The letter of acceptance from the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies gives the name of a faculty member who has been assigned as advisor. This assignment should be considered temporary but may continue by mutual agreement. Prior to the first registration each student should make an appointment with the assigned advisor to establish a program of study for the degree. Students may request a change of advisor if they feel it is warranted by contacting the School of Education Office of Student Services It is customary for doctoral students to change advisors at the time that they begin work on the dissertation given that the dissertation committee chair must be an expert in the area to be studied by the student. Selection of a dissertation chair must be by mutual consent.
For a Ph.D. offered jointly by the School of Education and another department, at least half of the courses appearing on the degree plan must be in Education if the degree is to be awarded through the School of Education.
Faculty Advisors assist you with big picture issues, such as professional-level guidance. Your faculty advisor will assist you in the following ways:
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- Career counseling
- Professional advice
- Goal clarification
- Answers to substantive questions about education courses
- Course planning and degree plan sign-off
Formal Degree Plan
All courses on the degree plan must be taught by members of the graduate faculty. This includes courses taken outside of the student’s department. Membership on the University faculty does not automatically constitute membership on the graduate faculty. A faculty member’s graduate status can be ascertained by calling the faculty member’s department.
During the first year of study a formal Degree Plan must be approved and signed by the student’s advisor, the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies for the School of Education. Degree plans will not be approved by the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies if they do not meet the requirements specified below, even if signed by an advisor. Students are responsible for developing with their advisor a substantive course of study that is consistent with these requirements. Note that program areas each have course requirements and guidelines that must be followed in planning a course of study. To avoid any misunderstanding students are encouraged to submit a formal Degree Plan as early in their program as possible. Once a formal plan has been approved it can be modified by obtaining the same set of signatures required for initial approval.