Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership Policies:

Candidacy

6.1 Advancement to Candidacy


In order to be advanced to doctoral candidate status a student must:

  1. maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 in all doctoral courses
  2. have grades of B or better in all educational leadership core courses
  3. have satisfactorily completed required written and oral comprehensive exams
  4. have all "I" grades removed
  5. have completed the 52 credit hour program of study which constitutes the formal course work.

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6.2 Comprehensive Examination


The comprehensive examination is administered under the oversight of the Doctoral Program Director.

The comprehensive examination consists of two parts. The first is a written segment expected to take no more than twelve hours, and the second is an oral portion anticipated to take no more than two hours. Students must successfully complete both before advancing to candidacy.

The comprehensive examination is intended to assess the student's knowledge in the areas of educational leadership, foundations, research, and a cognate area. In addition, it is intended to measure the student's ability to think and express ideas clearly. The written examination consists of questions designed to assess mastery of course work in the student's program of study and the student's ability to integrate knowledge from all work in the program. The oral examination provides opportunity for the student to demonstrate mastery of doctoral level course content as well as to elaborate on written responses.

The written examination is administered twice a year in the spring and summer semesters. Students will have a maximum of six hours each day over two consecutive days in which to complete the written examination. Students are expected to complete the examination by microcomputer/word processing.

Students must schedule the oral examination with the Dissertation Committee within two weeks after receiving official notification of their performance on the written examination. The Chair of the Dissertation Committee will notify the Doctoral Program Director of the scheduled oral examination date. The oral examination may concern written examination questions, related topics, educational issues or course work and may include questions related to the student's proposed research topic.

 

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6.3 Qualifications for Taking the Comprehensive Examination


Students become eligible to sit for the comprehensive examination in either the spring or summer semester of their third year of study. Those who elect to take the examination in the spring may also be enrolled in EDA 7194 (3 credit hours) and EDA 7421 (1 credit hour). In addition, a maximum of 3 semester hours of course work in the cognate/minor may be completed during the semester in which the student takes the examination. Students who elect to take the examination in the summer should have completed all course requirements, with the exception of the final 3 semester hours of course work in the cognate/minor.

Eligibility to sit for the comprehensive examination further requires that a student be in good standing academically with no incomplete grades. During the semester prior to taking the examination the student must apply in writing to the Doctoral Program Director for approval to take the comprehensive examination. All doctoral students will be given sufficient notice of the application deadline and the schedule for the written examination.

 

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6.4 Procedures for Development of the Comprehensive Examination


All members of the Doctoral Teaching Faculty are invited to submit questions in order to form a comprehensive examination item pool. Questions in the areas of leadership, foundations, and research will be submitted to the Doctoral Program Director. Authors of the questions are asked to include specifications/criteria for acceptable answers to each question submitted. Faculty members may submit as many questions as desired. All questions will be subject to a peer review and a review by the Doctoral Program Director. After this review, all questions will be placed in the comprehensive examination question pool for that particular administration of the examination. All items within the approved pool will then be forwarded to each student's Primary Dissertation Committee Chair who will select the questions that will be on each student's particular examination. Typically, the examination will consist of three or four questions from leadership, and at least one question from foundations, research, and the student's cognate/minor area. The Dissertation Committee Chair will determine specifically how many questions will be on the student's examination and whether students will be required to respond to all questions on the exam or whether students will be allowed to select from an option of items as specified. All examination questions (with the exception of cognate/minor area questions) must be selected from the approved pool of questions. No substitutions will be permitted.

 

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6.5 Assessment of Performance on the Written Comprehensive Examination


Assessment of individual student's responses will be coordinated by the Chair of their Doctoral Dissertation Committee. The assessment of each individual's written responses will be conducted by their Doctoral Dissertation Committee. In addition, at the discretion of the committee chair, other faculty may be asked to review responses. Committee members will assess the student's responses individually, based on the criteria specified by the authors of the items and upon acceptable standards for graduate writing.

Each member of the Doctoral Dissertation Committee members will read and evaluate the student's written responses. The committee will form a consensus evaluation of the student's performance on the written examination and eligibility to proceed with the oral segment of the comprehensive examination. The student's responses will be assessed overall as "satisfactory," or "unsatisfactory."

The committee chair will then provide feedback to the student. The feedback will consist of the

overall assessment and appropriate comments. The committees' overall assessment will be submitted in writing to the Doctoral Program Director no later than four weeks after the written examination has been administered.

When a student's responses on the written examination are assessed as "unsatisfactory" they will be granted permission to retake the written examination in accordance with the policy on Eligibility to Take the Oral Examination.

 

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6.6 Eligibility to Take the Oral Examination


Students are deemed either eligible or ineligible to take the oral examination by their dissertation committee.

Students deemed ineligible to take the oral examination because of a violation of the university's policy on Academic Integrity (i.e., cheating, plagiarism or other inappropriate assistance in work presented) would not be granted the privilege of retaking the written examination.

Students who are deemed ineligible to take the oral examination because of unsatisfactory performance on the written examination will be granted permission to retake the written examination. The Chair of the Dissertation Committee, in consultation with other committee members, will recommend whether the student will retake the entire examination or a particular portion of the exam. In addition, the Chair will recommend to the Doctoral Program Director whether questions for retaking the examination will be drawn from the original pool of questions or whether the Doctoral Teaching Faculty will be requested to submit new items for consideration by the committee. Under no circumstances will the privilege of retaking the written examination be extended to the student more than once.

 

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6.7 Assessment of Performance on the Oral Examination


The oral examination will be administered by the student's Doctoral Dissertation Committee. The chair or co-chairs of the dissertation committee will direct the oral examination. The procedure followed in administering the oral examination will be determined by the committee. The student will be responsible for scheduling the oral examination with the Committee. The Chair of the committee will be responsible for coordination of the oral examination with the Doctoral Program Director. The chair or co-chairs will coordinate with committee members the procedures to be followed on the oral examination.

After the oral examination has been administered, the Committee will immediately meet and assess the student's responses to the oral exam. The student's responses will be assessed as "satisfactory" or "unsatisfactory." The student will wait while the Committee meets, and the student will then be invited to meet with the committee. The committee will give the student feedback on his or her responses, and the status of the student's candidacy will then be announced. In the case of a "satisfactory" rating, the chair or co-chairs of the committee will submit a final assessment in writing to the Doctoral Program Director, who will forward the results for filing in the student's permanent record.

In the case of an "unsatisfactory" rating on the oral examination, the student's Dissertation Committee will decide what further action will be taken. As with the written examination, the Doctoral Dissertation Committee shall extend to the student the privilege of retaking the oral examination one additional time. Under no circumstances will the privilege of retaking the oral examination be extended to the student more than once.

 

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