Ph.D. in Education (w/ spec. in Human Development in Educational Contexts) HD4

(as of 11/08/2013)

Program Options/Extensions:
In addition to taking the core program outlined below, students may want to consider supplementing their program to achieve other goals and pursue additional certification. Each option enhancement has specific prerequisites and/or course requirements in addition to the requirements for the HD4 base program.

Additional Options & Certifications
  • Optional Advanced Certificate in Program Evaluation [EV1] (12 Additional Credits)
  • Advanced Certificate in Online Teaching [OT1] (15 Additional Credits)

Primary program course requirements

The primary program includes a total of 90 credits. The detailed Ph.D. in Education (w/ spec. in Human Development in Educational Contexts) HD4 Program of Study Form shows the additional requirements for the program option(s)/extension(s). When you meet with your advisor, you will complete a detailed program plan for Ph.D. in Education (w/ spec. in Human Development in Educational Contexts) HD4

Entry Level Courses   

Up to 30 credits in entry-level or advanced courses in human development and related fields (NOTE: Often these courses are transferred from previous graduate programs.)

Research Methods Courses   
ED506 Concepts and Issues in Social Science Research
ED504 Quantitative Research Methods
ED507 Qualitative Research Methods
ED528 Using Quantitative Data Analysis Software (1 credit)

Program Core   

EDU565 Research in Life Course Studies
EDU572 Development of Selves

At least one psychological context course; eligible courses include:
EDU560 Research in Cognitive Development
EDE422 Motivation in Human Development

Additional advanced courses in human development; eligible courses include:
EDU557 Selected Theories of Human Development
EDU564 Contemporary Trends in Mental Health, Appraisal, Intervention and Research
EDU563 Advocacy, Consulting, and Systems Change as Counseling and Human Development Practice

Milestones and Dissertation Research   
EDE562 Portfolio Review: Counseling & Human Development
EDE555 Comprehensive Exam Research: Counseling & Human Development PhD

At least one advanced research methods course, as most appropriate to support the chosen dissertation topic; eligible courses include, but are not limited to:
ED505 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods
ED527 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
ED523 Mixed Research Methods

Choose a combination of ED 595: Ph.D. Research (Dissertation) (at least 15 credits recommended), ED 596: Research Apprenticeship (0-12 credits), ED 591: Independent Study, and/or other courses related to your dissertation, for a total of 27 credits.


In consultation with your advisor, select courses from among those available in human development, counseling, or other Warner School and University of Rochester offerings to reach a total of 90 credit hours for the program. Examples of available courses include those listed below. Please note, courses may also be chosen from among the program core courses not included in the student's 18 credit core:
ED425 Minority Youth Development in Urban Contexts
EDU479 Promoting Mental Health in Midlife and Old Age
ED419 Life Course Studies
EDU494 Adult Development and Aging
ED481 School, Family, and Community Relations
EDU439 Interpersonal Systems in Counseling and Human Development
EDU467 Language, Literacy, and Cognitive Development
EDU464 Child Development and Learning in Context (ages 5 to 12)
ED418 The Family and Social Dynamics
EDU455 Policy and Practice in Developmental Differences
EDU465 Assessment and Appraisal
ED429 Theories of Human Development
ED457 Autism Spectrum Disorders: Characteristics and Educational Issues
ED415 Adolescent Development and Youth Culture (ages 10 to 20)
ED412 Sociology of Education
EDU446 Entrepreneurial Skills for Educators
EDU447 Grant Writing and Other Funding Strategies for Educators
ED521 Advanced Program Evaluation
EDU498 Literacy Learning as Social Practice

Additional Requirements   

Research Apprenticeship for 0-12 credits, culminating in a thesis/second year project. (Can count towards 30 credits of Dissertation Research - if you so choose, list in that section as appropriate)
ED596 Research Apprenticeship -- Doctoral Level (variable credits)
ED596 Research Apprenticeship -- Doctoral Level (variable credits)
ED596 Research Apprenticeship -- Doctoral Level (variable credits)
ED596 Research Apprenticeship -- Doctoral Level (variable credits)


1. EDU557: Selected Theories of Human Development can be taken more than once when offered on different topics.

2. 6 credits must be taken outside the Warner School.

3. ED595: Ph.D. Research (Dissertation) can only be taken after completing the comprehensive exam.

4. Comprehensive Exam Registration:

Candidates may register for 0-6 comprehensive exam credit hours in a given semester. Candidates may not register for more than 6 total comprehensive exam credit hours during their program.

Candidates undertaking their comprehensive exam and who wish to maintain full-time enrollment can register for one of the following additional designations: ED999 or ED998.

Candidates cannot register for ED593 Ed.D. Research (Dissertation) or ED595 Ph.D. Research (Dissertation) until they have completed their comprehensive exams.

Advisors will record a grade of Incomplete "I" until the candidate has completed all requirements of the comprehensive exam. Advisors will record a grade of "S" when the candidate has passed, in full, the comprehensive exam. Advisors will record a grade of "E" when the candidate has failed the comprehensive exam. Candidates who earn a failing grade on the comprehensive exam will be withdrawn from their program.

5. By choosing electives appropriately, students can reduce the number of additional credits required to complete an optional Advanced Certificate as an enhancement to this degree. If interested, be sure to discuss options with your advisor early in your program.

Other Requirements:

In addition to the coursework indicated above, in order to graduate and to receive the certification(s)/licensure (if any) you are seeking this program has additional requirements. Please note that in some cases, while our program will provide you with all the academic experiences required for the certification you seek, there may be some additional requirements that you will have to complete independently and outside of our program in order to be granted that certification/licensure (ex: completing a certain number of years of mentored experiences). When that is the case, we have listed these requirements but also indicated that they are not a graduation requirement.

  • B.A. or B.S. Degree
  • Portfolio Evaluation Successful completion of a portfolio within the first two years in the program.
  • Research Apprenticeship
  • Comprehensive Exam (see program notes for how to register for exam)
  • Dissertation Proposal Exam (also referred to as "Qualifying Exam")
  • Dissertation Defense
  • Residency Year (i.e. two consecutive semesters full-time)