The College of Education’s Doctoral Program Committee makes key decisions in regards to the doctoral program and related issues such as a review of requests to transfer up to six semester hours upon entry into the doctoral program, distribution of
- Faculty Mentor: A faculty mentor will be assigned to each doctoral student soon after admission and will guide the student during his/her first year in the program.
- Program Adviser: The committee will select the student’s program adviser during the second year fall semester after completion of the Interim Review. The program adviser may be the same as the faculty mentor.
- Dissertation Committee: The dissertation committee will be formalized officially after successful completion of the Capstone Seminar and advancement to doctoral candidacy.
Students, whether or not they have completed all core courses, will be reviewed by the faculty members who taught the core courses at the end of the first year for each summer cohort. This Interim Review will address issues such as progress in the program, course work to date, writing and clarity of conceptual thinking, commitment to the doctoral program and potential research interests. The review is designed to reveal the doctoral nominee's academic strengths and weaknesses and the probability of the nominee's successful completion of the program through the doctoral dissertation. Listed below are the procedures for the Interim Review developed by the Doctoral Program Committee:
- A special meeting of doctoral faculty will be called to participate in the cohort’s Interim Review.
- The faculty will review each student's first-year performance and
supportingdocumentation (transcripts, degree plans, etc.). The burden of the review will be onthose faculty members who have taught the student during their first year of study.
- The student's faculty mentor will meet with the student to report the outcome of the review, including any diagnostic advice.
- Names of students perceived to be having serious difficulties during their first year will be referred back to the Doctoral Program Committee for discussion.
Doctoral students, prior to developing a proposal or beginning work on the dissertation, will take a Capstone Doctoral Course in place of the Qualifying or Comprehensive Examination. Successful completion of the course will advance students to doctoral candidacy. The Doctoral Program Committee will design of the capstone course and criteria to evaluate student performance in the course. Course design and evaluation criteria will be reviewed and approved by the full faculty.
Transfer of Credits
No more than six semester credit hours of work may be transferred for credit toward the doctoral degree from other universities or from UTEP. Transfer of credit is subject to approval by the Doctoral Program Committee. Transfer courses must be post-Masters, not for a
Pre-Admission Course Taking
Students are discouraged from taking courses prior to admission and are cautioned that doing so will not be a factor in doctoral program admission decisions. Students who still decide to take courses should not take core courses or research methods courses. Some students may need to take "leveling" courses to meet prerequisites, especially for the research methods courses.
First-Year Course Taking
Students are required to take the six core courses during their first year in the doctoral program: one course during the first summer, two courses during the fall and spring semesters and one course during the second summer. The faculty advises students to limit first-year work to core courses. First-year students may not take an additional course during a semester in which they drop a core course.
Substitution of Courses:
The Doctoral Program Committee will review course substitution requests, upon recommendations of program advisers.
Certificate and Doctoral Courses:
Doctoral students who wish to earn a certificate in addition to the doctorate will need to take all courses for the certificate. No courses for the certificate under the 5380 level or equivalent, will count toward the doctoral degree.