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Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction with a Concentration in Career and Workforce Education

Online Delivery

handsOur program faculty believes in providing a flexible and self-regulated environment for learning through online delivery strategies. All Career and Workforce Education core courses and research courses are offered online to provide flexibility for practitioners participating in the program. This approach includes orientation meetings and daylong Saturday information-processing sessions. However, complementary coursework in areas of concentration may or may not be available online.

The extent of online coursework varies depending upon the individual area of concentration and timely availability of online courses. Below is a breakdown of potential scenarios regarding the extent of online coursework depending upon areas of concentration.

Students Concentrating in Instructional Technology or Cognitive and Career Development:


Program Component

Courses & Credits

Online

On Campus

Common Core Course

1 course, 3 credit hours

Available

Available

CWE core

6 courses, for a total of 18 credits

All available

N/A

Cognate

4 courses, minimum of 12 credits

All potentially available

N/A

Research Courses

9 course, 25 credits minimum

All available

7 available

As noted above depending on the scheduling cycles for courses, it is possible that all coursework could be completed online for students concentrating in instructional technology or cognitive and career development. If anything, depending on scheduling cycles, 2-3 courses may not be available online. In this case, it is possible to take up to 12 credit hours at another institution and transfer the credits to the program of study.

Students Concentrating in Adult Education, Higher Education, or other Areas:


Program Component

Courses/Credits

Online

On Campus

Common Core Course

1 course, 3 credit hours

Available

Available

CWE core

6 courses, for a total of 18 credits

All available

N/A

Cognate

4 courses, minimum of 12 credits

1 course potentially available depending on scheduling and area of concentration

All available

Research Courses

9 course, 25 credits minimum

All available

7 available

In this case, students must plan early and carefully if the flexibility for taking on campus courses is limited. As noted above, there may be limited or no online coursework available in these areas of concentration (Adult Education and Higher Education). However, it is possible to take up to 12 credit hours at another institution and transfer the credits to the program of study. At any rate, students in this category must factor in this scenario to decide whether coming to USF is feasible.

Are Online Courses as Good as Traditional Courses?
Our program faulty builds upon extensive experience designing and delivering graduate online coursework using problem/project-based activities and a cohort format. Feedback from students in the Ph.D. program has been consistently positive.

Research indicates the quality of online education is equivalent to traditional classroom teaching, and in some cases it may be actually better. A systematic search of the research literature from 1996 through July 2008 identified more than a thousand empirical studies of online learning. The meta-analysis found that, on average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction. The difference between student outcomes for online and face-to-face classes was larger in those studies contrasting conditions that blended elements of online and face-to-face instruction with conditions taught entirely face-to-face. Analysts noted that these blended conditions often included additional learning time and instructional elements not received by students in control conditions. This finding suggests that the positive effects associated with blended learning should not be attributed to the media, per se. Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development, Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies, Washington, D.C., 2009.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

Visit the program Frequently Asked Questions page for other related questions such as:

  • Do I have to come to the USF campus in Tampa?
  • Are there any face-to-face class meetings as of online coursework?
  • How much work do the online courses entail?
  • What kind of tasks will I be doing while enrolled in program courses?

 

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