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International and Comparative Education
In the Department of International & Transcultural Studies
Doctor of Education (90 points)
Description of the Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) Program Requirements
International Educational Development (IED – code: INTL)
Download IED/CIE Requirements for the Ed.D. Degree including the Course Planning Worksheet for Ed.D. students (PDF)
· Records: Copies are important! It is highly recommended that students keep personal copies of all paperwork submitted to TC offices. Copies of all forms submitted to the Registrar should ALSO be filed in the student file in the ICE program office. This is the responsibility of every student.
· Communication: Read the weekly Notes from Grace Dodge Hall for important updates and deadlines. Contact the Program Assistant if you have any questions.
· Advisement: It is the student’s responsibility to meet with his/her faculty advisor and have all coursework approved. It is recommended that students meet with the faculty advisor at least once at the beginning of each semester to discuss course offerings and receive approval of all study plans.
· Choosing courses: It is recommended that students sit in on different courses during the first two weeks of any semester. For course suggestions, students may ask the faculty advisor, the Peer Advisor, or the ICE Program Assistant. Also, speaking with fellow students is a good way to learn about courses being offered.
· Registering for courses: Students may add or drop courses until the date posted by the Registrar (refer to the TC Academic Calendar) through the online Student Information System. New students need a registration PIN, which they can obtain from the ICE Program Assistant at Orientation.
· Courses Outside of TC: All courses taken outside TC at Columbia University are subject to the tuition rates of the school offering the course. Consult the Registrar for current rates and for instructions on how to register. Please check with your advisor. Faculty approval recommended. Note: Doctoral students please see the TC Catalog for information about taking courses through the Inter-University Doctoral Consortium.
· Full- v. part-time status and Certificates of Equivalency (COE): Part-time status is the equivalent of 0-11 credits. Full-time status is the equivalent of 12 or more credits. Part-time students who require full-time certification (for such reasons as funding/financial aid, international student status, IP fieldwork) may file a Certificate of Equivalency form. This must be signed by the student’s advisor and may be obtained online or in person from the Registrar.
· Transfer credit: Not applicable to M.A. students. All other students should consult your program requirements for details.
1. Coursework (at least 90 graduate level points, including up to 45 transferred credits).
Ed.D. coursework falls into four broad areas:
Area 1: Core Courses (12 credits)
· ITSF 6580: Advanced Seminar in Comparative Education
· ITSF 6581: Advanced Seminar in International Educational Development
· Choose two other ITSF courses (approved by the advisor)
Area 2: Concentration (at least 27 credits)
· Courses counting towards the concentration must be advisor-approved.
· In some cases, transferred credits may be applied in this area.
Area 3: Transcultural/Area Studies/Research Methods (at least 27 credits)
· At least 6 credits must be in research methods
· Other Area 3 courses must come from at least two of the following categories: topics, professional skills, internship/practicum
· In some cases, transferred credits may be applied in this area.
· In some cases, language credits may be applied in this area. Please check with the Registrar for restrictions on applying language credits
Area 4: Broad & Basic/Electives (at least 24 credits)
· Can include courses dealing with the nature of education, the nature of a person’s learning processes, and the methods of evaluation and research
· Can include courses that do not fit into any of the previous categories such as courses in related scholarly disciplines, and/or those which give an understanding of the functions of related specialties.
· Transferred credits may be applied in this area
Only graduate-level language courses at an advanced level of proficiency count towards the degree. These require approval from your advisor and the Registrar. No more than six credits of language courses can be used towards a graduate degree.
Courses Outside of TC:
Please see the TC Catalog for information about taking courses through the Inter-University Doctoral Consortium.
A maximum of 45 credits may be transferred from other recognized institutions. Only graduate courses which have been (1) completed with grades of B or higher, (2) submitted on an official transcript from a regionally accredited institution, (3) granted/assigned graduate credit on the transcript of that institution, and (4) completed prior to enrollment at Teachers College may be considered for transfer credit. Transfer credit is awarded at the discretion of the faculty advisor and according to College policy. After registering for the first semester, students should obtain and fill out an Advanced Standing Review (ASR) application from the Office of the Registrar and return it to the Office of the Registrar. Transcripts will be evaluated and sent to the ICE Program Assistant, who will then contact the student with further instructions. The entire process can take several months.
2. Departmental certification examination
· Students complete their certification exam (AM) by the end of their first year in the program. The exam is integrated with the Advanced Seminar and includes two parts: one completed in the fall semester and one completed in the spring. Students must be authorized by ODS to take this exam; please see advisor for more details. The certification exam may be attempted twice. More information is available on the “Ed.D/Ph.D Policies and Procedures” page on the ICE website.
3. Specialization examination
· Each professional specialization has different examination requirements. Students must register for the exam with ODS during the first week of the semester and should consult the main advisor for more information.
4. Defense of a dissertation proposal
· The dissertation proposal defense requires two readers. The advisor/sponsor is the first reader, and students are responsible for finding a second reader appropriate for the concentration.
· Students should register for ITSF 7500 during the semester of the proposal hearing.
· Students are responsible for making arrangements with the two readers for the proposal hearing. Students should fill out the “Dissertation Proposal Hearing Report,” available from the ODS website. After a successful hearing, this form needs to be signed by both readers and the department chair. A copy should be submitted to the ICE program office and the original should be turned in to ODS.
· After a successful proposal hearing, students must submit an application to TC’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the research project.
Please refer to the TC IRB website for more information (http://www.tc.columbia.edu/admin/irb/). Once approved, copies of the IRB approval letter must be filed with the ICE program office and ODS.
5. Program Plan
· Download the document "Ed.D. Program Plan Form" from the ODS website. Students should complete the Program Plan and obtain the advisor's signature on the form. This should be done by the time of the proposal hearing.
6. Ed.D. Certification
· Once students have 1) completed most of the required coursework, 2) passed the department exam, the specialization exam, and the proposal hearing, 3) received IRB approval for the dissertation research, and 4) submitted the approved program plan, students are eligible for Ed.D. certification. This process must be completed through the ICE program office with the assistance of the ICE program assistant. Final determination of certification is by the Office of Doctoral Studies.
7. Fieldwork Outside of the United States
· Students who are conducting fieldwork outside of the United States may register for ITSF 6200 for one or two semesters. This is a 0-credit course. If this course will be taken, it should be included in the program plan.
8. Preparation and defense of a research dissertation
· All Ed.D. students must registered for ITSF8900, Doctoral Dissertation Advisement, after the Dissertation Proposal Hearing or the submission of the Recommendation for Certification to the Office of Doctoral Studies, whichever comes first. Students who are unable to receive advisement may be eligible for a wavier. Contact the office of Doctoral Studies for more information.
· Students may also refer to the document "General Instructions for the Preparation of Dissertations for the Doctor of Education Degree: A Manual of Style" downloadable from the ODS website for more information on dissertation preparation.
· The “Guide to the Dissertation Oral Defense” is available on the ODS website for general guidance on preparing for the dissertation defense.
· Consult the Office of Doctoral Studies for requirements on continuous enrollment.
For more information, review the full ICE Student Handbook here.