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EdD/PhD Policies and Procedures

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*Please note: These are policies specific to the Programs of International and Comparative Education for Doctoral student progress and degree completion. In many cases, Teachers College policies are less restrictive than the policies adopted by the Programs of International and Comparative Education. In such cases, Program policies take precedent.*

After having passed the general (AM) certification examination (see below), students have two years to take the remaining steps to secure full certification, these include

  1. Passing the Specialization Exam (see below)
  2. Finishing their proposal
  3. Passing their proposal hearing
  4. Completing their Program Plan
  5. Completing their Statement of Total Program
  6. Passing Language Exams (Ph.D. students) (see below)
  7. Completing the IRB process.

All Ed.D. candidates must complete their Ed.D. degree requirements by the expiration date of their period of certification. Ed.D. candidates who have not completed their degree during this time but have registered and completed a course during the last fiveyears may petition for an extension if they are in good standing and, if applicable, have satisfied the college requirements for continuous enrollment for doctoral dissertation advisement. Petitions for extensions may be obtained in the Office of Doctoral Studies. Students filing for an extension must:

  1. Have adequate and acceptable reason
  2. Have registered and completed a course within the last 5 years
  3. Provide a feasible plan for degree completion
  4. Obtain the approval of their faculty advisor, program coordinator and department chair
  5. Students filing petitions for extensions may be required to re-take courses,or undertake additional coursework, as specified by faculty advisor, program coordinator, and/or department chair
  6. File the petition within 6 months of expiration of the certification period
  7. File a maximum of two petitions, which will not exceed 2 yea

Steps to become eligible for Ed.D. certification:

1. Pass the department certification exam
2. Pass the specialization exam
3. Pass the proposal hearing
4. Human Subject Research and Institutional Review Board (IRB) process
     a. Satisfy the Human Subject Research training requirements outlined on the IRB website
     b. Upon successful completion of the dissertation proposal defense, all students are required to request 
         approval from the IRB before beginning research
5. Have the ODS approve the program plan and statement of total program

Steps to become eligible for Ph.D. certification (award of the M.Phil):

1. Pass the department certification exam
2. Pass the specialization exam, students with a concentration in Anthropology or Sociology must take and additional specialization exam
3. Pass the proposal hearing
4. Human Subject Research and Institutional Review Board (IRB) process
     a. Satisfy the Human Subject Research training requirementsoutlined on the IRB website
     b. Upon successful completion of the dissertation proposal defense,all students are required to request 
         approval from the IRB beforebeginning research
5. Have the ODS approve the program plan and statement of total program
6. Complete 75 graduate credits of course work
7. Demonstrate language proficiency in two languages other than English OR one language plus successful performance in a particular statistics sequence

International and Comparative Education Program

Department of International and Transcultural Studies

Guidelines for the Specialization Exam toward the Doctoral Degree 

 

Components of Certification

The certification of doctoral students in the International and Comparative Education (ICE) Program consists of the successful completion of four components: (1) the certification examination; (2) the specialization examination; (3) the dissertation proposal defense; and (4) the Teachers College (TC) Institutional Review Board. Upon successful completion, a Program Recommendation for Certification is made to the Office of Doctoral Studies (ODS). The documentation is reviewed by ODS, after which the student becomes a doctoral candidate and is expected to fulfill the College requirement of continuous registration. This document describes the second part of this process—the examination in the area of the student's specialization. Please refer to the guidelines provided by ODS for all other requirements.

 

The Specialization Examination

The specialization examination provides an opportunity to integrate previous coursework and dissertation research interests, toward the completion of the dissertation proposal. The examination consists of a take-home paper directly related to the student's dissertation topic, as it intersects with significant theories, debates, and studies in the relevant field of ICE. The specialization examination is generally taken during the fourth or fifth semester of the student's program of study, but is not recommended before the student has narrowed the research topic for the dissertation proposal.

 

Readers

The first reader is the adviser of the doctoral student and is affiliated with the student’s area of concentration in the Department of International and Transcultural Studies (ITS). The second reader is generally the second member of the student’s dissertation committee and can be either a faculty member from the ITS department or a faculty member at the College working in the research area of the doctoral student. For PhD students, the readers must come from the appropriate academic disciplines.

 

Planning and Registration

The doctoral student must inform their adviser of their intention to write the specialization examination and to solicit the willingness of the second reader to act as a reviewer at least two months prior to the official examination date. The doctoral student must also inform the ICE program assistant via email which semester the student intends to take the specialization exam. The program assistant will then notify ODS. The student determines, in conversation with the first and second readers, the timeline for the specialization examination, which is to be taken over a two-week period.

 

Content

The examination consists of two questions to be determined in close cooperation with the first and second readers. At least four weeks prior to the official start of the examination, the student submits to the first reader four possible questions and a bibliography relevant to each one of the topics of the questions. Each of the bibliographies should include at least 20 sources to indicate that the student is ready to undertake the examination. The questions should be closely related the student's research interests as they relate to the area of specialization. The first reader, in conversation with the second reader, suggests modification to the questions when necessary and returns to the student two questions on the date of the official start of the examination. The doctoral student is given two weeks to complete the take-home examination. The length of the final paper is 25 pages, inclusive of references.

 

Evaluation

A well-crafted specialization examination demonstrates the doctoral student’s understanding of important theories, concepts, debates, studies, and developments in their particular area and as it relates to the student’s dissertation research topic. Each reviewer gives one of the following grades: high pass, pass, low pass, or fail. Feedback is provided by the first reader in consultation with the second reader, with a view to informing the writing of the dissertation proposal.

 

Each Ph.D. student must demonstrate acceptable proficiency in two foreign languages or one foreign language and a series of two statistics courses to fulfill M.Phil degree requirements. Ed.D. students do not have a language requirement. To obtain more detailed information on how to fulfill this requirement contact ODS and/or the appropriate language department/program at Columbia University. Please note that a specific sequence of Statistics courses can be substituted for one foreign language.

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