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Degrees Offered

Available graduate degree programs include:

Master of Science in Education

This degree program is designed for teachers seeking advanced academic qualifications, for those attempting to meet the requirements for the provisional certificate in school services personnel and in administration and supervision, and for those wishing to undertake a degree program at the beginning graduate level. In addition, an M.S. in Education program also may be used by entering graduate students whose ultimate goal is the Ph.D. degree.

The Department of Educational Studies offers both thesis and nonthesis options for the M.S. in Education degree. Both programs require a minimum of 15 graduate-level credit hours in education at Purdue University. The nonthesis options stipulates a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate courses, with most programs specifying more than 30 hours. The thesis option normally requires a minimum of 24 credit hours of graduate courses plus six credit hours of graduate thesis work. Students desiring to pursue the Ph.D. degree are strongly encouraged to select a thesis-option master's program.

The program of study that a student will follow for the degree depends upon the field of study selected by the student. Each student should plan his or her programs with the help of a temporary adviser, major professor, or chair of the departmental graduate committee before beginning his or her studies. All teachers seeking professional certification should check with their adviser and the Office of Professional Preparation and Licensure. Graduate students also should consult the departmental graduate advising handbook for additional requirements that may apply.

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Master of Science

Students may become candidates for the Master of Science degree if they have sufficient undergraduate work in the natural sciences to meet requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree at Purdue University. All other requirements and procedures are identical to those described above for the Master of Science in Education degree.

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Educational Specialist

This degree is awarded only at the West Lafayette Campus. The program consists of a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate preparation in addition to the 30 credit hours earned in a typical master's degree, with one primary area and two or more related areas. One related area must be outside of the primary area. Candidates must satisfactorily complete an approved research project. At least 15 credit hours for this degree must be earned on the West Lafayette Campus. Admission to the program requires prior completion of a master's degree. The degree is a terminal degree and is not intended as an intermediate step between the master's and doctoral degrees. Details of the program may be obtained from the faculty offering the program or from the Office of Graduate Studies within the College of Education. Graduate students also should consult the departmental graduate advising handbook for additional requirements that may apply. Not all graduate program areas offer the Ed.S. degree.

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Department of Educational Studies offers programs of graduate study leading to the Ph.D. degree. The doctoral program is research-oriented and requires a dissertation. The number of credit hours of coursework is subject to approval by the student's advisory committee and the departmental graduate committee, but it typically will consist of a minimum of 45-50 credit hours of graduate courses plus 10-15 credit hours of dissertation research works. Thus, the doctoral plan of study reflects a total of 60 hours of graduate credits beyond a completed master's degree.

The primary area of study will include both foundational and specialized education courses. Each program ordinarily will include 9 to 15 credit hours of graduate work selected from foundational and research competency areas in education. All doctoral programs must include advanced graduate courses in statistics and one advanced course in basic research methodology. In addition to the development of competence in these fields, the student is expected to gain a mastery of an area of specialization.

Typical areas of specialization include: career and technical education, consumer and family science education, literacy and language education, curriculum studies, educational technology, English education, foreign language education, mathematics education, science education, and social studies education.

Individuals desiring to pursue graduate study toward the Ph.D. degree are encouraged to confer with faculty members in their fields of special interest within the department or with the chair of the departmental graduate committee. Graduate students also should consult the departmental graduate studies handbook for additional requirements that may apply.

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