Ph.D. in Education (w/ spec. in Teaching, Curriculum & Change) TC3

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 TC3 base program.

Additional Options & Certifications
  • Optional Advanced Certificate in Program Evaluation [EV1] (3+ Additional Credits)
  • Advanced Certificate in Online Teaching [OT1] (3+ Additional Credits)
  • Additional Advanced Certificate in Digitally-Rich Teaching in K-12 Schools [OT3] (3+ Additional Credits)

Primary program course requirements

The primary program includes a total of 90 credits. The detailed Ph.D. in Education (w/ spec. in Teaching, Curriculum & Change) TC3 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 Teaching, Curriculum & Change) TC3

Entry Level Courses   

Up to 30 credits of coursework in entry-level/advanced courses in a combination of the following areas: learning, teaching, curriculum, diversity, subject matter of specialization (NOTE: Often these credits are transferred from previous graduate degrees.)

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   
EDU522 Theory and Research in Learning
EDU526 Theory and Research in Curriculum and Change
EDU523 Theory and Research in Teaching

Select at least two courses to develop depth in your area of specialization. Advanced Seminars are strongly recommended and can be taken more than once if offered by different instructors.

Milestones and Dissertation Research   
EDE561 Portfolio Review: Teaching & Curriculum
EDE557 Comprehensive Exam Research: Teaching & Curriculum PhD
ED513 Research Writing: The Literature Review

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

Combination of ED595: Ph.D. Research (Dissertation) (at least 15 credits recommended), ED596: Research Apprenticeship (0-12 credits), ED591: Independent Study, and/or other courses related to your dissertation, for a total of at least 30 credits.


Choose electives as needed to reach the minimum requirement of a total of 90 credits


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

2. Students are expected to meet a minimum residency requirement consisting of two successive semesters (i.e., fall/spring or spring/fall) of full-time study (i.e., 12 credits a semester, or 9 credits a semester if holding an assistantship).

3. A research apprenticeship is required, but can be taken for 0-6 credits; students must register and include it in their program of study.

4. Cohort group experiences (strongly recommended): To support apprenticeship into academic research and writing, students should engage in some of the following activities:
- Peer-support in, for example, writing, reading research, presenting, and/or teaching
- Structured support from faculty (e.g., invite professor to one of the group sessions), but cohort groups are not faculty led
- Cohort membership will be defined by students (3-4 students) and can include any meaningful combination of students (e.g., does not have to be all same year in program or stage toward degree completion)
- Students will submit a general form that lists the minimum number of meetings, names of students in the group, and their general focus; a progress report should be included in the annual doctoral student review letter

5. Mentored experiences into profession: Students are required to select and complete two from the list below (reporting on their progress in the annual doctoral student review letter; appropriate artifacts such as conference paper abstracts, journal reviewers lists, etc., should be submitted as evidence that experiences have been completed):
- Attend and present at professional conferences
- Submit and/or publish in peer-review journals
- Submit and/or receive a research or professional development grant
- Review for professional research journals or professional conference
- Attend and present at student led school-wide graduate student conference
- Papers will go through a peer review feedback process; however all papers will be accepted.
- Feedback will occur at both acceptance and post presentation
- GSA to elect a conference chair
- One faculty member to serve as advisor
- Present/host at professional development sessions/conference
- Teaching/co-teaching Warner School courses
- Conduct program evaluation or professional development
- Conduct pilot research project; must be approved by UR Human Subjects Committee

6. 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.

7. By choosing specialization courses and 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. Please note, though, that field experiences and other internships (identified by a course number starting with EDF) are not counted as coursework by New York State, and therefore cannot be counted as electives.

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 or completing exams).

    Required for Program Completion
  • 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)
  • Cohort Group Experience (strongly recommended)
  • Mentored Experience I
  • Mentored Experience II
  • Program of Study Signature - Advisor
  • Program of Study Signature - Associate Dean
  • Program of Study Signature - Program Chair