ERIC Number: ED334592
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Structure of Doctoral Programs in English Education: A Survey.
O'Donnell, Roy C.
A survey investigated the structure of doctoral programs in English education. Upon request, 24 universities (out of 36 approached) sent varying kinds of information regarding their programs, including department or program brochures, university-wide graduate bulletins, and explanatory letters. Results indicated great diversity, allowing only broad generalizations in profiling such programs. Some programs focus on preparing scholars to take leadership roles in the area of Secondary English Education; others cover the broadly defined area of Language Arts Education at all grade levels. To some extent, program titles reflect this diversity. Programs are similar in their admission requirements, but differ greatly in the number and kinds of courses offered. There are both similarities and differences in required examinations and in the structure of committees. All require students to pass examinations or write papers to demonstrate scholarly potential before admission to candidacy for the degree, and all require students to write and defend a terminal project, usually called a thesis or dissertation. Time allowed for completion of all degree requirements varies from as few as 7 to as many as 10 years. Some universities offer only the Ph.D. degree; others offer only the Ed.D.; others offer both degrees. There is no single feature that distinguishes all Ed.D. degree programs from all Ph.D. degree programs, but institutions that offer both generally make distinctions in matters such as length of continuous residence, specific courses, and the kind of dissertation expected. (An appendix lists universities included in the survey.) (SR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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