Comparison of D.Ed. and Ph.D.

Comparison between the D.Ed. and Ph.D. in the Penn State College of Education Adult Education program
Ph.D. D.Ed.
Credits Activities/Courses Credits Activities/Courses
Prerequisites 3 ADTED 460 (or equivalent) 0 None
Advance Standing 0 Not Applicable 30 May be earned from previous master's degree or previous grad courses taken at PSU-approved institutions
ADTED Core 9 ADTED 508, 510, 542 9 ADTED 460, 510, 542
Emphasis Area 18 At least 6 credits from Adult Education and at least 9 credits from one or more supporting areas outside of the program.   Determined by academic advisor in consultation with student and doctoral committee members. 27 At least 12 credits from Adult Education and at least 15 credits from one or more supporting areas outside of the program (minor or general studies).  Determined by academic advisor in consultation with student and doctoral committee members.
Research Design and Methods 18 A grad-level basic stats course; a course exploring qualitative designs and methods (ADTED 550); and a course exploring quantitative designs and methods; advanced level research design/methods courses that augment the skills the student needs to conduct there dissertation research--these may include Research Topics, Independent Studies and/or Thesis Research (ADTED 594, ADTED 596 and/or ADTED 600/610 or ADTED 601/611). 9 A grad-level basic stats course; a course exploring qualitative designs and methods (ADTED 550); and a course exploring quantitative designs and methods.  It is expected that students would develop additional research skills during the dissertation phase.
Candidacy Exam 0 Determines fit between student's academic and career aspirations and program potential; assesses student's abilities in areas critical to completion of the dissertation process and other research endeavors; and confirms student as candidate to either the Ph.D. or D.Ed.

Taken within three semesters (summer sessions are not counted) of entry into the doctoral program -- AFTER the student has completed 30 credits and BEFORE she/he has completed 48 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree.
0 Determines fit between student's academic and career aspirations and program potential; assesses student's abilities in areas critical to completion of the dissertation process and other research endeavors; and confirms student as candidate to either the Ph.D. or D.Ed.

Taken within three semesters (summer sessions are not counted) of entry into the doctoral program -- AFTER the student has completed 30 credits and BEFORE she/he has completed 48 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree.
Comprehensive Exam 0 Assesses student on knowledge of foundational issues that transect the field; mastery of an area of specialization; and readiness for the research phase.

Taken after substantial completion of coursework.

To be eligible student must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.00.
0 Assesses student on knowledge of foundational issues that transect the field; mastery of an area of specialization; and readiness for the research phase.

Taken after substantial completion of coursework.

To be eligible student must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.00.
Thesis/Dissertation 0 Student registers continuously for ADTED 601/611 until thesis is successfully defended.  This course carries no credits. 15 Student must have 15 Credits of ADTED 600/610. Student must be registered in the semester in which they defend their final thesis.
Total Credits 48 90