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Advanced Graduate Handbook

Enrollment Dissertation Hours


The student must be admitted to candidacy before he/she is permitted to enroll in dissertation hours. Students may not register for dissertation hours until the semester immediately following the semester of formal admission to candidacy by the USF Dean of Graduate Studies. This requirement is strictly enforced at USF.  Students who obtain an override and register for dissertation hours will be disenrolled by the Graduate School.

  1. If a student has incomplete or missing grade(s) or is completing coursework during the semester in which he/she sits and successfully completes the doctoral qualifying examinations, the student’s admission to candidacy will be delayed until the grades are cleared. Thus, the student may not enroll in dissertation hours until the semester immediately following the semester of admission to candidacy. During the semester following the qualifying examination, while the student is awaiting official notification of admission to candidacy, he/she may enroll in Directed Research (xxx 7910)*. These Directed Research hours, upon written request by the Major Professor to the COEDU Coordinator of Graduate Studies, may be applied toward the dissertation credit hour requirements.  The written request should be sent during the semester in which the Directed Research hours will be taken.  No more than 50% of the total number of dissertation hours required may be used in this way.

  2. If a student has completed all coursework prior to the semester in which he/she sits and successfully completes the doctoral qualifying examination, the student’s admission to candidacy will most likely occur during the same semester in which the qualifying examination is completed, if and only if, the deadline for reporting the successful completion of the doctoral examination is met by the Major Professor and other members of the Doctoral Supervisory Committee. If this condition is met, the student may enroll in Directed Research (xxx 7910)* in the semester in which the qualifying examination is being taken, if he/she will also be working on the dissertation proposal during the semester and approval is requested by the Major Professor and approved by the COEDU Coordinator of Graduate Studies. These Directed Research hours, upon written request by the Major Professor, may be applied toward the dissertation credit hour requirement.

*Students are advised to consult their major professors to determine in which section of the Directed Research course (XXX 7910) they should register. Upon formal written request by the major professor to the COEDU Coordinator of Graduate Studies (EDU 106), these directed research hours may be applied toward the total number of dissertation credit required. Directed Research hours taken during a semester when coursework is being completed may not be applied toward dissertation hours.

Beginning with the semester immediately following the semester of formal admission to candidacy, a doctoral student must be enrolled for a minimum of one-half (1/2) the total number of required dissertation hours each year of the first two years. The student must be enrolled in Fall and Spring semesters in each of these two years (4 hours is the minimum enrollment allowed for any one of these semesters), unless the dissertation is completed prior to the end of that time period.  A minumum of 24 hours is needed to satistfy the dissertation credit hour requirement for most doctoral degrees.  The student may elect to not enroll in the summer semester(s) of the first two years after admission to candidacy if he/she is not using faculty or staff time or any university, college or department resources or facilities (including the library and computer labs).

Continuous Enrollment

If the dissertation has not been completed by the time the 24 dissertation credit hours (or the total number required) have been accrued, the student must enroll continuously, including the summer term, for a minimum of 2 dissertation hours per semester until graduation. (This includes the semester during which the dissertation is defended and the semester in which final submission of the dissertation is made to the USF Office of Graduate Studies, BEH 301).

Exceptions to the continuous enrollment policy may be approved if the Major Professor writes a letter of petition to the COEDU Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, indicating specifically the nature and duration of the exception and the justification for it. Unless an exception has been approved, failure to enroll as specified may result in dismissal of the student from the program, or students may be required to register retroactively for hours that were not taken. To be readmitted, the student must secure permission from the Major Professor and write a letter of petition, co-signed by the Major Professor, to the COEDU Associate Dean for Academic Affairs outlining in detail a timeline for completing the dissertation not to exceed the 4-year time limit from admission to candidacy. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will approve or deny the petition. This process will be independent of, and will not replace, any procedures required by the University or the USF Office of Graduate Studies for readmission. Students who were admitted to candidacy but who have dropped out of the program, must petition for reinstatement to candidacy in addition to readmission to the program using the Readmission to Doctoral Candidacy and Reinstatement of Admission Request forms found on the "Forms" webpage of the Graduate School. 

Ph.D. students will enroll for dissertation hours under the course prefixes for their area of specialization. Specialization areas by Department are as follows:

 

Department/Unit Course Prefix Concentration
Adult, Career & Higher Education: EDV ADE 7980 Adult Education
EDB EDA 7980

Educational Leadership -

College Teaching

EDV EVT 7980 Career & Workforce Development
EDH EDH 7980 Higher Education
Childhood Education: EDU EEC 7980 Early Childhood
EDE EDE 7980 Elementary Education
EDR RED 7980 Reading/Language Arts
Educational Leadership: EDB EDB 7980 Educational Leadership

Educational Measurement/Research:

EDQ EDF 7980 Measurement & Evaluation
Music Education
(College of Visual & Performing Arts)
MUS MUE 7980 Music Education
Psychological & Social Foundations: EDF SDS 7980 College Student Affairs
EDG MHS 7980 Counselor Education
EDF SPS 7980 School Psychology
Second Language Acquisition &
Instructional Technology
EDX SLA 7980 SLAIT
Secondary Education: EDT LAE 7980 English Education
EDK EME 7980 Instructional Technology
EDO MAE 7980 Mathematics Education
EDN SCE 7980 Science Education
EDI ESE 7980 Secondary Education
Special Education: EDS EEX 7980 Special Education
College of Education (Coordinator: Dr. E. V. Johanningmeier): EDC EDG 7980 Interdisciplinary Education

 

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Handbook Contents

Advanced Handbook
Table of Contents


General Degree Info.


Program Descriptions
& Requirements

  Ph.D.  
  Ed.D.  
  Ed.S.  



Qualifying Exams

Admission to Candidacy


Dissertation


Faculty Advisors


IRB Requirements

Graduation

Organizations

Financial Assistance

Appendices



Adv Grad Forms

NOTE: 

Most forms are available on the COEDU website.  Go to the homepage, click on "Adv Grad forms" under "Important Information."

OR check the "Forms" web page of USF Graduate Studies

Thesis & Dissertation
Instructions
(on Graduate Studies website)





  

 

 

 

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