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2004-2005
GRADUATE RECORD
Curry School of Graduate Education
General Information  |  Categories of Graduate Status and Program/Degree Requirements
Program Descriptions  |  Faculty
Professional Development (Non-Degree)  |  Master's Degrees  |  Education Specialist Degree  |  Doctoral Degrees

Categories of Graduate Status and Program / Degree Requirements

More detailed information on degree and program requirements can be obtained from the Office of Admission and Student Affairs or from individual departments of the school.

Policy Exceptions Exceptions to program policies are granted only by the associate dean of the Curry School of Education on the basis of a petition submitted through the appropriate advisor, instructor, and/or department. Those enrolled in a M.T. teacher education program should complete the Teacher Education Policy Exception Form (available in 221 Ruffner Hall) and return the form to the teacher education director.


Professional Development (Non-Degree)

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The Professional Development Program is designed for those who hold at least a baccalaureate degree and wish to improve their professional skills by enrolling in course work in the Curry School of Education. This is not a degree program and is not intended to serve students interested in pursuing advanced degrees. Any professional development student who wishes to apply for a degree program must submit a Change of Status Form (available in the Office of Admission and Student Affairs, 104 Ruffner Hall), Graduate Record Examination scores, two letters of recommendation, a complete transcript, and a current statement of professional goals. Professional development students may be assigned an advisor from an appropriate department or program area. In some cases, enrollment in specific courses requires the approval of both the instructor and the advisor.

Professional development students are subject to the Graduate Academic Regulations of the Curry School of Education. Students in the professional development category may earn up to 12 graduate credits (or credits earned in one full-time semester on Grounds) for application toward a degree. Such credit must be approved by the student’s advisor. All other University of Virginia course work which is applied to a degree must be earned after admission to that degree program. Students planning to change their status to any degree program are responsible for knowing the various requirements for admission to, and completion of, that degree. These policies also apply to off-grounds degree programs and students taking courses through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

Professional Development (Non-degree Teacher Licensure Programs) Prior to applying to Curry, applicants must pass Praxis I. Students accepted into the Elementary and Special Education Licensure programs must earn grades of B- or better to remain enrolled. Curry will process students’ licensure applications, if submitted within two years after completion of coursework. Students missing the deadline will assume responsibility for obtaining licensure from the state.


Master’s Degrees

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Qualified students may pursue a master’s degree that focuses on advanced training in disciplines related to education, which generally lead to a Master of Education degree (M.Ed.), or graduate programs whose primary focus is on initial licensure for prospective teachers or clinicians. The latter programs generally involve the College of Arts and Sciences and include in-depth study of the teaching process or areas related to educational issues or health, leading to a Master of Teaching (M.T.) degree. All master’s programs (M.Ed. and M.T.) require at least 30 credits of graduate study. Most programs also require a practicum experience related to the area of specialization and a culminating assessment (comprehensive examination or project).

Master of Education Degree (M.Ed.)

Qualified students may pursue a master’s degree that focuses on advanced training in disciplines related to education, which generally leads to a Master of Education degree (M.Ed.),

Admission Requirements Applications should be submitted to the Office of Admission and Student Affairs of the Curry School of Education. To be considered, applicants must:

  1. hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university,
  2. have a B average or better for the last two years of undergraduate study,
  3. submit an application for admission and official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work,
  4. submit official score reports for the Graduate Record Examination(scores must be less than five years old),
  5. submit at least two letters of recommendation from professionals who can attest to his or her promise as a graduate student and professional educator,
  6. submit a statement of professional goals, and
  7. meet any additional individual departmental or program area requirements.

Program Requirements To earn a Master of Education degree, students must:

  1. complete program requirements established by the faculty of the student’s program area,
  2. demonstrate satisfactory performance on a comprehensive examination in the program area (or in some areas a project),
  3. complete a minimum of 30 credits of graduate work (additional credits are required in selected programs),
  4. complete at least 18 credits after admission to the program,
  5. earn at least 24 credits from the University of Virginia (including 18 credits on Grounds unless the program is an intact, approved off-Grounds program),
  6. submit an application for the degree to the Curry School of Education during the first thirty days of the semester in which the degree is to be awarded, and
  7. register on Grounds during the final semester.

Comprehensive Examinations When nearing completion of the program of study, the student must, with the advisor’s approval, take a comprehensive examination in his or her area of specialization. (In some programs, a project may substitute for the comprehensive examination.) This examination is developed and administered in accordance with procedures determined by the department and approved by the dean. Satisfactory performance must be demonstrated before the student can be graduated. A student who fails to perform satisfactorily on the comprehensive examination may petition for one re-examination. A re-examination, however, cannot be taken sooner than the next semester at the scheduled administration of the comprehensive examinations. Failure to appear to take the test, after having applied for it, constitutes one failure.

Transfer Credit A student, with permission of the advisor, may transfer a maximum of six graduate credits from another college or university into a Master of Education program.

Time Limit No requirements, including transferred credit, completed more than five years before the M.Ed. is to be awarded may be credited toward that degree. Exceptions must be approved by the advisor, department chair, and the associate dean, and are granted only when some emergency, such as illness, interrupts the student’s work. In such cases, the student may be required to validate out-of-date work by examination.

Graduate Degree Programs Leading to an Initial Teaching License Students who possess a baccalaureate degree (or its equivalent in a liberal arts or physical education discipline) may pursue a Master of Teaching (M.T.) degree, which will also qualify them for a teacher license in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

State Assessments of Teacher Education Under the Commonwealth of Virginia’s approved program status for schools of education, all students enrolled in a teacher education program at the University of Virginia must take the appropriate licensing exams required by the Commonwealth of Virginia for the specific program area endorsement. The scores on these exams and other evidence presented to the U.S. Secretary of Education, in accordance with Section 207 of the Higher Education Act (HEA) regarding the preparation of graduates who intend to work in the nation’s schools, demonstrates the high caliber of the students at the University of Virginia. During the 2004-2005 academic year, 498 students were enrolled in the Curry School’s Teacher Education Program and 142 students participated in the Teaching Associate (student teaching) semester involving 560 hours of student teaching. A total of 31 full or part-time faculty/doctoral students participated in supervision activities resulting in a supervising student/faculty ratio of 4.5.

The following report of Praxis exam pass rates is a mandated condition of the HEA and reflects the scores of those University of Virginia’s teacher education program completers who took the exams from September 2002-August 2003 (state-wide pass rates are shown in parentheses). Praxis I pass rate for PPST Reading was 100% (92%) and CBT Reading was 100% (96%). The PPST Writing pass rate was 93% (81%) and the CBT Writing was 98% (82%). The PPST Mathematics pass rate was 97% (86%) and the CTB Mathematics was 95% (90%).

Master of Teaching Degree

The Master of Teaching (M.T.) degree is for individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree and wish to qualify for a teaching license. The M.T. programs require one-and- a-half to two years of full-time study, including academic course work in the specialization field and teacher education experiences leading to initial endorsement in one or more specialties. (Opportunities for applicants to correct deficiencies in liberal arts preparation may also be required based on undergraduate course work.) Contact the Office of Teacher Education for additional information.

M.T. degree programs are available in elementary education (PreK-6); special education (behavioral disorders/learning disabilities/mental retardation, PreK-12) early childhood/developmental risk (ages 0-5 special education and 3-8 elementary education); health and physical education (PreK-12); foreign languages (French/German/Spanish,/Latin Prek-12); and secondary education, with specialization in English, mathematics, science (biology, chemistry, earth and space science, general science, physics), or social studies.

Admission Requirements (See also Master of Education Admission Requirements.) Post-graduate Master of Teaching applicants seeking teacher licensure must have a B.A. or B.S. degree from an accredited institution, with the equivalent of an academic major in the arts and sciences (or an appropriate discipline) and an acceptable general studies component. The general studies component should be a well-planned sequence of courses and experiences that includes theoretical and practical knowledge gained from studies in mathematics, natural science, social science, U.S./American history, English, communication, literature, and other humanities. The following are examples of acceptable courses within the specified areas. Science: natural science, astronomy, biology, chemistry, environmental science, and physics. Social science: anthropology, economics, government and foreign affairs, linguistics, psychology, sociology, and Western civilization. A course in some area of non-Western studies is also desirable). Humanities: English, literature, speech communications, public speaking, debate, drama, art, music, philosophy, religious studies, foreign literature in translation, and foreign language.

Program Requirements The following requirements for a Master of Teaching degree must be met:

  1. An approved program of study leading to licensure and endorsement. Information on specific program course sequences can be obtained from the Office of Teacher Education (http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/TeacherEd).
  2. Teaching Associateship Individuals must complete a student teaching practicum (teaching associateship) in which they demonstrate an ability to integrate the theoretical concepts of education with academic material in a practical teaching experience. This associateship is equivalent to an entire semester’s course work (EDIS 588: 12 credits).
  3. Field Project/Comprehensive Examination All M.T. candidates must complete a field project or equivalent experience approved by the program area advisor. In special cases, a master’s comprehensive examination may be required.
  4. Satisfactory Academic Performance in M.T. Programs All courses required for the B.A. degree or teaching speciality taken at or below the 400 level may be successfully completed with a passing grade of D- or better. Courses in the major must reflect a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. Courses taken at the 500 level or above require a minimum grade of B- or better; 500-level courses in which a student has performed below the level of B- must be retaken, or a substitute professional course must be taken to replace the deficiency. Course substitution or retaking a course must be approved by the advisor and the Office of Teacher Education. Program deficiencies may require that the student be suspended from the program.
  5. Praxis Examinations All individuals completing M.T. programs for initial licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia must qualify by passing the Praxis I and II exams. Passing the Praxis exams and appropriate specialty tests are graduation requirements for all M.T. students. (There is currently no PRAXIS II for special education)
  6. Application For the Degree Application for the degree must be submitted to the Curry School of Education during the first two weeks of the semester in which the degree is to be awarded.

Transfer Credit A maximum of six transfer credits may be counted toward the M.T. degree. All such credit must be approved by the advisor and the director of teacher education.

Time Limit No requirements completed more than five years before the M.T. is to be awarded may be credited toward this degree. In special cases, an extension may be granted for emergency circumstances when approved by the advisor, the director of teacher education, and the dean’s office.


Education Specialist Degree

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The Education Specialist degree is a planned 30-credit (minimum) post-master’s program in which candidates are expected to attain a broad and systematic understanding of professional education, a definitive knowledge of a particular field of specialization, and an ability to integrate and apply theoretical concepts of education in an actual educational context. This program is designed for the accomplished, experienced practitioner with specific professional aspirations. It is not designed for those who wish to pursue a research emphasis as a prelude to doctoral study. The Ed.S. degree may be pursued in the following areas:

Administration and Supervision

Counselor Education

Curriculum and Instruction

English Education

Higher Education

Instructional Technology

Reading Education

Special Education

Program Requirements To earn an Education Specialist degree, the following minimum requirements must be met:

  1. Of the 30 credits , 24 must be taken on Grounds and 18 must be taken after admission to the program. At least 60 credits of graduate work must be completed prior to the awarding of the Ed.S. degree. For programs that combine the M.Ed./Ed.S. requirements, and those based on a master’s degree of more than 30 credits, exceptions may be filed with the associate dean.
  2. All program requirements for the degree, as established by the individual department and program area, must be met.
  3. The student must pass a comprehensive written examination of eight to ten hours or in some areas a project or thesis.
  4. No requirements, including transferred credit, completed more than eight years before the Ed.S. is to be awarded may be credited toward that degree. Exceptions to this rule must be approved by the advisor, the department chair, and the dean, and is granted only when some emergency, such as illness, interrupts the student’s work. In such cases, the student may be required to validate out-of-date work by examination.

Doctoral Degrees

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There are two distinct doctoral degrees in education available at the University of Virginia: a Doctor of Education degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree. For purposes of policy and procedure in the Curry School of Education regarding graduate programs, the terms "program area" and "supporting areas" shall mean a graduate program representing a discrete area of study identified by an IPEDS code number or approved by the student’s major department, the Faculty Council, and the dean. The following list represents those areas approved as of April 22, 1988, as well as the 1997 approval of Educational Policy Analysts.

Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education

Curriculum and Instruction

Elementary Education

English Education

Mathematics Education

Reading Education

Science Education

Social Studies Education

Special Education (Behavioral Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Mental Retardation, Early Childhood Special Education, and Severe Disabilities)

Early Childhood/Developmental Risk

Human Services

Adapted Physical Education

Athletic Training

Clinical and School Psychology

Counselor Education

Exercise Physiology

Motor Learning

Physical Education-Pedagogy/General

School Psychology

Speech/Language Pathology

Sports Medicine

Sport and Exercise Psychology

Leadership, Foundations, and Policy

Administration and Supervision

Adult Education

Community College Instruction and/or Administration

Educational Psychology

Educational Psychology-Gifted

Educational Research

Elementary Administration

Higher Education

Higher Education-Administration

Instructional Technology

Middle School Administration

Secondary Administration

Social Foundations

Student Personnel Administration

Supervision

Doctor of Education Degree

The primary purpose of the Doctor of Education degree program is to provide experienced educators with a broad and systematic understanding of professional education, a definite knowledge of selected aspects of educational theory and practice, and an ability to conduct research and evaluation and to apply research findings in an informed and critical manner. Candidates for this degree are recognized for their commitment to the application of knowledge on behalf of improved educational practice. The typical Ed.D. program consists of practicum credit, dissertation credit, and at least 54 credits of course work, including work completed for the master’s degree and excluding non-topical research or dissertation credit.

Admission Requirements In addition to the admission requirements described for the M.Ed., an applicant to the Ed.D. program must: hold a master’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university, have an outstanding record as a student, and have previous professional experience in an area related to the proposed major. Professional qualifications and experience are weighted heavily.

Residence Requirement Each Ed.D. student must complete a minimum of 24 credits of course work taught by resident faculty, exclusive of internship, practicum, independent study, and dissertation credit. This requirement must be completed after admission to the Ed.D. program. Individual program areas may have additional requirements.

Enrollment Requirements A student must be continuously enrolled at the University while working toward the degree and must reapply for admission into the Ed.D. program if no credit toward the degree is earned for one year (12 months).

Time Limit All requirements must be completed within four years after passing the Ed.D. comprehensive examination. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by all members of the doctoral committee, the department chair, and the associate dean, and is granted only when some emergency, such as illness, interrupts the student’s work. In such cases, the student may be required to validate out-of-date work by examination. Program committees must determine the appropriateness and currency of all course work, especially if it is eight or more years old.

Program Requirements To earn a Doctor of Education degree, students must:

  1. successfully complete a program of studies established by their doctoral committee which includes 24 hours of coursework outside major area of study.
  2. successfully complete written comprehensive examinations, or, in some areas a project prepared by the doctoral committee. Comprehensives must be completed before the dissertation proposal. Oral comprehensives may also be required by some program areas;
  3. pass six credits of research courses at the University of Virginia;
  4. pass six credits of supervised practicum or internship work (as judged by the doctoral committee and approved by the associate dean). These experiences must be completed after admission to the Ed.D. program and supervised by University of Virginia faculty or other approved professionals.
  5. successfully complete all dissertation requirements, including (a) defending a dissertation proposal as determined by the doctoral committee; (b) planning the dissertation, obtaining appropriate human subjects approval, and carrying out a research study appropriate to the field of specialization; and (c) passing an oral examination on the conduct and conclusions of the dissertation. (All other requirements must be completed before this defense.)
  6. the student must complete all additional requirements as specified by the student’s department, program area, doctoral committee, and/or advisor.

Doctoral Committees The Ed.D. program of study is directed by the student’s doctoral program committee. After approximately twelve credits of study, a doctoral committee is formed; this committee is responsible for the design of the program of study and supervises the student through all activities until the comprehensive examination is completed. The committee must consist of a minimum of three faculty members of the University, appointed to the rank of assistant professor or higher, with at least one faculty representing the major. One faculty member on the committee must be from outside the student’s major program area and two members must be from the Curry School, including the committee chair or co-chair who is from the major area.

When all program requirements are met, including the successful completion of the doctoral comprehensive examination, the student must appoint a Doctoral Dissertation Committee. This committee will be responsible for the approval of a dissertation proposal after it has been presented and defended; the supervision of the dissertation; the final approval of the dissertation, based on its written form; and the student’s oral defense of the dissertation. The dissertation committee must include at least three University of Virginia faculty members, including at least two from inside the major department (one of whom must agree to serve as the advisor/chair or co-chair) and one from outside the student’s major program area. It is the student’s responsibility to find appropriate members of the University faculty who will agree to serve on the dissertation committee.

All doctoral committee actions, except doctoral committee membership changes, require concurrence of all committee members. Any committee appointment or change must be approved by the associate dean on the recommendation of the student’s advisor and departmental chair. Students who are ready to have a committee appointed must seek faculty who agree to serve on the committee and have them sign an advisory committee card. Cards are available in the Office of Admission and Student Affairs. All parties involved should be notified of any changes in the committee structure. After approval of the dissertation proposal, all committee members must remain on the committee through the final oral defense of the dissertation, unless otherwise approved by the department and associate dean in the case of vacancies.

All actions of doctoral committees must be approved by all members of the committee. There may be more than three members of any committee, but there must be at least three University of Virginia members (including the chair and outside member) present for any presentation or oral defense, and all members must agree to the outcome.

Program Area Specializations The student must select a program area specialization and complete the course requirements specified for the major area. Master’s degree work completed by the student may be applied to the program or specialization when approved by the doctoral program committee. All requirements for the doctoral program area must be approved by all doctoral program committee members.

Record of Progress Students must complete and keep current their official Record of Progress Form. This form may be obtained from the Office of Admission and Student Affairs, and the original copy must be kept on file there. The record of progress should be started upon initial registration and kept up to date throughout the doctoral program. You can access the Record of Progress form at: http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/admissions/pdf/eddrop.pdf.

Preliminary Examinations Preliminary examinations may be required by some program areas. If exams are taken, all committee members must verify that the examinations have been successfully completed.

Comprehensive Examinations When nearing completion of the program of study, and with the approval of the major advisor, the student requests a written examination, or, in some areas, a comprehensive project in all areas appropriate to the student’s planned program. The time, place, content, specific format, and evaluation of the examination shall be determined by the doctoral committee. All committee members must judge the student’s performance to be satisfactory and must verify successful completion of the exams by signing the student’s Record of Progress form. If the student performs unsatisfactorily on the written exam, the committee may be petitioned for one re-examination. Subsequent failure on the written exam precludes further doctoral study in the Curry School of Education.

Practicum Requirements Each student must complete at least six credits of supervised practicum or internship credit. Practicum requirements must be completed after enrollment in a doctoral program in the Curry School and before the defense of the dissertation proposal. Experiences must be supervised by a Curry School faculty member or approved supervisor.

Research Requirements Each student must pass at least six credits of research courses at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville (additional requirements may be specified by program areas). Research requirements must be completed after admission to the doctoral program and before the defense of the dissertation proposal.

Dissertation Proposal The student must prepare and orally defend a written dissertation proposal. The student is responsible for scheduling all committee meetings and distributing copies of the proposal and any revisions. At least three University faculty must be present for the defense and all committee members must approve it. The committee chair or co-chair, who must be from the student’s major, will conduct all sessions. The acceptance of the dissertation proposal will be verified on the Record of Progress Form by the committee chair after all revisions of the dissertation proposal have been approved. A copy of the signed proposal must be attached to the student’s official Doctoral Degree Record of Progress. All committee members must approve the dissertation proposal. After approval of the dissertation proposal, all committee members must remain on the committee through the final oral defense of the dissertation. Clearance by the IRB for the protection of human subjects must be secured before any data is collected.

Dissertation Requirements Students are urged to fully consult with all dissertation committee members during the planning, conduct, and writing of their dissertation, although the work will be directly supervised by the committee chair. The general procedures for preparing and submitting the dissertation are available in the Office of Admission and Student Affairs. Students must consult their advisor regarding the specific style to be used in writing the dissertation. The results of the dissertation defense must be verified on the Record of Progress Form by all members of the committee. A minimum of 12 credits of dissertation must be earned, including registration during each semester when working with faculty or using University resources.

Approval and Inspection of Dissertation A copy of the dissertation must be approved in the Office of Academic and Student Affairs of the Curry School. Consult the calendar of the Curry School to determine the deadline for each semester (generally four weeks before the end of the term).

Oral Defense of Dissertation and Final Examination All other requirements for the degree must be completed before scheduling the dissertation defense. The dissertation defense is an open, public examination of the doctoral research project. The defense date, time, and place must be announced at least 14 days in advance. A dissertation abstract and announcement must be filed with the doctoral secretary in the Office of Admissions, 104 Ruffner Hall, from which it will be directed to each department of the Curry School.

At least three University faculty members from the doctoral dissertation committee, including one from outside the student’s major program, must be present for the oral defense. All members must attest to the successful completion of the defense and final examination.

Application and Registration for Degree Application for the Ed.D. degree must be submitted by the student in accordance with the calendar deadlines. Forms are available from the Office of Admission and Student Affairs of the Curry School of Education and should be submitted to that office through the student’s department. Students must be registered during the semester in which the degree is to be awarded.

Candidates who do not receive degrees in the session for which their applications have been approved must renew their applications in proper form at the beginning of the session in which candidacy for the degree is desired.

Non-resident degree applicants must be registered for the semester in which the degree is to be awarded. More details related to this requirement and to application deadlines are stated in the General Academic Requirements section of this chapter.

The student’s completed record of progress along with an official transcript of all applicable course work from the University of Virginia or elsewhere must accompany this application for final review by the dean’s office.

Doctor of Philosophy Degree

The Ph.D. degree is the highest academic degree awarded by the University. The primary purpose of the Ph.D. degree is to develop educational scholars who seek to conduct original research and interpret and communicate the results of such research as authors, university professors, and governmental or research agency officials.

Admission Requirements The student desiring to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy degree must submit an application for admission to the Curry School of Education. The applicant to this degree program must:

  1. hold a baccalaureate degree, and in most programs, a master’s degree, from an accredited college or university;
  2. have an outstanding record as a student;
  3. submit an application for admission and official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work;
  4. submit two references strongly endorsing him or her for doctoral work;
  5. submit official score reports for the Graduate Record Examinations;
  6. submit a statement of professional goals; and
  7. meet any additional department or area of specialization requirements.

Residence Requirement Ph.D. candidates must complete at least three academic years (fall-spring semester) of full-time (12 credits) graduate work. One year of this requirement may be waived for candidates who have already earned a master’s degree. Upon approval of a petition to the associate dean for graduate programs of the Curry School of Education, up to one year of the required three years may be undertaken at another graduate school or completed at this University on a part-time basis. In addition, up to one year (or the equivalent) may be spent in dissertation research elsewhere while enrolled as a full-time student (and not simultaneously employed on a full-time basis).

Enrollment Requirements Students must be continuously enrolled at the University during the fall and spring semesters while working toward the Ph.D. degree. If students are not taking courses, they may maintain enrollment by paying a University non-resident fee through the Office of Admission of the Curry School. Failure to maintain continuous enrollment will require students to reapply.

Time Limitation All requirements must be completed within four years after passing comprehensive examinations and within seven years of admission to the Ph.D. program. In special cases, upon approval of the doctoral committee, department chair, and associate dean, out-of-date work may be revalidated by examination.

Program Requirements To earn a Ph.D. degree the following minimum requirements must be met:

  1. The student must successfully complete a program of study determined by the doctoral committee. The student must earn 72 credits, including at least 54 credits for courses other than non-topical research or dissertation credit, and at least 12 dissertation credits. A maximum of 24 credits from the master’s program may be counted toward either the 72 or 54 credits. A minimum of 36 credits (not including internships, independent study, practica and dissertation credit) must be earned on grounds.
  2. The student must successfully complete any preliminary examinations required by the program area or the doctoral committee.
  3. The student must successfully complete written comprehensive examinations and an oral examination if required, as determined by the student’s doctoral committee. Comprehensives must be completed before the dissertation committee is appointed and before the dissertation proposal is defended.
  4. The student must demonstrate research proficiency by passing the Curry School Research Examination, which covers quantitative research methods, qualitative inquiry, statistics, tests and measurement, and research design; or by an alternative method developed by the Ph.D. program area in which the student is completing the degree. Alternative methods must comply with the specific program area requirements and be approved by the Academic Affairs Committee.
  5. The student must successfully complete all dissertation requirements, including defending a dissertation proposal as determined by the student’s doctoral committee; gaining approval from the University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the protection of human subjects; planning and carrying out a research study (dissertation) appropriate to the field of specialization; and passing an oral final examination on the conduct and conclusions of the dissertation. All other requirements must be completed before this defense.
  6. Students must complete all additional requirements as specified by their department and program area in the Curry School of Education, doctoral committee, and advisor.
  7. The student must pass the final examination (oral, written, or both).

Record of Progress The student must complete and keep current an official Record of Progress Form, which should be started upon initial registration and must be kept on file in the Office of Admission and Student Affairs of the Curry School of Education. This form, with instructions, is available from that office. You can access the Record of Progress form at: http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/admissions/pdf/phdrop.pdf.

Doctoral Committee The Ph.D. program of study is directed by the student’s doctoral program committee. After approximately 12 credits of study, a doctoral committee should be established. This committee is responsible for the design of the program of study and supervises the student through all activities until the comprehensive examination is completed. The committee must consist of a minimum of four faculty members of the regular University, appointed to the rank of assistant professor or higher, with at least two members from inside the major department (one of whom must agree to be the advisor/chair), and at least one outside of the student’s major program area. Ph.D. candidates are not required to designate minors or supporting areas. However, if such a designation is made, there must be at least one representative for each supporting area. An additional committee member from outside the University may be added if approved by the associate dean.

When all program requirements are met, including the successful completion of the doctoral comprehensive examination, the student appoints a doctoral dissertation committee. This committee is responsible for the approval of a dissertation proposal after it has been presented and defended; the supervision of the dissertation; the final approval of the dissertation, based on its written form; and the student’s oral defense of the dissertation (the Ph.D. final examination). The dissertation committee must include at least four University faculty members who agree to serve, and who are approved by the dean’s office, including at least two from inside the major department (one of whom must agree to serve as the advisor/chair or co-chair) and one from outside the student’s major program area.

Any committee appointment or change must be approved by the associate dean on the recommendation of the student’s advisor and department chair. Students who are ready to have a committee appointed must seek faculty who agree to serve on the committee and have them sign an advisory committee card, which is available in the Office of Admission and Student Affairs.

All actions of doctoral committees must be approved by all members of the committee. There may be more than four members on any committee, but there must be at least four University of Virginia members (including the chair and outside member) present for any presentation or oral defense, and all members must agree to the outcome.

Major Program Areas The student must select one major program area of the Curry School of Education and complete the course requirements specified by the doctoral committee for that major area. Master’s degree work completed by the student may be applied to the program when approved by the doctoral committee. Requirements for the major program area must be approved by all doctoral program committee members. Exceptions due to emergency must be approved by all committee members and the associate dean.

Preliminary Examinations Preliminary examinations may be required by individual program areas, or at the discretion of the doctoral committee. All committee members must verify that such examinations have been successfully completed by signing the record of progress.

Comprehensive Examinations When nearing completion of the program of study, and with the approval of the major advisor, the student requests a written examination, or, in some areas, a comprehensive project in all areas appropriate to the student’s planned program. The time, place, content, specific format, and evaluation of the examination shall be determined by the doctoral committee. All committee members must judge the student’s performance to be satisfactory and must verify successful completion of the exams by signing the student’s Record of Progress form. If the student performs unsatisfactorily on the written exam, the committee may be petitioned for one re-examination. Subsequent failure on the written exam precludes further doctoral study in the Curry School of Education.

Research Skills Ph.D. students must demonstrate research proficiency. This is done in one of two ways: (1) by passing the Curry School Research Examination, which consists of both qualitative and quantitative examinations, including quantitative research methods, statistics, tests and measurement and research design; or (2) by completing a series of research courses as determined by the program area.

Dissertation Proposal The student must prepare and orally defend a written dissertation proposal. The oral presentation of the dissertation must be heard by at least four members of the doctoral dissertation committee (including the chair and the outside member), at which time a decision is made regarding continuation of the dissertation plan. Approval requires agreement of all doctoral dissertation committee members, at least one of whom must be from the student’s program area and serves as the chair or co-chair. After approval of the dissertation proposal, all dissertation committee members must remain on the committee through the final examination. The proposal may not be defended until successful completion of the comprehensive and research skills examinations.

The student is responsible for scheduling all committee meetings and distributing copies of the proposal and any revisions. The committee chair, however, will conduct all sessions. Advancement to candidacy is to be verified on the Record of Progress Form by the committee chair after all revisions of the dissertation proposal have been approved. A copy of the signed proposal must be filed with the student’s official Doctoral Degree Record of Progress.

Dissertation Requirements The student must successfully complete a dissertation and defend it in a final examination. All students must register for a minimum of 12 credits of dissertation research and be registered for credit during each semester when working with faculty or using University resources. The general procedures for preparing and submitting a dissertation are available in the Office of Admission and Student Affairs of the Curry School of Education. The advisor must be consulted regarding the specific style to be used in writing the dissertation, and the manuscript must meet specified University standards.

Oral Defense of Dissertation and Final Examination All other requirements must be satisfied before the dissertation defense. The dissertation defense is an open, public examination of the doctoral research project. The defense date, time, and place must be announced at least 14 days in advance. A dissertation abstract and announcement must be filed with the doctoral secretary in the Office of Admissions, 104 Ruffner Hall, from which it will be posted for all members of the Curry School.

At least four University faculty members from the doctoral dissertation committee, including the advisor and the outside member, must be present for the oral defense. All members must attest to the successful completion of the defense and final examination.

Through its chair, the examining committee may invite other members of the department faculty to take part in the examination; indeed, it is recommended that the doctoral examination be given before the entire professional staff of the department concerned. The result of the examination, with the names of the examiners and their departmental affiliation, must be reported by the chair of the dissertation committee to the associate dean. The chair does this by submitting the final copy of the Record of Progress Form signed by all members of the dissertation committee.

Approval and Inspection of Dissertation Five weeks before graduation, the dissertation title page must be approved by the Curry School’s Office of Academic and Student Affairs, and a copy must be attached to the Student’s Record of Progress Form. The original and one copy of the dissertation must be inspected and approved in the Office of Academic and Student Affairs of the Curry School. Consult the calendar of the Curry School to determine the deadline for each semester (generally four weeks before the end of the term).

Application and Registration for Degree Application for the Ph.D. degree must be submitted by the student in accordance with the calendar deadlines listed in this Record. Forms may be obtained from the Office of Admission and Student Affairs of the Curry School of Education.

Candidates who do not receive degrees in the session for which their applications have been approved must renew their applications at the beginning of the session in which candidacy for the degree is desired.

The student’s completed Record of Progress Form, along with an official transcript of all applicable course work from the University of Virginia or elsewhere, must accompany this application for final review by the Office of Admission and Student Affairs of the Curry School of Education.

Non-resident degree applicants must be registered for dissertation credit in the semester in which the degree is to be awarded.

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology Requirements and policies for the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology are specified in the Department of Human Services section of this chapter, and in the Curry Programs in Clinical and School Psychology handbook.


 
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