A total score of 80 on the iBT TOEFL or overall 6.5 on the IELTS is required.

Upon completion of the review of the file, the applicant will be interviewed by program and departmental faculty which comprise a Faculty Admissions Committee. Final admission recommendations are made by the Faculty Admissions Committee and the Dean of the College. As admission to programs is competitive, meeting minimum admission requirements does not assure admission into the program. A candidate for admission to the program will be judged not only on the basis of quantitative criteria (listed elsewhere in this catalog) but also in relation to prior experience, especially as it relates to future career goals. Additional information is available from the Coordinator of Doctoral Programs or Program Faculty.

Professional Studies Core: (6)

  • EDP 7057 Educational Psychology: Advanced Applications (3)

  • EDF 7937 Advanced Topics in Social Foundations of Education (3)

Special Education Core: (18-24)

  • EEX 7795 Advanced Issues in Education of CLD Students with Disabilities (3)

  • EEX 7933 Advanced Topics in Special Education(repeated 3 times) (9)

  • EEX 6863 Supervised Field Experience in Special Education (3-9)

  • EEX 7977 Research and Evaluation in Special Education (3)

Research Methods and Statistics: (18)

  • EDF 6472 Research Methods in Education: Introduction to Data Analysis (3)

  • EDF 6486 Advanced Data Analysis in Quantitative Educational Research (3)

  • EDP 7058 Behavioral Intervention Research and Evaluation in Education (3)

  • EDF 7403C Data Analysis in Multivariate Educational Research (3)

  • EDF 6475 Qualitative Foundations of Educational Research (3)

  • EDF 6476 Advanced Methods of Qualitative Educational Research (3)

Cognate or Minor Area of Study: (9-12)

Students design a cognate or minor area with their Program of Study Committee.

Dissertation Study: (24)

  • EEX 7980 Ed.D. Dissertation

Other Requirements

Leadership competency activities, candidacy research, candidacy examination, dissertation proposal, dissertation, oral defense of dissertation.

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E-mail: Highered@fiu.edu
Phone: 305-348-3418

Program Description

The program culminating in the Doctor of Education in Higher Education is designed to provide the opportunity for students to enhance analytical and research skills for leadership roles in institutions of higher education. Graduates are prepared for academic and administrative positions, as faculty, or as policy analysts in federal, state, or institutional roles. The program is designed to stimulate research related to higher education, particularly in urban settings.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is only done in the Fall. The deadline for an application to be submitted is February 1.
Applicants to the program must submit the following records and documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  • A completed online application for Graduate Admission with appropriate fees;
  • An official copy of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores;
  • Official transcripts of all higher education institutions attended;
  • Three letters of reference attesting to the applicant’s ability to succeed in doctoral study;
  • A current resume/vitae;
  • A statement that sets forth the applicant’s career goals and relates these goals to the completion of the doctoral program; and
  • A writing sample illustrating research skills (such as a thesis, journal article, paper submitted for academic credit; etc.).

No action will be taken on incomplete files. A file is considered incomplete if any of the above is missing.
The application and all supporting documentation are reviewed by program faculty using the criteria noted below. Exceptions to one or more of the stated criteria may be granted on the basis of other compelling evidence that the applicant is likely to be successful in this doctoral program.

  • A grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in upper level undergraduate credits;
  • A 3.25 GPA in all graduate work attempted.
  • A master’s degree from an accredited institution, preferably in a related field.
  • Graduate Record Examination completed within the past five years. There is no minimum requirement for the GRE. However, candidates are advised that low combined scores can result in denial of the application.
  • International graduate student applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A total score of 80 on the iBT TOEFL or 6.5 overall on the IELTS is required.
  • The evidence from the writing sample that the applicant can perform doctoral-level work.
  • Professional experience (other than a graduate assistantship) in a college or university is highly preferred.
  • An interview with the Program Admissions Committee.

Members of the program’s graduate faculty will constitute the Doctoral Admissions Committee. Upon completion of the review of the applicant’s file and the interview, the Doctoral Admissions Committee will make recommendations for acceptance or rejection to the Office of Graduate Studies and to the Dean of the College. The ultimate decision lies with the University Graduate School.

As admission to programs is competitive, meeting minimum admission requirements does not assure admission into the program. A candidate for admission to the program will be judged not only on the basis of quantitative criteria (e.g, GRE and GPA), but also in relation to prior experience, especially as it relates to future career goals and faculty expertise. Additional information is available from the individual program faculty.

Program Requirements

The Ed.D. Program in Higher Education requires a minimum of 78 semester hours of coursework. Course work requirements for the degree, while subject to individual variations, consist of the following:

Professional Education Core (6)

  • EDF 7937 - Advanced Topics in Social Foundations (3)
  • EDP 7057 - Educational Psychology: Advanced Applications (3)

Research Core (15)

  • EDF 6472 Research Methods in Education: Introduction to Data Analysis (3)
  • EDF 6486 Advanced Data Analysis in Quantitative Educational Research (3)
  • EDF 6475 Qualitative Foundations of Educational Research (3)

and

  • Two other advisor approved research courses (6)

**Proof of completion of a graduate-level research course (e.g., EDF 5481 or some equivalent at FlU or at another accredited institution) is required before starting the Research Core.

Educational Policy Core (3)

  • EDA 7069 Educational Policy (3)
    or
  • EDA 7288 Politics of Education (3)

Higher Education Core (21)

  • EDG 7222 Curriculum: Theory and Research
  • EDH 6047 College Student Life and Cultures
  • EDH 7065 Higher Education: Philosophical/Historical Perspectives (3)

and

  • Four other advisor approved courses focusing on higher education.

Cognate or Minor Area (18)

The cognate area requires a minimum of 18 semester hours of course work in a single area. The courses should be chosen with regard to coherence and relevance to the anticipated substantive aspect of the dissertation and in consultation with the student’s advisor. The cognate may be taken in the College of Education, and may be used as an extension of expertise in the major. The cognate may also be taken at any college at FIU.

Guided Cognate or Minor (18)


In lieu of a more traditional, open-ended cognate, the student may opt to take a more focused area of study. The cognates/minors below, and the required courses, are as follows:

Adult Education/Human Resources (18)


This cognate/minor is designed to give students in the doctoral program in Higher Education preparation to facilitate individual, organizational, and career development and advancement of adults in the nation and the world.

Required:

  • ADE 6674 Trends and Issues in AD/HRD

and

  • Five other courses approved by the program leader in AE/HRD and the student’s advisor.

International and Intercultural Education (18)

The cognate/minor is designed to give doctoral students in Higher Education an understanding of the processes of globalization, the global environment, and the responsibilities of citizenship in an increasingly interdependent world.

Required:

  • EDF 6812 National Education Systems: A Comparative Analysis
    and
  • Five other courses approved by the program leader in International and Intercultural Education and the student's advisor.

Doctoral Seminar (3)

  • EDH 7981 Seminar in Writing the Dissertation (3)

This will be a culminating experience taken prior to the defense of the dissertation proposal (or no sooner than the last term of non-dissertation coursework). Intended to be taken with doctoral students in the program, the class is geared to prepare students for the proposal and dissertation by providing students with a mutually-supportive process of inquiry.

Dissertation (12 hours minimum)

  • EDH 7980 Ed.D. Dissertation (12)

The student is responsible for a minimum of 12 semester hours of dissertation credits. All doctoral students must be continuously enrolled in a minimum of three (3) dissertation credits each term following advancement to candidacy until graduation.

Program of Study


The Program of Study is the student’s plan for coursework in all the required areas of program. The required sections include the professional, research, educational policy, and higher education cores, as well as the cognate or track, the doctoral seminar, and the dissertation hours. The program of study must be approved by the student’s Program Advisory Committee (see below). Prior to the candidacy examination (see below), students must complete a program of study, approved by the program committee, to the University Graduate School.

Candidacy Examination and Advancement to Candidacy


The student must successfully pass qualifying examinations after substantially completing their non-dissertation course work. The qualifying examination consists of both written and oral portions (the latter is called the defense of the candidacy examination). The candidacy examination is written and graded by the students’ program advisory committee. The chair of the program advisory committee will forward to the Office of Graduate Studies and to the University Graduate School the results of the candidacy examination. The University Graduate School admits students to candidacy.

Program Advisory Committee


After admission, but before the candidacy examination, the student must constitute the program advisory committee. This committee must be made up of three graduate faculty, one of which will be the chair and one of which must include a member of the program’s faculty. The committee will approve the student’s program of study, and it will develop and grade the candidacy examination. The program advisory committee ends upon the student’s completion of the candidacy examination.

Dissertation Committee


Prior to defending a proposal, the students must select a dissertation committee, made up of at least 4 faculty members, one of which will be the director (or chair) of the dissertation. The chair/director of the dissertation must have dissertation advisor status and all committee members must also be members of the FIU graduate faculty. Further information about the dissertation is available from the student’s advisor, the Office of Graduate Studies in the College of Education, and the University Graduate School.

Dissertation Proposal


The students admitted to candidacy must successfully complete and defend a proposal for their dissertation, which constitutes the research plan for the dissertation. More information about the dissertation proposal is available from the student’s advisor, the Office of Graduate Studies in the College of Education, and the University Graduate School.

The Ed.D. Dissertation


The dissertation must be an original contribution to knowledge. The doctoral dissertation is the final component of the series of academic experiences that culminate in the awarding of the Ed.D. degree. A successful dissertation is a demonstration of the candidate’s ability to use the tools and methods of basic and/or applied research in the field, to organize the findings, and to report them in a literate, logical, and compelling fashion.

Transfer Credit


Students may apply up to 12 semester hours of previously-completed graduate degree towards their program of study (only six (6) graduate credits may be applied from a non-completed graduate degree). Exceptions to this rule may only be given with the approval of the program faculty and the University Graduate School. Students may apply courses for which they have obtained a B grade or better from an accredited institution. The transfer credit cannot be used to satisfy more than one-half of the requirements in any section of the program of study.

Time to Completion


The time to completion, from admission to graduation, is nine (9) years. Students must have completed all coursework and program requirements within that time, including a successful defense of the dissertation. At the time of graduation, all coursework and program requirements cannot be more than nine years old, unless part of the 12 credits transferred from a previously-earned graduate degree.

Graduation Requirements


The following is required for successful graduation from the program:

  1. Successful completion of the program of study, including all course work and comprehensive exams;
  2. GPA of 3.00 or better; and
  3. Successful completion, defense, and University approval of the dissertation.
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Program Leader: Dr. Linda Spears-Bunton
E-mail: spears@fiu.edu
Phone: 305-348-2976

The Department of Teaching and Learning offers the Ph.D. program in Curriculum and Instruction with concentration in Language, Literacy, and Culture; Science, Mathematics, and Learning Technologies; and Curriculum and Instruction. The program is offered to prospective students who will become scholars engaged in studies within broad historical, social, political, economic, linguistic, and intellectual contexts in the country and abroad. The program seeks to produce research scholars who are well-equipped for empirical and systematic examinations of educational theories, strategies, principles, and practices related to the content and organization of curriculum and to the process and outcome of instruction. The Ph.D. program in Curriculum and Instruction enables highly select students of demonstrated ability, industry, and motivation to serve as apprentices to mentors who are established scholars in their fields of study. Under the supervision of a faculty mentor, the students engage in a period of extensive study and investigation that culminates in the demonstrations of expertise, creativity and originality by means of independent research.
 
Admission Requirements

Minimum admissions requirements for the Ph.D. Program in Curriculum and Instruction are as follows:

  1. A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution in an appropriate area with a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.
  2. Graduate Record Examination completed within the past five years. There is no minimum requirement for the GRE. However, candidates are advised that low scores can result in denial of the application.
  3. International graduate student applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A total score of 80 on the iBT TOEFL or 6.5 overall on the IELTS is required.
  4. Three letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s academic abilities. Letters and any other supporting documents are to be sent to FIU Graduate Admission Office, 11200 SW 8th Street, PC 230, Miami, FL 33199.
  5. A letter of intent.
  6. An admissions interview by the Curriculum & Instruction Admissions Committee.

Beginning after Summer 2014, applications will only be accepted during the Fall and Spring semesters.

The Curriculum & Instruction Admissions Committee will review, interview, and make admissions recommendation for each applicant. The GPA and GRE scores stated above are minimum requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

The Ph.D. Degree requires 93 semester hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. Students with a master’s degree directly related to the area of concentration must complete a minimum of 45 semester hours at FIU beyond their master’s degree. At least 36 semester hours in the approved program of study, excluding the 24 hours of Independent Research and Dissertation, must be taken at FIU. Up to 9 semester hours of graduate credit may be transferred into the doctoral program. Each candidate must also register for a minimum of 24 semester hours of credit in independent research and dissertation directed by a qualified graduate faculty dissertation chair in the appropriate area of Language, Literacy and Culture, Science, Mathematics, and Learning Technologies, and Curriculum and Instruction.

The Ph.D. program of study includes seven required components:

  1. Doctoral Core (15 semester hours)
  2. Research Inquiry and Analysis (18 semester hours)
  3. Cognate Study (9 semester hours)
  4. Doctoral Internship (6 semester hours)
  5. Major Area of Concentration (21 semester hours)
  6. Residency
  7. Independent Research and Dissertation (24 semester hours minimum)

1. The Doctoral Core includes a coherent sequence of courses and experiences required of all students. The Doctoral Core is divided into two areas: Curriculum & Instruction Core, Professional Education Core.

C & I Core:
(15 semester hours)

  • EDG 7222 Curriculum: Theory and Research (3)

  • EDG 7362 Instruction: Theory and Research (3)

    Choose from one of the following:

  • EDG 7665 Seminar in Curriculum (3)

  • EDG 7667 Advanced Topics in Curriculum (3)

  • EDG 7692 Politics of Curriculum (3)

  • EDG 7923 Doctoral Seminar in Curriculum (3)

  • EDG 7xxx Curriculum and Instruction in the Global Setting (3)

Professional Education Core: (6 semester hours)

  • EDF 7937 Advanced Topics in the Social Foundations of Education (3)

  • EDP 7057 Educational Psychology: Advanced Applications (3)

2. Research Inquiry and Analysis: (18 semester hours)

At least 18 semester hours of advanced course work to include specialization in analytic methods related to dissertation and the comprehensive exam component on research.

  • EDF 5481 Foundations of Educational Research (3)

  • EDF 6472 Introduction to Data Analysis in Educational Research (3)

  • EDF 6481 Educational Research Methodology (3)

  • EDF 6486 Advanced Data Analysis in Quantitative Educational Research (3)

  • EDF 6475 Qualitative Foundations of Educational Research (3)

  • EDF 7403 Data Analysis in Multivariate Educational Research (3)

  • EDF 6476 Advanced Methods of Qualitative Educational Research (3)

3. Cognate Study: (9 Semester Hours)

The cognate area of study broadens the students’ understanding of the conceptual base and issues underlying their declared major area of concentration. Courses in the cognate area are drawn from outside of the Department or from outside of the College and have a clear link to the anticipated dissertation efforts.

4. Doctoral Internship: (6 semester hours)

Six hours of doctoral internships are required in the areas of research and teaching/curriculum development. Each of the internships is assigned (1) semester hour credit for a total of six semester hours. The internship assignments will be completed during the student’s full-time, two-year period of uninterrupted study in a supervised apprenticeship with a faculty mentor.
EDG 6943 Supervised Field Experience 6

5. Major Area of Specialization: (21 semester hours)

(Select up to 21 semester hours in consultation with Major Professor/Committee)

Specialization III: Curriculum and Instruction

  • EDG 6250 General Curriculum Development (3)

  • EDG 6286 Curriculum Evaluation (3)

  • EDG 6920 Colloquium in Curriculum and Instruction (3)

  • ESE 6215 Secondary School Curriculum (3)

6. Residency

The residency requirement consists of two calendar years of full-time study. The residency provides a period of time for productive scholarship, research, teaching, and collegiality at a professional level. The supervised internship assignment is completed during the Residency period.

Candidacy Examination and Admission to Candidacy

To be admitted to candidacy, a student must meet the Residency Requirement and complete all coursework. The student must also successfully pass the candidacy examinations covering course work approved by the Program of Study Committee. Candidates then submit copies of a dissertation proposal, which has been approved by the research committee, to the Dean of the College of Education and to the Dean of the University Graduate School.

7. Independent Research and Dissertation: (24 Semester Hours Minimum)

The dissertation will demonstrate the student’s ability to conduct research of substantial rigor and contribute to advancing the knowledge base and scholarship in an area within the field of Curriculum & Instruction
EDG 7980 Doctoral Dissertation 24

Add-on Endorsement in ESOL

Individuals who currently hold or are working toward teacher certification in Elementary, English, Foreign Language or Special Education, may receive the Add-on Endorsement in ESOL by completing the following set of courses:

Required Courses

  • EDG 5707 Cultural and Cross-Cultural Studies (3)

  • TSL 5142 Curriculum Development in ESOL (3)

  • TSL 5245 Developing ESOL Language and Literacy (3)

  • TSL 5371 Special Methods of TESOL (3)

  • TSL 5938 Principles of ESOL Testing (3)
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Program Leader: Dr. Linda Spears-Bunton
E-mail: spears@fiu.edu
Phone: 305-348-2976

Ph.D. Program in Curriculum and Instruction

The Department of Teaching and Learning offers the Ph.D. program in Curriculum and Instruction with concentration in Language, Literacy, and Culture; Science, Mathematics, and Learning Technologies; and Curriculum and Instruction. The program is offered to prospective students who will become scholars engaged in studies within broad historical, social, political, economic, linguistic, and intellectual contexts in the country and abroad. The program seeks to produce research scholars who are well-equipped for empirical and systematic examinations of educational theories, strategies, principles, and practices related to the content and organization of curriculum and to the process and outcome of instruction. The Ph.D. program in Curriculum and Instruction enables highly select students of demonstrated ability, industry, and motivation to serve as apprentices to mentors who are established scholars in their fields of study. Under the supervision of a faculty mentor, the students engage in a period of extensive study and investigation that culminates in the demonstrations of expertise, creativity and originality by means of independent research.
 
Admission Requirements

Minimum admissions requirements for the Ph.D. Program in Curriculum and Instruction are as follows:

  1. A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution in an appropriate area with a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.
  2. Graduate Record Examination completed within the past five years. There is no minimum requirement for the GRE. However, candidates are advised that low scores can result in denial of the application.
  3. International graduate student applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A total score of 80 on the iBT TOEFL or 6.5 overall on the IELTS is required.
  4. Three letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s academic abilities. Letters and any other supporting documents are to be sent to FIU Graduate Admission Office, 11200 SW 8th Street, PC 230, Miami, FL 33199.
  5. A letter of intent.
  6. An admissions interview by the Curriculum & Instruction Admissions Committee.

The Curriculum & Instruction Admissions Committee will review, interview, and make admissions recommendation for each applicant. The GPA and GRE scores stated above are minimum requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

The Ph.D. Degree requires 93 semester hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. Students with a master’s degree directly related to the area of concentration must complete a minimum of 45 semester hours at FIU beyond their master’s degree. At least 36 semester hours in the approved program of study, excluding the 24 hours of Independent Research and Dissertation, must be taken at FIU. Up to 9 semester hours of graduate credit may be transferred into the doctoral program. Each candidate must also register for a minimum of 24 semester hours of credit in independent research and dissertation directed by a qualified graduate faculty dissertation chair in the appropriate area of Language, Literacy and Culture, Science, Mathematics, and Learning Technologies, and Curriculum and Instruction.

The Ph.D. program of study includes seven required components:

  1. Doctoral Core (15 semester hours)
  2. Research Inquiry and Analysis (18 semester hours)
  3. Cognate Study (9 semester hours)
  4. Doctoral Internship (6 semester hours)
  5. Major Area of Concentration (21 semester hours)
  6. Residency
  7. Independent Research and Dissertation (24 semester hours minimum)

1. The Doctoral Core includes a coherent sequence of courses and experiences required of all students. The Doctoral Core is divided into two areas: Curriculum & Instruction Core, Professional Education Core.

C & I Core:
(15 semester hours)

  • EDG 7222 Curriculum: Theory and Research (3)

  • EDG 7362 Instruction: Theory and Research (3)

Choose from one of the following:

  • EDG 7665 Seminar in Curriculum (3)

  • EDG 7667 Advanced Topics in Curriculum (3)

  • EDG 7692 Politics of Curriculum (3)

  • EDG 7923 Doctoral Seminar in Curriculum (3)

  • EDG 7xxx Curriculum and Instruction in the Global Setting (3)

Professional Education Core: (6 semester hours)

  • EDF 7937 Advanced Topics in the Social Foundations of Education (3)

  • EDP 7057 Educational Psychology: Advanced Applications (3)

2. Research Inquiry and Analysis: (18 semester hours)

At least 18 semester hours of advanced course work to include specialization in analytic methods related to dissertation and the comprehensive exam component on research.

  • EDF 5481 Foundations of Educational Research (3)

  • EDF 6472 Introduction to Data Analysis in Educational Research (3)

  • EDF 6481 Educational Research Methodology (3)

  • EDF 6486 Advanced Data Analysis in Quantitative Educational Research (3)

  • EDF 6475 Qualitative Foundations of Educational Research (3)

  • EDF 7403 Data Analysis in Multivariate Educational Research (3)

  • EDF 6476 Advanced Methods of Qualitative Educational Research (3)

3. Cognate Study: (9 Semester Hours)

The cognate area of study broadens the students’ understanding of the conceptual base and issues underlying their declared major area of concentration. Courses in the cognate area are drawn from outside of the Department or from outside of the College and have a clear link to the anticipated dissertation efforts.

4. Doctoral Internship: (6 semester hours)

Six hours of doctoral internships are required in the areas of research and teaching/curriculum development. Each of the internships is assigned (1) semester hour credit for a total of six semester hours. The internship assignments will be completed during the student’s full-time, two-year period of uninterrupted study in a supervised apprenticeship with a faculty mentor.
EDG 6943 Supervised Field Experience 6

5. Major Area of Specialization: (21 semester hours)

(Select up to 21 semester hours in consultation with Major Professor/Committee)

Specialization I: Language, Literacy, and Culture

  • FLE 6938 Seminar in Second Language Testing (3)

  • FLE 7938 Doctoral Seminar in Multicultural Education (3)

  • LAE 6935 Seminar in English Education (3)

  • RED 7938 Doctoral Seminar in Reading Education (3)

  • SSE 6394 Social Studies in Other Nations (3)

  • SSE 6795 Seminar: Research in Social Studies (3)

  • LAE 6925 Composition Research: Issues and Trends (3)

  • LAE 7938 Doctoral Seminar in English Education (3)

  • RED 6747 Research in Reading (3)

  • RED 6931 Seminar in Reading Education (3)

  • RED 7912 Doctoral Directed Study in Reading (3)

  • SSE 6939 Seminar in Social Studies Education (3)

  • SSE 7938 Doctoral Seminar in Social Studies Education (3)

  • EDE 6930 Seminar in Elementary Education (3)

  • EDE 6488 Research in Elementary Education (3)

  • EDE 7935 Doctoral Seminar in Elementary Education (3)

  • SPS 7176 Consultation and Assessment with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations (3)

  • EEC 6678 Research in Early Childhood Education (3)

  • EEC 6932 Seminar in Early Childhood Education (3)

  • EEC 7932 Doctoral Seminar in Early Childhood Education (3)

6. Residency

The residency requirement consists of two calendar years of full-time study. The residency provides a period of time for productive scholarship, research, teaching, and collegiality at a professional level. The supervised internship assignment is completed during the Residency period.

Candidacy Examination and Admission to Candidacy

To be admitted to candidacy, a student must meet the Residency Requirement and complete all coursework. The student must also successfully pass the candidacy examinations covering course work approved by the Program of Study Committee. Candidates then submit copies of a dissertation proposal, which has been approved by the research committee, to the Dean of the College of Education and to the Dean of the University Graduate School.

7. Independent Research and Dissertation: (24 Semester Hours Minimum)

The dissertation will demonstrate the student’s ability to conduct research of substantial rigor and contribute to advancing the knowledge base and scholarship in an area within the field of Curriculum & Instruction
EDG 7980 Doctoral Dissertation 24

Add-on Endorsement in ESOL

Individuals who currently hold or are working toward teacher certification in Elementary, English, Foreign Language or Special Education, may receive the Add-on Endorsement in ESOL by completing the following set of courses:

Required Courses

  • EDG 5707 Cultural and Cross-Cultural Studies (3)

  • TSL 5142 Curriculum Development in ESOL (3)

  • TSL 5245 Developing ESOL Language and Literacy (3)

  • TSL 5371 Special Methods of TESOL (3)

  • TSL 5938 Principles of ESOL Testing (3)
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Program Leader: Dr. Linda Spears-Bunton
E-mail: spears@fiu.edu
Phone: 305-348-2976

Ph.D. Program in Curriculum and Instruction

The Department of Teaching and Learning offers the Ph.D. program in Curriculum and Instruction with concentration in Language, Literacy, and Culture; Science, Mathematics, and Learning Technologies; and Curriculum and Instruction. The program is offered to prospective students who will become scholars engaged in studies within broad historical, social, political, economic, linguistic, and intellectual contexts in the country and abroad. The program seeks to produce research scholars who are well-equipped for empirical and systematic examinations of educational theories, strategies, principles, and practices related to the content and organization of curriculum and to the process and outcome of instruction. The Ph.D. program in Curriculum and Instruction enables highly select students of demonstrated ability, industry, and motivation to serve as apprentices to mentors who are established scholars in their fields of study. Under the supervision of a faculty mentor, the students engage in a period of extensive study and investigation that culminates in the demonstrations of expertise, creativity and originality by means of independent research.
 
Admission Requirements

Minimum admissions requirements for the Ph.D. Program in Curriculum and Instruction are as follows:

  1. A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution in an appropriate area with a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.
  2. Graduate Record Examination completed within the past five years. There is no minimum requirement for the GRE. However, candidates are advised that low scores can result in denial of the application.
  3. International graduate student applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A total score of 80 on the iBT TOEFL or 6.5 overall on the IELTS is required.
  4. Three letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s academic abilities. Letters and any other supporting documents are to be sent to FIU Graduate Admission Office, 11200 SW 8th Street, PC 230, Miami, FL 33199.
  5. A letter of intent.
  6. An admissions interview by the Curriculum & Instruction Admissions Committee.

The Curriculum & Instruction Admissions Committee will review, interview, and make admissions recommendation for each applicant. The GPA and GRE scores stated above are minimum requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

The Ph.D. Degree requires 93 semester hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. Students with a master’s degree directly related to the area of concentration must complete a minimum of 45 semester hours at FIU beyond their master’s degree. At least 36 semester hours in the approved program of study, excluding the 24 hours of Independent Research and Dissertation, must be taken at FIU. Up to 9 semester hours of graduate credit may be transferred into the doctoral program. Each candidate must also register for a minimum of 24 semester hours of credit in independent research and dissertation directed by a qualified graduate faculty dissertation chair in the appropriate area of Language, Literacy and Culture, Science, Mathematics, and Learning Technologies, and Curriculum and Instruction.

The Ph.D. program of study includes seven required components:

  1. Doctoral Core (15 semester hours)
  2. Research Inquiry and Analysis (18 semester hours)
  3. Cognate Study (9 semester hours)
  4. Doctoral Internship (6 semester hours)
  5. Major Area of Concentration (21 semester hours)
  6. Residency
  7. Independent Research and Dissertation (24 semester hours minimum)

1. The Doctoral Core includes a coherent sequence of courses and experiences required of all students. The Doctoral Core is divided into two areas: Curriculum & Instruction Core, Professional Education Core.

C & I Core:
(15 semester hours)

  • EDG 7222 Curriculum: Theory and Research (3)

  • EDG 7362 Instruction: Theory and Research (3)

Choose from one of the following:

  • EDG 7665 Seminar in Curriculum (3)

  • EDG 7667 Advanced Topics in Curriculum (3)

  • EDG 7692 Politics of Curriculum (3)

  • EDG 7923 Doctoral Seminar in Curriculum (3)

  • EDG 7xxx Curriculum and Instruction in the Global Setting (3)

Professional Education Core: (6 semester hours)

  • EDF 7937 Advanced Topics in the Social Foundations of Education (3)

  • EDP 7057 Educational Psychology: Advanced Applications (3)

2. Research Inquiry and Analysis: (18 semester hours)

At least 18 semester hours of advanced course work to include specialization in analytic methods related to dissertation and the comprehensive exam component on research.

  • EDF 5481 Foundations of Educational Research (3)

  • EDF 6472 Introduction to Data Analysis in Educational Research (3)

  • EDF 6481 Educational Research Methodology (3)

  • EDF 6486 Advanced Data Analysis in Quantitative Educational Research (3)

  • EDF 6475 Qualitative Foundations of Educational Research (3)

  • EDF 7403 Data Analysis in Multivariate Educational Research (3)

  • EDF 6476 Advanced Methods of Qualitative Educational Research (3)

3. Cognate Study: (9 Semester Hours)

The cognate area of study broadens the students’ understanding of the conceptual base and issues underlying their declared major area of concentration. Courses in the cognate area are drawn from outside of the Department or from outside of the College and have a clear link to the anticipated dissertation efforts.

4. Doctoral Internship: (6 semester hours)

Six hours of doctoral internships are required in the areas of research and teaching/curriculum development. Each of the internships is assigned (1) semester hour credit for a total of six semester hours. The internship assignments will be completed during the student’s full-time, two-year period of uninterrupted study in a supervised apprenticeship with a faculty mentor.

  • EDG 6943 Supervised Field Experience (6)

5. Major Area of Specialization: (21 semester hours)

(Select up to 21 semester hours in consultation with Major Professor/Committee)

Specialization II: Mathematics, Science, and Learning Technologies

  • EME 6507 Advanced Interactive Multimedia (3)

  • EME 7936 Special Topics in Learning Technologies (3)

  • EME 7938 Advanced Seminar in Learning Technologies (3)

  • EME 7457 Teaching and Learning at a Distance (3)

  • MAE 7165 Curriculum Development in Mathematics Education (3)

  • Mathematics (18)

  • SCE 6933 Seminar in Science Education (3)

  • SCE 7165 Curriculum Development in Science Education (3)

  • SCE 7761 Research in Science Education (3)

  • SCE 7938 Doctoral Seminar in Science Education (3)

6. Residency

The residency requirement consists of two calendar years of full-time study. The residency provides a period of time for productive scholarship, research, teaching, and collegiality at a professional level. The supervised internship assignment is completed during the Residency period.

Candidacy Examination and Admission to Candidacy

To be admitted to candidacy, a student must meet the Residency Requirement and complete all coursework. The student must also successfully pass the candidacy examinations covering course work approved by the Program of Study Committee. Candidates then submit copies of a dissertation proposal, which has been approved by the research committee, to the Dean of the College of Education and to the Dean of the University Graduate School.

7. Independent Research and Dissertation: (24 Semester Hours Minimum)

The dissertation will demonstrate the student’s ability to conduct research of substantial rigor and contribute to advancing the knowledge base and scholarship in an area within the field of Curriculum & Instruction
EDG 7980 Doctoral Dissertation 24

Add-on Endorsement in ESOL

Individuals who currently hold or are working toward teacher certification in Elementary, English, Foreign Language or Special Education, may receive the Add-on Endorsement in ESOL by completing the following set of courses:

Required Courses

  • EDG 5707 Cultural and Cross-Cultural Studies (3)

  • TSL 5142 Curriculum Development in ESOL (3)

  • TSL 5245 Developing ESOL Language and Literacy (3)

  • TSL 5371 Special Methods of TESOL (3)

  • TSL 5938 Principles of ESOL Testing (3)
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