Program of Study

Program of Study

Core Courses

EDU 810 Doctoral Seminar in Scholarly Discourse (2)
EDU 820 Proseminar I: Critical Pedagogy in Education (2)
EDU 821 Proseminar II: Critical Pedagogy in Education (2)
EDU 860 Education Policy and Politics (3)
EDU 885 Critical Studies in Language, Culture, and Literacy (3)
EDU 889 Seminar in Critical Curriculum Studies (3)

Research Courses

EDF 801 Principles of Statistics I (3)

EDF 810 Advanced Research Design I (3)

EDF 812 Qualitative Research Methods (3)
A minimum of one of the following:

EDF 802 Principles of Statistics II (3)

EDF 811 Advanced Research Design II (3)

An Advanced Qualitative Research course (3)

Concentration Area Coursework

Students take 21 semester hours of coursework in their concentration area of study. Concentration area coursework may be taken through universities in the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area or other accredited universities.


Students may complete a 2-credit practicum in university instruction and up to four 2-credit research internships designed to develop competencies in teaching and research as a part of or in addition to the concentration area of studies.


Every student must complete a dissertation for the doctor of philosophy degree. The dissertation must incorporate a research design capable of addressing a theoretical problem in education of deaf children and youth. Over the course of the program, students must register for a minimum total of twelve (12) credits (EDU 900). After twelve hours are accrued, the student must register for at least one additional credit of EDU 900 until the dissertation is successfully defended.

Qualifying Examination

The qualifying examination consists of written and oral components and is scheduled after two semesters of full-time study or when the student has accrued between 18-30 hours.

Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive examination consists of written and oral parts and is scheduled on completion of formal coursework. It must be passed prior to the dissertation proposal defense.

Advancement to Candidacy

To be eligible for candidacy, students must have completed all program requirements except the dissertation, including:

(a) Completion of all coursework grades of B or better;
(b) Successful completion of the comprehensive examination;
(c) Attaining a grade point average of 3.25.
Doctoral students must reach candidacy within five years of matriculation, and successfully propose and defend a dissertation within five years after candidacy.
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