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    Comparison between Ph.D and D.Ed.

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

    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.