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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Curriculum and Instruction (CUR)
with a Concentration in Career and Workforce Education (DVO)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 13.0301
College of Education (ED)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 103
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 70

Contact Information:
College of Education
Leadership, Counseling, Adult, Career, and Higher Education (L-CACHE) Department (CNI)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue EDU105
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Victor Hernandez-Gantes
Phone: 813-974-1277


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Program Information

Prepares leaders, researchers, university faculty, and related personnel to serve in the broad field of career and workforce education.


Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: January 15

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

Refer to each area of concentration for program admission requirements or contact the program for assistance.

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

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 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
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:

Doctoral Candidacy:
Students must be admitted to candidacy before they are permitted to enroll in dissertation hours.

Dissertation - 12 hours
ECT 7980 (12) Dissertation

College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


USF Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance

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Fellowships & Scholarships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

ECT7066, EVT7761, EVT7168, ECW7105, EVTTBD, ADE7169, EDG6931, EDF6407, EDF7408, EDF7410, ECT7980,