Doctoral FAQ

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Yes, you would use your Professional Studies Electives to take courses in the principal certification program. In addition, you would have to complete three additional 1-credit internships.

Yes, you would use your Professional Studies Electives to take the required courses, which also include the internships.

Six courses are completely online, three courses are blended, and ten courses are face-to-face, though some weeks the face-to-face interaction with the professor may take place in a synchronous online environment.

There are four general dissertation areas: language and literacy, special education, assessment, and post-secondary education.

There are a wide variety of graduate courses that may be taken for the professional studies electives. You will work with your advisor to determine the courses that would be most useful for you.

After the first semester, doctoral students may apply to work with a doctoral faculty member as a graduate assistant. Graduate assistants receive a tuition waiver based on the number of hours they work per week according to the following table:

Hours per week          Tuition waived
Five                                    0.5 course
Ten                                     1.0 course
Fifteen                               1.5 courses
Twenty                              2.0 courses

Students, in consultation with doctoral faculty, will choose from one of the four dissertation areas, language and literacy, special education, assessment, or post-secondary education. They will then work closely with a doctoral faculty member to receive structured guidance through dissertation course work to complete and defend a dissertation. If all timelines are met, the dissertation will be finished in three semesters.

The dissertation committee will consist of three core doctoral faculty who are full-time professors in Holy Family’s School of Education.