Frequently Asked Questions

When can I start taking classes?

How many years will it take to earn my degree?


When are classes held during the regular academic year?


How many hours can be accepted as transfer credit?


When are conversations with the Director conducted?


How many students are accepted each year?


What score is acceptable on the GRE?


How long does it take for the university to receive my scores?


Will the Ed.D. degree lead to NC Principal/Superintendent Licensure?


When will I know if I am accepted into the program?

When can I start taking classes?

Following acceptance into the program, new on-campus students begin their course work in the summer of each year (typically at the end of May). Only students who have been admitted to the doctoral program are eligible to enroll. The off-campus cohort courses begin in the fall semester.

How many years will it take to earn my degree?

The program is typically completed in 3-5 years. Actual time in the program depends on student schedules and research agendas. Below you can view a sample outline of course requirements to complete 36 hours of core courses. Students may choose to take elective credits while completing their core semester hours or after they complete their core course requirements.

Sample Schedule of Core Courses

(Represents 2-year schedule for student admitted in Summer 2016, i.e. Cohort 24)

Semester

Course 1

Course 2

Course 3

Total semester hours

Summer 2016

EDL 7020 Organizations & Systems Theory (3)

EDL 7110 Survey of Research Methods in Education (3)

 

6

Fall

2016

EDL 7011 Multi-Disciplinary Seminar on Emerging Issues I (3)

EDL 7165 Quantitative Approaches in Non-Experimental Studies (3)

EDL 7099 Professional Seminar (1)

7

Spring 2017

EDL 7040 Educational Organizations & Technology (3)

EDL 7160 Qualitative Research (3)

 

6

Summer 2017

EDL 7030 Concepts & Constructs of Curriculum & Instruction (3)

EDL 7099 Professional Seminar (1)

 

4

Fall

2017

EDL 7025 Leadership in Organizations (3)

EDL 7012 Multi-Disciplinary Seminar on Emerging Issues II (3)

 

6

Spring 2018

EDL 7065 Writing for the Professional Educator (3)

EDL 7150 Inferential Statistics (3)

-OR-

EDL 7180 Advanced Qualitative Research (3)

 EDL 7099 Professional Seminar (1)

7

 Total Core Courses Credit hours: 36

When are classes held during the regular academic year?

Two courses are offered back to back one day a week with a 30-minute break between. To accommodate our working students, the 36 core curriculum credit hours are offered one afternoon and evening per week (from 3:00-5:30 PM & 6:00-8:30 PM both on and off campus) for two academic years including summer sessions. An additional course, the Professional Seminar, meets several times during the varied semesters, at a time convenient for students, sometimes on the web.

How many hours can be accepted as transfer credit?

Transfer credits are reviewed on an individual basis by the Director of the Doctoral Program. For more information, please see the course work listings in Concentrations.

When are conversations with the Director conducted?

Conversations with the Director of the Doctoral Program are conducted throughout the year. Applicants should arrange for a conversation with the Director of the Doctoral Program prior to completing the written application.

How many students are accepted each year?

Approximately 12-15 students in each cohort are accepted.

What score is acceptable on the GRE?

A score of 4.0 or better is expected on the Writing section of the GRE. Students must also submit a score for the verbal and quantitative sections of the test. Although there is no minimum required score for verbal and quantitative sections, the overall GRE score is considered an important element of a candidate's application.

How long does it take for the university to receive my scores?

Reports from computer-based GRE testing are mailed approximately 10 to 15 days after the test is taken. Results from paper-based testing are mailed approximately 4 to 6 weeks after the test is taken.

Will the Ed.D. degree lead to NC Principal/Superintendent Licensure?

Students may elect to earn administrative certification by selecting the licensure concentration. Students are expected to have principal's licensure when they enter the program track that leads to certification for superintendents. Students may complete requirements for principal's licensure within the EdD program (see the director or coordinator of the MSA program.)

When will I know if I am accepted into the program?

Applications and all related materials must be received in the Graduate School by Feb 1 (on-campus) and Mar 1 (off-campus) of each year. Students are typically notified of their application results within one month after the application due date.