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.
CAREER AND WORKFORCE EDUCATION (DVO)
Offered from the Department of Leadership, Counseling, Adult, Career, and Higher Education (L-CACHE)
Prepares leaders, researchers, university faculty and related personnel to serve in the broad field of Career and Workforce Education.
Concentration Admission requirements
- GRE scores on verbal and quantitative reasoning required. If a score in one area is below the 33rd percentile, the other should be considerably higher. Students not meeting this criterion may submit additional or alternative documentation of their potential for success in doctoral level studies. In such cases, program faculty will evaluate GRE scores in light of all available evidence to make a recommendation for admission. GRE scores may be waived in exceptional cases for applicants who have graduated from a masters degree program in the Adult, Career, and Higher Education Department at USF with a GPA of 3.90 or higher 9 on a scale of 4.00) and received excellent ratings from program faculty (i.e. recommendation forms)
- Official transcripts from previous education institutions. Applicants should have completed a masters degree from a regionally accredited university or the equivalent bachelors and/or graduate degrees from a foreign institution with a 3.50 or higher graduate grade point average (GPA) on a 4.00 scale.
- International students whose native language is not English, in addition to meeting standard language proficiency requirements, must take the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) and score at least a 26 on the spoken portion of or a 50 on the SPEAK test administered through INTO-USF. Meeting this additional requirement will allow international students to participate in teaching engagement opportunities expected of all students in the program.
In addition, the following application materials must be submitted directly to the program coordinator:
- Current professional vita or resume.
- A cover letter including a statement of professional and personal goals, and reasons that earning the doctorate is important to those goals.
- Three Program Recommendation Forms (available for downloading at program website) completed by former professors or supervisors rating the applicants likelihood of success in the doctoral program.
The application materials should provide evidence of:
- significant successful professional experiences supporting the fit between professional background, goals, and the applicants potential doctoral program of study;
- commitment to personal and professional growth and development and to the completion of the rigorous course and research demands of the Ph.D. program; and
- excellent academic, analytical and communication skills. To this end, an on campus or phone interview should be arranged with the program coordinator as an opportunity for both prospective students and faculty to gauge the fit with the program.
Applicants should be aware that meeting admissions requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. In some cases applicants meeting or exceeding admission requirements may not be accepted for the requested starting date. To this end, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early to the Program.
Total Program requirements with this Concentration - 70 hours minimum
Program Core Requirement 3 credit hours
EDG 7067Philosophies of Inquiry(3)
Research Methods and Tools 25 credit hours
Research Methods (19 hours minimum)
EDF 6407 Statistical Analysis for Educational Research I
EDF 7408 Statistical Analysis for Educational Research II
EDF 7410 Design of Systematic Studies in Education
EDG 6931 Selected Topics: Introduction to Qualitative Research
TBD Specialized Research Method Course
Tools and Applications (6 hours minimum)
ECT 7791 Research Seminar in Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education: Career and Workforce Education I
ECT 7791 Research Seminar in Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education: Career and Workforce Education II
Concentration Requirements - 30 hours minimum
Required CWE Core Courses (18 hours minimum)
ECW 7066 Foundations of Career and Workforce Education
ECW 7168 Principles of Contextual Teaching and Learning
ECW 7167 Career Development in Vocational Technical and Adult Ed
ECW 7105 Vocational and Adult Education Program Planning and Implementation
ECW 7195 Comparative Study of Career and Workforce Education Systems
Cognate (12 hours)
Courses TBD Depending on Individual Interests
Doctoral Qualifying Exam:
Students must take and successfully complete a qualifying examination prior to becoming a candidate for a doctoral degree:
Students must be admitted to candidacy before they are permitted to enroll in dissertation hours.
Dissertation - 12 hours
ECT 7980 Dissertation