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
In addition, the following application materials must be submitted directly to the program coordinator:
- 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 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.
- 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
EEX 7743 (3) Philosophies of Inquiry
Research Methods and Tools 25 credit hours
Research Methods (19 hours minimum)
EDF 6407 (4) Statistical Analysis for Educational Research I
EDF 7408 (4) Statistical Analysis for Educational Research II
EDF 7410 (4) Design of Systematic Studies in Education
EDG 6931 (3) Selected Topics: Introduction to Qualitative Research
TBD (3) Specialized Research Method Course
Tools and Applications (6 hours minimum)
ECT 7791 (3) Research Seminar in Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education: Career and Workforce Education I
ECT 7791 (3) 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 (3) Foundations of Career and Workforce Education
ECW 7168 (3) Principles of Contextual Teaching and Learning
ECW 7167(3) Career Development in Vocational Technical and Adult Ed
ECW 7105 (3) Vocational and Adult Education Program Planning and Implementation
ECW 7170(3) 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 (12) Dissertation