Residency Requirements for Graduate Programs
The College of Education offers the Doctor of Education and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in various program areas. The specific requirements for the major, foundations core, and research core for each doctoral degree are specified by program and vary between programs. However, all doctoral programs in the College of Education require a period of residency for doctoral candidates to ensure that each has a time of concentrated study as a full-time student with minimal outside obligations. Such a period of coursework, reading, reflection, study, research, and interaction with peers and faculty without the distraction of major outside responsibilities is necessary and no one should contemplate doctoral candidacy who is unable or unwilling to spend a substantial portion of time as a full-time student. During the residency, the student should be free of other employment responsibilities, except as specified below.
A candidate may satisfy the residency requirement in one of the following patterns:
- Two consecutive semesters of at least 12 semester hours each.
- Three consecutive full summer sessions of at least 9 weeks each while earning at least 9 hours of graduate credit during the summer session.
- A full summer session of 12 weeks, earning 12 hours of graduate credit plus the completion of at least 12 hours of graduate credit during the adjacent spring or fall semester.
- A combination of 21 hours of graduate credit completed during a 12-month period plus at least 3 additional hours of graduate credit completed in an immediately preceding or subsequent full semester or summer session.
- Nine semester hours in each of the regular semesters and at least 6 hours in the preceding or subsequent summer (for students holding half-time graduate assistantships or students involved for no more than half-time in other work closely related to doctoral study).
The proposal for doctoral study (degree plan), including the plan for meeting the residency requirements, should be submitted to the Graduate School well in advance of the proposed residency period.
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
This department supervises the following degree programs and certificates:
- Master of Education in Bilingual Education
- Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
- Master of Education in Elementary Education
- Master of Education in Language Literacy Education
- Master of Education in Secondary Education
- Master of Science in Multidisciplinary Science
- Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction
- Graduate Certificate in Developmental Literacy
- Graduate Certificate in Multidisciplinary Science
- Master Mentor Graduate Certificate
Department of Eduational Psychology and Leadership
The Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership offers coursework at the undergraduate level in educational psychology and special education. The department offers study in the following graduate degree programs and certificates:
- Master of Education in Counselor Education
- Master of Education in Educational Leadership
- Master of Education in Educational Psychology
- Master of Education in Higher Education
- Master of Education in Instructional Technology
- Master of Education in Special Education
- Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership
- Doctor of Education in Higher Education
- Doctor of Education in Instructional Technology
- Doctor of Education in Special Education*
- Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education
- Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership
- Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology
- Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education–Higher Education Research
- Doctor of Philosophy in Special Education
- Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis
- Graduate Certificate in Autism
- Graduate Certificate in College Student Counseling
- Graduate Certificate in Dual Sensory Impairment
- Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration
- Institutional Research and Institutional Effectieness
- Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Counseling
- Graduate Certificate in Sensor Impairment and Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Graduate Certificate in Special Education Transition
- Graduate Certificate in Teacher Advancement Program (TAP) Connect Educational Leadership
- Graduate Certificate in Teacher Advancement Program (TAP) Connect Literacy
- Graduate Certificate in Teacher Advancement Program (TAP) Connect STEM
- Graduate Certificate in Teacher Leadership
Program Offerings & Course Descriptions
- Bilingual Education, M.Ed.
- Counselor Education, M.Ed.
- Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed.
- Educational Leadership, M.Ed.
- Educational Psychology, M.Ed.
- Elementary Education, M.Ed.
- Higher Education, M.Ed.
- Instructional Technology, M.Ed.
- Language Literacy Education, M.Ed.
- Multidisciplinary Science, M.S.
- Secondary Education, M.Ed.
- Special Education, M.Ed.
- Counselor Education, Ph.D.
- Curriculum and Instruction (Online/Blended), Ph.D.
- Curriculum and Instruction, Ph.D.
- Educational Leadership, Ed.D.
- Educational Leadership, Ph.D.
- Educational Psychology, Ph.D.
- Higher Education, Ed.D.
- Higher Education-Higher Education Research, Ph.D.
- Instructional Technology, Ed.D.
- Special Education, Ph.D.
The director of each certificate, in consultation with the director of graduate studies, will develop and specify a program of study appropriate for each student. If students decide to pursue studies beyond the certificate level, course credit earned toward the certificate can be considered toward a graduate degree.
Graduate certificates are intended to meet the supplemental post-baccalaureate education needs of professionals. A graduate certificate program is a set of courses that provides in-depth knowledge in a subject matter. The set of courses provides a coherent knowledge base.
A student applying for a graduate certificate program will be admitted with a “GCRT” designation. Some certificate programs require the GRE or GMAT, and some do not. To take any graduate course, all prerequisite courses (including undergraduate courses) must be taken and necessary background obtained before attempting the course. A student will be required to have a baccalaureate degree to start a graduate certificate program. There is only one exception to having a baccalaureate degree. If an undergraduate student from Texas Tech University has a 3.0 GPA or better and is within 12 hours of completion of a baccalaureate degree, the student may start taking graduate courses toward a graduate certificate. The student must have a baccalaureate degree to receive a graduate certificate.
Graduate credits earned while the student is enrolled in a graduate certificate program may not be applied toward a graduate degree unless the student completes the GRE or GMA T and enrolls as a fully accredited graduate student. After taking the GRE or GMA T and fulfilling all other admission requirements, a student may use the courses taken for a graduate certificate degree if the courses fulfill the requirements of the program of study for the degree.
Graduate students may pursue a graduate certificate that is outside their graduate program of study. No more than one transfer course (if approved by the advisor of the graduate certificate program and the Graduate School) will be allowed for a graduate certificate program. If a graduate student is in good standing and dropping out of the graduate program, the student may receive a graduate certificate if the necessary courses have been taken. To receive a graduate certificate, a student must have a GPA of 3.0 or better. No grade lower than a C will be accepted.
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