The PhD degree requires a minimum of 56 hours of course work plus a minimum of 30 hours of dissertation credit. Students with prior course work relevant to the PhD emphasis may be eligible for a reduction in the credit hour requirement. Students may apply coursework from other qualifying institutions toward their degree, typically not to exceed 12 hours.
All students must complete a two-part language/culture requirement. Part one consists of a seminar in multicultural education (EDUC 8014) taken fall semester of the second year. Part two consists of three distinct options to enhance linguistic/cultural understanding, from which students choose only one option. For additional information please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook.
A written comprehensive exam must be completed toward the end of the completion coursework. The examination will cover content of all work in the program. Candidates transferring coursework from other institutions for this program will be responsible for the same knowledge as those whose work has been taken entirely at the University of Colorado Boulder. Candidates must be registered for coursework (which includes enrollment in reading or independent study courses) or dissertation hours during the semester(s) in which they take the comprehensive exam.
All doctoral students in the School are required to complete, at a minimum, one scholarly product, typically before taking comprehensive examinations; other research endeavors prior to the dissertation are desirable. Presentations at professional meetings, technical research reports, and published articles and book reviews are typical ways in which the requirement is satisfied.
All students are required to write and publicly defend a dissertation under the supervision of a faculty committee composed of a chair and four other members.
Strand 1: Advanced Topics in Learning Sciences and Human Development
Twelve (12) semester hours selected with advisor's approval from the following:
Strand 2: Electives
Thirteen (13) semester hours of graduate-level courses, with advisor's approval. At least six (6) of these hours must be outside learning sciences and human development, and must be courses other than those used to satisfy requirements in Strands 1- 3. Note: These electives may be used to satisfy requirements toward the Institute for Cognitive Sciences certificate.
Each candidate is expected to participate, beyond course and program requirements, in the academic life of the university. Emphasis is on the candidate's growing independence in scholarship; annual evaluation of progress includes a review of general scholarly involvement as well as success in course work.