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Exceptional Learning Ph.D.
Procedures for Ph.D. Candidates Once Admitted to the Program

ELPHD After Entry Procedures, Regulations & Timeline Summary

  • Once admitted, it is important for students to follow procedures/regulations outlined below:

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    Graduate School Calendar

    and specific deadline/semester dates.

Procedures/Regulations When To Be Done
Temporary advisor appointed by Director No later than 2nd semester of enrollment

Submission of program of study

By the time 15 semester hours are earned
Annual review (vita submission) by faculty Second half of spring semester
Residence semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer) Anytime during program
Written comprehensive exam Second half of semester in which enrolled in EDU 7920. Results must be reported on Comprehensive Examination Form.
Dissertation prospectus presentation Proposal submitted to committee a minimum of two weeks prior to prospectus presentation. Presentation scheduled just following successful completion of EDU 7920.
Fifteen (15) hours of dissertation coursework (minimum) To begin at time proposal is accepted by committee of successful completion of comprehensive examination and continuously thereafter, until dissertation is completed.
Final draft of dissertation to committee Minimum two weeks prior to defense
Abstract of dissertation to Ph.D. Director Two weeks prior to defense
Scheduling of defense No sooner than two weeks after submission of dissertation to committee.
Publication of defense Send dissertation abstract and defense date, time, and location to Ph.D. Director at least two weeks prior to defense
Announcement of successful defense Immediately following defense; results must be reported on Thesis/Dissertation Form.
*Final official copy of dissertation (copies to Graduate School and copies to committee) When copies are finalized