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2012-2013 Graduate Catalog 

Ph.D.Teacher Education

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 Admission Requirements

Application for the Ph.D. in Teacher Education is accomplished through the UNLV Graduate College online application process. Deadline for completed and submitted applications is March 1.

Specific admission criteria for the PhD in Teacher Education include:

  1. Meet the requirements for admission to the Graduate College of UNLV set forth in the UNLV Graduate catalog.
  2. Hold a master’s degree from an accredited program in an area closely related to the chosen field of specialization. Normally, 18 semester hours in education are required.
  3. Have a grade point average of 3.0 of higher in all graduate level coursework. *Please note that one third of the total program hours may be transferred from another accredited doctoral program.
  4. Have satisfactory teaching experience, preferably licensed.
  5. Obtain three letters of recommendation from individuals who can specifically address the applicant’s potential for success in the doctoral program. These letters of recommendation will be requested and submitted through the Graduate College online application system. One of the letters must be from a university faculty member addressing your past academic success and future potential in a doctoral program.
  6. Submit one set of official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities as requested in the Graduate College online application. You may upload unofficial transcripts via the online application as a supplement if you have the documents in a digital computer file (e.g., PDF). Unofficial transcripts do NOT substitute for the official documents.
  7. 7. Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for the General Exam. The scores should be sent directly to the Doctoral Studies Office in the Department of Teaching and Learning. Applicants are encouraged to provide self-reported scores for the GRE in the Standardized Tests section of the Graduate College online application.
  8. Submit a Personal Statement via the Graduate College online application that addresses in detail: (a) the reasons for pursuing a doctorate in teacher education, (b) expectations concerning the doctoral program, (c) potential areas of study within teacher education, and (d) the name of a faculty member in the department with whom you would like to work [optional].
  9. Submit a written statement regarding when the residency requirement will be met (see the Doctoral Handbook, pp. 6, 10-11, & 18; http://tl.unlv.edu/doctoral). This statement should be uploaded via the Graduate College online application in the Supplementary Information section as an “Other Required Document.”
  10. Demonstrate oral communication skills through an interview conducted by members of the T & L graduate faculty. Out-of-state applicants must contact the Coordinator of Doctoral Studies directly to make alternate arrangements to the on-campus interview.
  11. International students are encouraged to self-report their TOEFL scores via the Graduate College online application. Official scores must also be sent directly to the UNLV Graduate College.

Admission Process

Once requirements are met, members of the T & L Graduate Faculty will evaluate all evidence for admission submitted by the applicant and then make their recommendations to the entire T& L faculty. The T & L faculty will make a recommendation to the Graduate College, and the Graduate College will send written notice regarding admission to the applicant. Only complete applications will be considered.

Continuing Enrollment

Once matriculated as a doctoral student, the student must enroll in at least three semester hours each term. The work must be related to the student’s program or dissertation.

Degree Requirements

The Ph.D. in Teacher Education consists of a minimum of 63 credits beyond the master’s degree. Of the 63 credits, 21 credits are required courses: six credits are in specific research and inquiry courses and 15 credits are in the required education core. In addition, a teaching internship (6 credits) and a school-based internship (3-6 credits) are required. Of the remaining credits, six are electives in the inquiry and research area and nine credits are in teacher education and teaching/learning electives. In addition, three hours of required research seminar are taken concomitantly with the dissertation. Eighteen-24 hours of dissertation are required. Individual programs of study may exceed the minimum requirements; specific course work will vary depending on the particular teaching field or emphasis that is chosen in teacher education.

Completion of the degree requirements for a Ph.D. in Teacher Education includes the following:

  1. Maintain an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher for all course work taken at the doctoral level;
  2. Complete a minimum of 63 hours of study beyond the master’s degree as stated in the candidate’s program of study;
  3. Complete the residency requirement for the degree. The residency experience incorporates, to the greatest extent possible, a spirit of full-time attention from students to their studies during the residency period. Selection of the criteria for fulfilling the residency requirement is under the auspices of the student ’ s committee with oversight of the Doctoral Studies Coordinator and Doctoral Studies Committee. A formal proposal for the residency period is required from the student. The PhD residency experience will incorporate a focus on activities associated with success in academe (e.g., scholarly writing, classroom and online university teaching, research methods and opportunities, and external funding). The residency period will encompass at least two consecutive terms (may include one summer term);
  4. Attend the T & L Doctoral Colloquium held periodically throughout the years of study;
  5. Pass a written comprehensive examination taken before commencing with the dissertation;
  6. Complete and successfully defend the dissertation. The candidate must follow the guidelines set forth in the Guide to Preparing & Submitting a Thesis or Dissertation available for the Graduate College;
  7. File the appropriate graduation forms with the Graduate College; and
  8. File the original and two copies of the approved dissertation with the Graduate College and one copy of the dissertation with the T & L Department.

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