It is expected that students will enter the Ph.D. program having satisfied these basic requirements in advance. If they have not, students will complete these courses at the beginning of the program in addition to other requirements. No more than two of these courses (6 credits) may be applied toward the 60 credits required for the Ph.D. program. Incoming Ph.D. students who have not previously satisfied graduate competencies at Purdue will also be expected to produce a portfolio to meet the graduate competencies requirements.
Ph.D. students will complete all core courses (if not taken previously) in roughly the order shown. This will provide a cohesive set of sequenced experiences for students.
Students will take at least two cohesive courses in an outside related area such as Adult Education, Educational Psychology, Management, Psychology, Educational Administration, Supervision, Technology, Technical Writing, Computer Science, or another field of interest.
In addition to completing an introductory research course (e.g., EDPS 53300) as part of prerequisite requirements, students will complete the required Ph.D. research sequence.
A typical program will have a minimum of 12-15 hours of dissertation research (EDCI 69900).
TOTAL PHD PROGRAM HOURS = 90 hours including up to 30 credits from the M.S. degree and excluding prerequisites.
Following is a timetable that should be used as a guide to accomplishing needed tasks for the Ph.D. Degree in Learning Design and Technology. It includes dates for major reviews and evaluations by the faculty, the qualifying exam, preliminary exam, proposal, and dissertation.
Initially, meet with your temporary faculty advisor to begin planning the course work that you will pursue for your degree. You will meet with your advisor/committee chair prior to the beginning of each semester to plan course work.
If you did not satisfy the graduate competencies prior to entering Ph.D. study, you must develop a portfolio to demonstrate these competencies. Your portfolio will be reviewed by your advisor/committee chair when it is completed.
A yearly progress review will be conducted by the faculty in May. Student Progress Reports should be submitted by the end of spring semester.
Formulate your graduate committee and create a Plan of Study to be filed with the Graduate School when about a third of the course work has been completed. The Plan of Study is first approved by your graduate committee and then by the Graduate School.
The purpose of the preliminary examination, integrating both written and oral components, is to assess your readiness to proceed with the independent research and writing that will lead to the completion of a satisfactory doctoral dissertation. It is normally taken near the end of course work for the degree. Specifics of the exam and its scheduling are determined in consultation with your graduate committee. At least two semesters must elapse between the preliminary exam and graduation.
The dissertation proposal is a formal proposal for dissertation work that is presented in writing and then orally to your graduate committee for suggestions and approval. The oral proposal meeting can occur no sooner than two weeks following the preliminary exam meeting.
The dissertation defense is a formal meeting in which you present and defend your dissertation before your committee. It is scheduled in consultation with your committee when you have completed your dissertation and are prepared to finish the degree. A minimum of three weeks advance notice is required to schedule the defense date.
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