D.Ed. Program

This program is designed for students who are primarily interested in teaching rather than research. In order to qualify for admission to the D.Ed. program, a student must have at least three years teaching experience at the college level. Experience gained as a teaching assistant may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

  • No credit will be given for any course in which a grade of less than B is received.
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required for graduation for all advanced degrees.


To be admitted to this program, the student must have three years of teaching experience at the college level. Experience gained as a teaching assistant may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

  1. Qualifying Examinations (Departmental requirement). Passage of the qualifying examinations in algebra and analysis. These examinations are subject to the same conditions as discussed in requirement (1) of the Ph.D. program. In particular, students who do not pass both examinations before the beginning of the second year of study may not continue in the program. Entering D.Ed. students who do not pass at least one pre-entrance examination must take at least one of the basic sequences in algebra or analysis.
  2. Course Requirements (Graduate School and Departmental requirement). 90 course and research credits of which at least 30 must be earned at the University Park Campus (see requirement 5 below). 15 credits in educational foundation courses approved by the College of Education (see requirement 7 below). 45 credits of approved mathematics courses, including 24 credits of 500-series courses and 15 credits of 600-series research credits. In order to receive credit for a course, the student must receive a grade of B or better.
  3. Candidacy (Departmental requirement). The Department will recommend candidacy after a student has passed 1 of the 2 qualifying examinations and demonstrated satisfactory progress toward (2) above. Admission to candidacy is conferred by the Graduate School.
  4. Residence Requirement (Graduate School requirement). A minimum of six semesters of full-time graduate study and research (15 credits per semester), or their equivalent in credits (90 credits), of which at least 30 credits must be earned in residence at University Park Campus is required for the D.Ed. dgree. A candidate may register for a maximum of 30 credits of research in absentia, but none of these may count toward the minimum of 30 credits that must be earned at University Park Campus. It is expected that students will register for a minimum of 15 credits of thesis research. The maixmum credit load permitted a student who is employed full time is 6 credits per semester.
  5. Advisers and Doctoral Committees (Graduate School requirement) Consultation or arrangement of the details of the student's semester-by-semester schedule is the function of the adviser. General guidance of a doctoral candidate is the responsibility of a doctoral committee consisting of four or more active members of the Graduate Faculty, which normally includes at least two faculty in the major field and is chaired by the student's adviser. This committee is appointed by the Graduate Dean through the Office of Graduate Programs, upon recommendation of the Director of Graduate Studies, soon after the student is admitted to candidacy.
  6. Major Program and Minor Field (Graduate School requirement) The program of study includes a major and either a minor or a group of general studies. A majority of the courses offered in fulfillment of the requirements must be in the major program. A candidate choosing a major outside the fields of professional education (such as mathematics) shall have a minor consisting of no fewer than 15 graduate credits in professional education, as recommended to the dean of the Graduate School early in the major program with the approval of a faculty adviser from the minor area.
  7. Comprehensive Examination (Graduate School and Departmental requirement). The comprehensive examination is scheduled by the Graduate School after the student has passed two qualifying examinations, has satisfied the language requirement, has been admitted to candidacy, and agreed on a thesis adviser and a research program. The comprehensive examination will cover three areas to be chosen by the student from those listed below. It will be based on the contents of the following 400-level series courses in these areas: applied analysis (MATH 411), geometry (MATH 427), logic (MATH 457), number theory (MATH 465), numerical analysis (MATH 455-456), probability and statistics (MATH 414) and topology (MATH 429).
  8. Thesis (Graduate School requirement). Evidence of a high degree of scholarship, competence in scholarly exposition, and ability to select, organize, and apply knowledge must be presented by the candidate in the form of a written thesis. The candidate must demonstrate a capacity for independent thought, as well as ability and originality in the application of educational principles or in the development of a new generalization under scientific controls. A thesis may be based upon a product or project of a professional nature, provided scholarly research is involved. In order to be an acceptable thesis, the professional project must be accompanied by a written discourse demonstrating the nature of the research and including such theories, experiments, and other rational processes as were used in effecting the final result. The topic and outline of the proposed thesis must have the approval of the doctoral committee. A draft of the thesis must be submitted to the doctoral committee a month before the final oral examination.
  9. Final Oral Examination (Graduate School requirement). The final oral examination is primarily a defense of the thesis and is scheduled by the Graduate School at least three months after the date of passing the comprehensive examination and no more than seven years after after admission to candidacy.