Ph.D. in Education with emphasis in Elementary Education or in Special Education
The Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education offers the following Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees:
- PhD in Education with emphasis in Elementary Education Curriculum and Instruction (see plan of study here)
- PhD in Education with emphasis in Special Education (see plan of study here)
All doctoral programs consist of a minimum of 54-69 graduate semester hours beyond the master’s degree. Doctoral comprehensive examination is required.
Entrance into a particular PhD degree program presupposes that the student has completed, or is willing to complete, the coursework required for that program at the master’s degree level or specialist level, and holds or will obtain a Class AA or Class AAA Mississippi license or equivalent. We do not guarantee to meet the licensure requirements of other states. You will be responsible for verifying that your program of study meets your desired state’s licensure requirements.
Students should consult the departmental guidelines, Admission Requirements, Procedures Section, and the General Academic Requirements section of the Graduate Bulletin.
Admission to doctoral programs offered in the content areas of curriculum and instruction is selective. To be considered for regular admission to a doctoral degree program, an applicant must have
- an academic record reflecting a superior undergraduate and graduate grade point average. GPAs of 3.0 on previous graduate work;
- results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), a national standardized achievement/aptitude test predictive of the ability to complete a graduate program successfully; (All sections)
- three letters of recommendation sent to the grad school from professionals in the field of education who are qualified to assess the applicant’s readiness for graduate study;
- a letter of intent (describe reasons for pursuing a doctoral degree); also serves as a writing sample;
- a professional resumé; and
- a copy of educator license
The department reviews qualified applicants for graduate work throughout the academic year. Applications adhering to these dates will receive notification on the specified date as mentioned.
Semester Application Deadlines:
- Fall: First Monday in April, First Monday in May
- Spring: First Monday in September, First Monday in October
- Summer: First Monday in March, First Monday in April
Individuals who have submitted applications which qualified for admission, but who were not selected for enrollment in a given semester, are encouraged to request that their application remain active for future consideration.
Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
Admission to doctoral programs offered in the content area of curriculum and instruction is contingent on the approval of the Departmental Graduate Committee, the department chair, and the dean of the college. An applicant who fails to meet the above criteria for regular admission may be considered for conditional admission on an individual basis.
Students accepted on a conditional basis must obtain a 3.50 GPA or better on their first nine (9) hours of specified coursework 600 level or higher or on all coursework taken while completing this 9-hour requirement. It is the responsibility of the student to inform the department chair or graduate coordinator when conditional status is to be removed; additional requirements may be enforced based on deficiencies.
Information for Current Students
Plan of Study
Students must submit their signed, official Plan of Study form to the Graduate School by the end of the first semester they are enrolled. All students must register for and complete the doctoral qualifying examination prior to the completion of their first twelve (12) hours of doctoral coursework. Based on the outcome of the qualifiers, students may have additional coursework assigned to their plan of study. Students must have a 3.0 GPA to graduate.
Responsible Conduct of Research Training
All faculty holding regular or associate graduate faculty status, must complete RCR training modules required by the Graduate School and their departments. All graduate students must complete the RCR training modules required by the Graduate School and their departments the first semester they are enrolled in graduate school. The RCR policy and training information are found on the Graduate School web page – www.usm.edu/graduateschool. Contact the Dean of the Graduate School if you have any questions regarding the policy or training information.
Students must meet the residency requirements specified in the Graduate Bulletin. The doctoral residency requirement for the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education content requires twenty-four (24) continuous hours of graduate study on campus within two consecutive semesters (fall, spring), excluding summer.
Continuous Enrollment Requirement
Students must meet the requirements specified in the front section of this Graduate Bulletin for continuous enrollment.
A comprehensive exam is required for all doctoral students and must be passed before proceeding to the dissertation. A 3.0 GPA is required for graduation.
More Information on the PhD in Education with emphasis in Elementary Education Curriculum and Instruction
The doctoral program with an emphasis in elementary education provides for specialization in either early childhood education or in reading. A student choosing an emphasis in elementary education, with or without a specialization in either early childhood education or in reading, must complete the requisite coursework in that area prior to beginning doctoral study.
More Information on the PhD in Education with emphasis in Special Education