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Comparison between Ph.D and Ed.D.

Information about the Ph.D versus the Ed.D provided by the Penn State College of Education.

Comparison of the Higher Education Doctoral Degree

 

The Ph.D. Degree

 

 

The D.Ed. Degree*

 

 

Graduate School Requirements:

Residency: Two consecutive semesters of enrollment as a full time student, i.e.: Fall/Spring, Spring/Fall.

 

Minor: Optional 15 credits

Total credits required by the Grad School: 0

 

Graduate School Requirements:

Residency: 30 credits taken at the University Park campus. No full-time or consecutive semester requirements.

Minor: 15 credit hours outside the Program

Total credits required by the Grad School: 60 credits above the master’s degree or 90 total credits

 

Higher Education Requirements:

 

Higher Education Requirements:

Core Area: 15 Credits
  • History
  • Curriculum
  • Students
  • Administration in Higher Education
  • Organization Theory
Core Area: 15 Credits
  • History
  • Curriculum
  • Students
  • Administration in Higher Education
  • Organization Theory

Advanced Study:

Area of Specialization: 12 credits in additional HI ED coursework.

Advanced Study:

Area of Specialization: 12 credits in additional HI ED coursework.

Research Skills: Minimum of 12 credits:

  • Statistics through Multivariate Analysis
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Research Design

Research Skills: Minimum of 12 credits:

  • Statistics through Multivariate Analysis
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Research Design

Advanced Research Skills:
Minimum of 9 credits beyond basic skills, probably in research skills of the cognate area.

Advanced Research Skills:
None required

Electives:
12 credits (optional) of work to enhance knowledge base where necessary.

Internship:
9 credits (optional based on previous experience) internship or practicebased courses.

Cognate or Minor:
Minimum of 15 credits. When combined with the advanced research skills, credits could be applied toward master along the way if a student lacks that degree. (See list of acceptable cognate areas under Specific Requirements for the Ph.D., p. 17.)

Minor or General Studies Grouping of Courses:
15 credits

Proposal Course (HIED 594):
3 credits minimum must be taken in formal class; 9 credits maximum, for completion of the proposal. Used to complete the Comprehensive Examination process (dissertation proposal defense).

Proposal Course (HIED594):
3 credits minimum must be taken in formal class; 9 credits maximum, for completion of the proposal. Used to complete the Comprehensive Examination process (dissertation proposal defense).

Dissertation:
Enroll in HIED 601 or 611. These are noncredit courses used to maintain continuous enrollment, a requirement of the Ph.D., until the degree is completed.

Dissertation:
15 credits of HIED 600 or 610

Total credits (not counting dissertation):
Core: 15
Specialization: 12
Basic Research: 12
Advanced Research: 9
Cognate: 15
Proposal : 3
Total: 66

Total Credits (not counting dissertation):
Core: 15
Specialization: 12
Basic Research: 12
Minor: 15
Proposal: 3
Total: 57

Dissertation credits are not accumulated in the Ph.D; student registers for 0 credits of HI ED 601 or 611

Dissertation Credits: 15

**Optional Electives: 12

**Internship: 9

Total: 78

Total: 81

 

*D.Ed. candidates are required by the Graduate School to take 90 credits toward a doctorate. Students possessing a master’s degree will be granted advanced standing toward the 90 total credits required.

**Optional based on the student’s previous experience.