Total Minimum Hours:59 credit hours
Major Common Core 3 credit hours
EDG 7067Philosophies of Inquiry (3)
Research Methods & Tools (refer to the concentration for specific requirements)
Subspecialty within Concentration (Optional requirements in some Concentrations)
Cognate (Optional requirement in some Concentrations)
Interdisciplinary Focus (Optional requirement in some Concentrations)
Note: Effective Fall 2011, all concentrations must take EDG 7067 and may be used as a substitute for one of the courses in Psychological & Social Foundations for those concentrations requiring foundations courses.
Refer to the concentration area for specific dissertation requirements.
Doctoral Qualifying Examination
Students must demonstrate satisfactory performance on the Doctoral Qualifying Examination before admission to candidacy. (See current College of Education Graduate Handbook, www.coedu.usf.edu, click on information; also consult Faculty Program contact).
Individual areas of concentration may have variations in the requirements. For information contact the department offering the major and specialization of interest. Please be advised that major and/or course requirements are subject to change, per state legislative mandates, Florida State Department of Education program approval standards, and accreditation criteria.
SOCIAL SCIENCE (DSO) 60 HOURS
Offered from the Department of Teaching and Learning
The Curriculum and Instruction degree is offered with a concentration area in Social Science Education. Each major is highly individualized. Candidates’ programs of study are planned with the approval of a faculty committee based upon a student’s previous experience and future goals.
Concentration Admission Requirements
For consideration for admission, students must submit:
- Official GRE scores (dating back no longer than five years)
- Official transcripts from regionally accredited institutions
- A statement of professional goals
- 3 letters of recommendation from prior professors, and/or school administrators and
- Complete an interview with the doctoral graduate coordinator.
The admissions committee will consider each candidate in light of his or her unique submission and qualifications. The expectations used by the faculty are:
- 3.50 GPA on a 4.00 scale for all graduate work and 3.00 for the last 60 hours of Undergraduate
- An undergraduate major in the social sciences or humanities, social sciences education
- or a closely related field from a regionally accredited institution,
- A master’s degree in social sciences education or closely related field from a regionally accredited institution, or the equivalent bachelors and/or graduate degrees from a foreign institution
- Successful teaching experience in a K?12 setting,
- Demonstrated commitment to personal professional growth and development,
- Strong academic, analytic and communications skills.
Total Major requirements with this concentration:60 hours minimum
College Core: 3 hours minimum
EDG 7067 Phil. Of Scholarly Inquiry(3)
Secondary Education Core: 6 hours minimum
ESE 7343 Teaching & Learning in Content Area (Required)(3)
ESE 7937 Advanced Seminar in Secondary Education (Required)(3)
ESE7346 Collegiate Teaching in Secondary Education (Optional) (3)
SSE 7910 Independent Study (Optional)(3)
Note: Under special circumstances, major may substitute an independent study course if needed by a student. However, no more than 3 credit hours in this category can be independent study hours.
Statistics/Measurement/Research Design: 14 hours minimum
EDF 7408 Statistical Analysis II (4)
Note: EDF 6407 is a prerequisite to enrolling in EDF 7408
EDF 7410 Design of Systematic Studies in Education (4)
Selection of one qualitative course with approval from major committee. (3-4)
Selection of additional 7000 level quantitative, qualitative and/or methodological course approved by major committee. (3-4)
Or courses to be determined by the graduate faculty based on the orientation of the student’s research agenda and prior preparation.
Concentration Requirements: 24 hours minimum
Social Science Education:
The requirements are as follows or as recommended by the doctoral coordinator, graduate faculty, or doctoral committee, and approved by the college and/or Office of Graduate Studies.
SSE 7700 Social Science Curriculum and Instruction Issues (4)
SSE 7710 Research in Social Science Education (4)
SSE 7720 Social Science Education Technological Innovations (4)
SSE 7730 Philosophy of Social Science Education (4)
SSE 7945 Applied Rsch Soc Sc Ed SSE (8*)
*(2 hours repeated with SSE 7730, SSE7720, SSE7700 and SSE 7710 This course engages SSE students in establishing an active research/scholarly agenda that leads toward independent scholarship and successful, timely completion of the doctoral degree.)
Cognate: 9 hours
SSE students are required to complete a cognate or a set of electives. Courses consistent with the student’s program of study are selected with the approval of the student’s major committee. Courses in the Cognate must be taken at the graduate level. Although it is expected that all SSE Ph.D. students will satisfy the “teaching in higher education” requirement through direct experience teaching courses in the major, they may opt to take the proposed “college teaching” course under consideration by the department as an elective or part of their Cognate.
Doctoral Qualifying Examination
Students must demonstrate satisfactory performance on the Doctoral Qualifying Examination before admission to candidacy.
Dissertation: 4 hours minimum
SSE 7980 Dissertation Research
Students must be registered for nine (9) hours of coursework, two semesters in a twelve-month period. The expectation is that students will work no more than half time during the residency period.