Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)/Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

The Doctor of Education is considered the practitioner’s highest degree. The Ed.D. dissertation focuses on field studies or applied research, such as the determination of best practices.

The Doctor of Philosophy dissertation makes an original contribution to the science of evaluation and research. Therefore, it conforms to the rigors of scientific inquiry on theoretical issues, with empirical demonstrations for illustrative purposes.

Prerequisites

GPA requirements for the program:

  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and a master's GPA of 3.5 are required for admission to the Ph.D. program. There is a direct admit option for students with a bachelor's (GPA of 3.0) who have not previously been admitted to a master's program.
  • Requirements for the Ed.D. program are more flexible. Recent admittances to the Ed.D. program had an undergraduate GPA of approximately 2.8 and master's GPA of about 3.3. There is no direct admit option for this degree.
  • All undergraduate and master's majors are acceptable for the Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required.

Course Requirements

Doctor of Education

In addition to 30 credits of post-baccalaureate work (e.g., master's program), Ed.D. students
must earn:

  • 10 credits in required EER core courses
  • 20 credits in doctoral dissertation (ED 9989)
  • 30 additional credits in EER coursework in the major, selected in consultation with the advisor
  • Total minimum credits for the Ed. D.: 90

A 10 credit cognate (doctoral minor) in any field is optional.

Doctor of Philosophy

  • 30 credits of post-baccalaureate work (e.g., Master's) are credited toward the minimum post-bachelor credit requirements
  • Students must complete 10 credits in EER core courses and 30 credits in doctoral dissertation (ED 9999)
  • Minimum additional credits required in course work in the area of concentration for the Quantitative or Qualitative track is 21
  • Total minimum credits required for the Ph.D. is 97

A 10 credit cognate (doctoral minor) in any field is optional.

Curriculum

EER Majors in the Quantitative Track (core courses)

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total Credits in Core Courses 10
EER 7630 Fundamentals of Statistics or EER 7870 Qualitative Research I: Introduction 3
EER 7650 Computer Use in Research or EER 7910 Qualitative Methods for Diversity and Inclusion 3
EER 8800 Variance and Covariance Analysis Cr. 4 or EER 8520 Qualitative Research II: Design and Data Collection 4

Quantitative Track (21 credits from the list below)

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total Credits in Quantitative Track + Core 31
EER 7610 Evaluation and Measurement (offered online, minimum once per academic year) 3
EER 8760 Advanced Measurement I 4
EER 8820 Multivariate Analysis 4
EER 8840 Structural Equations Modeling 4
EER 8860 Nonparametric, Permutation, Exact, and Robust 4
EER 8880 Monte Carlo Methods 1
EER 8992 Research and Experimental Design 3

Fall Semester I

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 6
EER 7610 Evaluation and Measurement 3
EER 7630 Fundamentals of Statistics 3

Winter semester II

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 7
EER 7650 Computer Use in Research 3
EER 8800 Variance and Covariance Analysis 4

Fall Semester III

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 6
EER 8820 Multivariate Analysis 3
EER 8760 Advanced Measurement I 3

Winter Semester IV

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 9
EER 8840 Structural Equations Modeling 4
EER 8860 Nonparametric, Permutation, Exact, and Robust 4
EER 8880 Monte Carlo Methods 1

Fall semester V

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 10.5
EER 8992 Research and Experimental Design 3
ED 9991 Doctoral Candidate Status I: Dissertation Research and Direction 7.5

Winter Semester VI

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 7.5
ED 9992 Doctoral Candidate Status I: Dissertation Research and Direction 7.5

Fall Semester VII

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 7.5
ED 9993 Doctoral Candidate Status I: Dissertation Research and Direction 7.5

Winter Semester VIII

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 7.5
ED 9994 Doctoral Candidate Status I: Dissertation Research and Direction 7.5

 

EER Majors in the Qualitative Track (core courses)

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total Credits in Core Courses 10
EER 7630 Fundamentals of Statistics or EER 7870 Qualitative Research I: Introduction 3
EER 7650 Computer Use in Research or EER 7910 Qualitative Methods for Diversity and Inclusion 3
EER 8800 Variance and Covariance Analysis Cr. 4 or EER 8520 Qualitative Research II: Design and Data Collection 4

Qualitative Track (21 credits from the list below)

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total Credits in Qualitative Track + Core 31
EER 7870 Qualitative Research I: Introduction 3
EER 8520 Qualitative Research II: Design and Data Collection 3
EER 8530 Qualitative Research III: Data Analysis and Reporting 3
EER 7910 Qualitative Methods for Diversity and Inclusion 3
EER 7920 Qualitative Methods for Community and Classroom 3
EER 8550 Advanced Qualitative Inquiry: Innovations in Theory 3
EER 8560 Advanced Qualitative Inquiry: Innovations in Practice 3

Fall Semester I

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 3
EER 7870 Qualitative Research I: Introduction 3

Winter semester II

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 6
EER 8520 Qualitative Research II: Design and Data Collection 3
EER 7910 Qualitative Methods for Diversity and Inclusion 3

Fall Semester III

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 6
EER 8530 Qualitative Research III: Data Analysis and Reporting 3
EER 8550 Advanced Qualitative Inquiry: Innovations in Theory 3

Winter Semester IV

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 6
EER 7920 Qualitative Methods for Community and Classroom 3
EER 8560 Advanced Qualitative Inquiry: Innovations in Practice 3

Fall semester V

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 10.5
EER 8992 Research and Experimental Design 3
ED 9991 Doctoral Candidate Status I: Dissertation Research and Direction 7.5

Winter Semester VI

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 7.5
ED 9992 Doctoral Candidate Status I: Dissertation Research and Direction 7.5

Fall Semester VII

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 7.5
ED 9993 Doctoral Candidate Status I: Dissertation Research and Direction 7.5

Winter Semester VIII

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 7.5
ED 9994 Doctoral Candidate Status I: Dissertation Research and Direction 7.5

 

Blended Quantitative/Qualitative Track (21 Credits)

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Selected from Quantitative and Qualitative Track in consultation with advisor 21

 

Plan of Work

Doctoral students must work with their advisors to complete and submit a Plan of Work prior to
the completion of 18 credits. Failure to file a Plan of Work will preclude further registration. See
the EER Student's Handbook for further details.

EER Ed.D. and Ph.D. Dissertations

The first non-medical doctoral degree awarded at WSU was an Ed.D. in Evaluation and Research in 1949. The first Ph.D. in EER was awarded in 1963. The EER policy statement on the Ed.D. and Ph.D. is contained in the EER Student Handbook.

EER Dissertations

Contact

Quantitative:
Shlomo Sawilowsky, Ph.D.
Distinguished faculty fellow and professor 
313-577-5244
shlomo@wayne.edu

Qualitative:
Jasmine Ulmer, Ph.D.
Assistant professor
313-577-1427
jasmine.ulmer@wayne.edu

Or

Katharine Johnson
Office support administrator
313-577-1805
ac6657@wayne.edu

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