Admission to Candidacy

The candidacy examination is to evaluate whether an admitted student:

  1. has determined an appropriate direction and goals for the doctoral studies in the chosen emphasis area of Curriculum and Instruction (C I);
  2. has sufficient background knowledge of developments, issues, and trends in that field of study;
  3. can demonstrate high levels of competence in the use of English, including reading, writing, and speaking;
  4. has completed all prerequisites set upon their admission to the C I Ph.D. program; and
  5. exhibits the necessary knowledge, skills, dispositions, and motivation to complete doctoral studies.

C I faculty recommend that the candidacy examination be administered during the first or second semester of full time study (or after 12 credits of part-time study). The Graduate School requires that the candidacy examination be taken within three semesters (summer sessions do not count) of entry into the doctoral program. The Graduate School places the date of successful completion of the candidacy examination on the student’s graduate transcript. The candidate must complete all requirements for the Ph.D. in C I within eight years of that date, and remain continuously registered (Fall and Spring semesters) until graduation. Requests for extension of completion of degree should be made through a candidate’s adviser and the C I Director of Graduate Studies.

In consultation with the student, the adviser is responsible for initiating plans for and the scheduling of the candidacy examination. At least one other C I faculty member must participate in the candidacy examination. Both the adviser and faculty member must be currently approved graduate faculty within the C I Department. Students who are considering completing a concurrent master’s degree or a doctoral minor in another field are strongly encouraged to include a faculty member from that field on the candidacy committee. At least three weeks prior to the desired date of the candidacy examination, the adviser should notify the C I Graduate Office and request the examination be scheduled and the paperwork be completed.

The candidacy examination requires the presentation and discussion of original written materials that address the purposes of the examination. During the examination, the student and faculty should consider possible areas of study and begin the process of identifying faculty who might serve as members of the doctoral committee.

Based on the student’s performance during the examination and their written materials, faculty members decide to admit the student as a doctoral candidate, to reject him or her, or to require a reexamination within one calendar year. Remediation for inadequate written or oral English may be prescribed. The adviser must file the results of the examination by completing The Report of Doctoral Candidacy Examination (see Appendix A) in the C I Graduate Office, which then notifies the Graduate School. No candidate may proceed with his or her program beyond candidacy until this report is filed.

Ph.D. Manual
Expectations of the Curriculum & Instruction Doctoral Program
Roles of an Adviser ○ Admission to Candidacy ○ The Doctoral CommitteePlan of StudyComprehensive ExaminationDissertationProcedures Concerning Graduation