This cohort has been designed to meet the needs of a variety of educators. Upon application and acceptance into the program, the student will identify the major area he or she wishes to pursue: Curriculum and Instruction, or Educational Leadership (Public School or Higher Education Administration). All students will pursue the same set of courses, but many courses provide the flexibility for accomplishing the objectives of the course while focusing on course content from the perspective of the student’s major.
Courses will be offered fall, spring and summer terms, with two courses offered each term. The exception to this will be the second semester of the program, when a one hour course, the Introduction to Doctoral Studies, will be offered in addition to the two content courses.
The courses will meet at the Marshall University Graduate College, South Charleston Campus. Classes will meet on Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm. The times for class meetings within this framework may be adjusted from term to term based upon the needs of the particular classes. Class times will, however, only vary within this established framework. Also within this time frame, other activities may be scheduled to meet the needs of the members of the cohort. For example, faculty members in addition to those who are teaching the current courses may conduct small group discussions with students regarding doctoral issues.
Twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring, students will meet an additional Saturday to attend the Doctoral Student/Faculty Seminar. Class meetings will be held on Friday evenings prior to the seminar. Doctoral Student/Faculty Seminars provide an opportunity for students to network with other students and an opportunity to meet and talk with faculty. The time frame for the seminar is generally between 9 am and 3 pm, and includes lunch and snacks.
Web-based Courses and Communication
All courses will include work via the Internet. The current vehicle for web-based instruction is Blackboard Vista. Cohort members must have computers with Internet access to participate in this aspect of the program. All students will have an email address provided by Marshall University, and must use this email address for program communication.
The Doctoral Portfolio
While completing coursework, students will also be involved with faculty members in scholarly and academic experiences. The student will maintain a portfolio of these experiences, and will present this portfolio as a comprehensive assessment of progress made in the doctoral program prior to beginning the dissertation stage.
The planned courses to be included in the program are listed below. After the formation of the cohort group, doctoral faculty will re-examine the needs of the specific cohort to determine adjustments to be made to this tentative course listing.
|Course Number||Course Title||Semester Hours|
|LS 719||Introduction to Doctoral Studies||1|
|LS 703||Research Design||3|
|EDF 517||Satistical Methods||3|
|EDF 625||Qualitative Research in Education||3|
|EDF 711||Survey Research in Education||3|
|EDF 626 or LS 776||Advanced Qualitative or Computer Analysis||3|
|LS 765||Advanced Research||3 - 6|
|LS or CI 797||Dissertation Research||Minimum 12|
|Course TBA||To Be Determined||3|
|CI 701||Curriculum Development||3|
|CI 702||Curriculum Theories||3|
|CI 703||Theories, Models and Research of Teaching||3|
|CI 676||Program Evaluation||3|
|CI 706||Multicultural Education||3|
|CIEC 700||Technology and Curriculum||3|
|CI 677||Writing for Publication||3|
|LS 626||Institutional Advancement||3|
|LS 647||Adult and Continuing Education||3|
|LS 705||Administrative Theory||3|
|LS 707||Ethical Theories||3|
|LS 710||Principles of Leadership||3|
|LS 740||Public School Law||3|
|LS 760||Politics of Education||3|