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Ph.D. in Education with concentration in Education Research and Evaluation

The Fischler College of Education is no longer accepting new applicants for this program.

The doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education with a concentration in Educational Research and Evaluation program prepares individuals to develop expertise in educational research methods in the areas of measurement, program evaluation, qualitative research methods, and statistics, as they are applied in educational and other behavioral sciences. Graduates of the program are prepared for academic positions as research methodologists, corporate positions in research and testing agencies, or government positions as researchers, evaluators, or administrators of research programs in education or other areas of the behavioral sciences. The curriculum and program learning outcomes are grounded in continuous application of a theory-to-practice model that facilitates synergy in work-world settings in order to produce a new generation of local, national, and global research leaders who will effect positive changes in a diverse and multicultural society.

  • An official transcript from a regionally accredited institution indicating a conferred master’s degree with a minimum CGPA of 3.3, and official final  transcripts from all graduate coursework
  • Three professional letters of recommendation by three different individuals who can attest to the applicant's ability to succeed in a Ph.D. program.
  • Resumes are required for Ph.D. applicants.  In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, the resume should include any experience you have in teaching and research as well as including a list of all licenses and certifications you may have attained
  • A score on either the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE®). The test score submitted must have been taken within the past five (5) years (regardless of score).

    • Recommended score on MAT: Submit a test score report showing a raw score of 37 (scaled score between 391-396)
    • Recommended score on GRE: scores of 1000 (combined Verbal and Quantitative scales only) for tests taken prior to August 1, 2011 or GRE scores of 300 (combined Verbal and Quantitative scales only) for tests taken on or after August 1, 2011
  • Personal statement of goals. The statement of purpose describes your academic and professional goals and any experience relevant to the Ph.D. program. This is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your writing skills as you describe your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.
  • Personal interview (may be conducted by phone).

International Students

International students wishing to pursue this degree program in the United States may not qualify for a student visa due to its online instructional delivery format. Students should contact an enrollment counselor to discuss their options prior to beginning the application process.

Transfer of Credit

A maximum of nine semester hours of credit will be considered for transfer if (1) the credit was earned within five calendar years of request for transfer, (2) the credit was earned post-Master's degree from a regionally accredited university, (3) the content of the courses requested for transfer is equivalent to the study area courses in the program, (4) the courses were not used towards a prior degree, and (5) a grade of A or B was earned in each of the courses requested for transfer. A grade of P (Pass) of CR (Credit) or other such grade will not be accepted. No credit for experiential learning, or other forms of advanced standing, will be granted. Exceptions to the maximum number of transfer credits allowed are made only with the approval of the Office of Academic Affairs.

The student must provide the Office of Academic Affairs with a syllabus and catalog description of the courses for which transfer is sought. Students may be required to provide further documentation and supporting material such as class notes or other materials. Acceptance of graduate coursework from other colleges and/or universities is not guaranteed. Applicants who wish to request evaluation of prior coursework for consideration as transfer credit should fill out the Transfer of Credit request contained in the application and submit associated course descriptions and official transcripts at the time of application to the doctoral program.

Students currently enrolled in the FCE Ph.D. program should request and receive prior written approval from the Office of Academic Affairs before enrolling in any other institution's courses that are intended to be submitted for transfer credit. Credits earned at Nova Southeastern University are transferable only at the discretion of the receiving school. Students who wish to transfer credits from NSU should contact the admissions office of the receiving school for information.

EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH CURRICULUM (42 CREDITS)

Course Number Course Title Credits
PHDE 8000 Historical Development of American Education 3
EDRE 8100 Methods of Educational Research 3
EDRE 8200 Introduction to Statistical Methods 3
EDRE 8916 Qualitative Research 3
EDRE 8920 Mixed Methods Research 3
EDRE 8300 Experimental Design and Analysis using ANOVA models 3
EDRE 9000 Regression Analysis 3
EDRE 8913 Program Evaluation 3
EDRE 9100 Applied Nonparametric Statistics 3
EDRE 9300 Multivariate Statistics 3
EDRE 9400 Measurement Theory and Test Construction 3
EDRE 9500 Large-Scale Assessment 3
EDRE 8950 Policy Analysis in Education 3
EDRE 9320 Hierarchical Linear Modeling 3

APPLIED RESEARCH AND TRAINING COURSES (7 CREDITS)

Course Number Course Title Credits
EDRE 9600 Applied Research Practicum 4
EDRE 9350 Teaching Research Evaluation and Development 3

DISSERTATION BENCHMARKS (20 CREDITS)

Course Number Course Title Credits
ARC 8970 Research Dissertation Prospectus 4
ARC 8980 Research Dissertation I 8
ARC 8981 Research Dissertation II 8

TOTAL CREDITS: 69

The Ph.D. program is an online, cohort-based program. The program blends both asynchronous and synchronous learning to accommodate the demands of our students. The program also uses an innovative and unique pedagogical approach that allows for a learning experience that cannot be replicated by any other program of its type.

Faculty members for the Doctor of Education are scholars and educators from Nova Southeastern University and other major universities and institutions throughout the country. In addition, many are also highly respected professional practitioners, who are carefully selected on the basis of their subject area expertise, teaching abilities, and professional involvement. Most importantly, they are united in their desire to not only educate, but to inspire students to use what they learn to motivate others.

  • Complete all coursework consisting of a minimum of 69 semester credit hours;
  • Maintain a minimum overall 3.0 GPA;
  • Attend a minimum of one Summer Institute;
  • Successfully complete the applied research practicum;
  • Successfully complete the dissertation;
  • Meet all financial obligations to the university;
  • Apply for degree conferral.

During their second year in the program, students are required to attend a one-week, FCE Summer Institute as part of required coursework. Students will enroll in EDRE 9350, "Teaching Research Evaluation and Development" (3 credits) as part of the summer institute experience.

For additional information, please visit the Summer Institute Web site.

Every Ph.D. student must complete a research practicum. The practicum should occur after the completion a minimum of 15 research credits and, preferably, prior to the completion of the dissertation proposal. The practicum is designed to provide students with an opportunity to propose and engage in independent research, closely collaborating with faculty and other research leaders before moving on to the dissertation. The practicum generally results in a journal-length research paper.

The practicum is designed as a pre-dissertation research experience that would involve identifying a question or issue of interest, designing and conducting the study, and analyzing and reporting the findings. It is assumed that participation in a practicum will provide students with a range of opportunities relevant to conducting educational research.

The research practicum will support students in learning to:

  1. Propose a significant question or questions grounded in existing theory and building on or responding to other research in a field of interest
  2. Select, justify, and implement methods appropriate to the question(s) and research context
  3. Gather appropriate evidence/data
  4. Subject the evidence/data to careful analysis
  5. Reassess prior assumptions and conceptualizations in relation to evidence/data gathered and ongoing analysis
  6. Organize and present oral and written reports that are cogent, focused, and logical for a community of scholars
  7. Organize and present oral and written reports that are cogent, focused, and logical for a community of scholars
  8. Revise the written report in response to feedback

A written proposal must be approved by the student's Practicum Advisor. The written proposal should include: (1) a rationale for the study, including a brief literature review; (2) research question(s) or purpose(s); (3) methodology and method, including plans for data analysis; and (4) a brief discussion of educational significance. The student should obtain approval of the practicum proposal and, if applicable, the Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to beginning the practicum study.

The dissertation is a detailed, accurate, and cohesive account of a formal, scholarly investigation designed to answer one or more research questions directed toward a significant educational issue. This research is distinguished by a strong theoretical foundation and methodology encompassing a diversity of disciplines and research skills. Each student is assigned a dissertation chair and two committee members to facilitate and supervise the process. 

Ph.D. students are required to complete a dissertation as their culminating project and publicly defend that dissertation at a place and time mutually determined by the committee and student. There are two benchmarks in the completion of the dissertation: (1) the prospectus (ARC 8970, Research Dissertation Prospectus, 4 credits), and (2) the final report (ARC 8980 Research Dissertation I, 8 credits and ARC 8981 Research Dissertation II, 8 credits). Students should enroll in ARC 8980 only after the dissertation prospectus is approved. If not approved, students must register for ARC 8999, Dissertation Continuous Registration (2 credits), until approval is granted. ARC 8999 credits will not count towards graduation for the student but are intended to satisfy the requirement of continuous registration.

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