Course Sequence

The EDLDR doctoral programs are flexible with regard to courses and course sequencing. That said, all full time incoming doctoral students may want to keep several things in mind when planning their course of study. 

First, and as indicated above, all new Ph.D. doctoral students are required to take the EDLDR proseminar, offered every fall. Second, D.Ed. students are required to take a minimum of 9 research course credits, and a minimum of 12 credits for Ph.D. students. Third, a typical full-time semester course load is 9 credits (three courses), and students should be cautious about workloads with more than three courses per semester. Full-time students should expect to complete Research Design 585 during the first year of enrollment in the program. Part-time students should similarly complete Research Design 585 before or while enrolling in other research methods courses. Last, students should note that many research methods courses have prerequisites. Especially when looking to enroll in qualitative and/or quantitative methods courses, students should check to see if they have met the prerequisite course requirements before enrolling in these courses.

As a general guideline, full-time doctoral students are encouraged to consider the following course sequence for the initial two years of study and coursework in order to become oriented to and integrated into the doctoral program, and to meet the required number of research course credits. Students should consult their advisers for additional recommendations regarding coursework.

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
Year One
  • EDLDR Proseminar
  • A qualitative and/or quantitative research methods course
  • A course within the major or minor field
  • Research Design (EPS 585)
  • A qualitative and/or quantitative research methods course
  • A course within the major or minor field
Year Two
  • A qualitative and/or quantitative research methods course
  • Two courses within the major or minor field
  • Three courses within the major or minor field and/or an additional research course