Q. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ED. D. DEGREE AND A PH. D. DEGREE?
A. The Doctor of Education (Ed. D. Degree) is a terminal degree in education. The focus is on practical application of information and research skills learned. The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D. Degree), also a terminal degree, emphasizes theory. Individuals earning either of these degrees are referred to as “Doctor”.
Q. HOW DO I APPLY AND WHEN IS THE APPLICATION DUE?
A. Applications are submitted online at www.applytexas. Additional documents outlined in the UTRGV EDD C&I flyer are uploaded with the application or sent directly to UTRGV Graduate College, Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158, 1201 W. University Drive, Edinburg, TX 78539-2999 by May 1.
Q. WHEN WILL APPLICANTS BE NOTIFIED OF RESULTS?
A. Applicants will receive notification by June 1.
Q. WHERE CAN I OBTAIN A LIST, DESCRIPTIONS, AND A SCHEDULE OF THE COURSES INCLUDED IN THE EDUCATION DOCTORAL PROGRAM?
A. These are all included in the Application Procedures Packet or in the Handbook for the EDD C&I Program (on the Program’s website).
Q. HOW IS THE DECISION MADE ABOUT WHO WILL BE SELECTED?
A. Selection Committees made up of professors with the offered specialization areas from the College of Education will select the students.
Q. WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT FOR A SUCCESSFUL APPLICATION?
A. All criteria for admission will be considered; however pay special attention to the following items: 1. The 500 word Statement of Goals (essay). 2. Strong GRE scores 3. A strong fit with research interests in Curriculum and Instruction in one of the specialization areas. 4. Strong GPA. 5. Three recommendation forms with three strong letters of recommendation attached.
Q. WHAT IS THE SIZE OF THE APPLICANT POOL? HOW MANY WILL BE ACCEPTED?
A. The sub-cohorts in the specialization areas are usually a minimum of seven students in order to secure required numbers for the doctoral courses..
Q. CAN A WRITING SAMPLE BE DONE IN A LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH?
Q. HOW DO I FIND AN ADVISOR?
A. The Director of the Doctorate in Education Curriculum and Instruction in coordination with the Specialization Coordinators and Department Chairs assign students a professor who has agreed to serve as their advisor.
Q. CAN I MAKE ARRANGEMENTS BEFORE ADMISSION FOR A FACULTY ADVISOR?
A. No. Faculty advisors are chosen only after admission decisions have been finalized.
Q. HOW LONG DOES THE DEGREE TAKE TO COMPLETE?
A. All course work can be completed in three years and one semester. The Dissertation could be completed during the last two semesters, but candidates may enroll in the last dissertation class multiple times until the completion of the Dissertation. The maximum amount of time is ten years from admission into the doctoral program.
Q. HOW LONG DO YOU HAVE TO BE IN RESIDENCE?
A. The residency requirement is fulfilled by successfully completing 24 semester credit hours at UTRGV.
Q. CAN I GET CREDIT FOR COURSEWORK DONE OUTSIDE OF UTB/TSC?
A. Maybe. - You may transfer 9 SCH into the program; however, the courses must not have counted toward the completion of any other degree and they have to fit within the defined curriculum. The Director of the EDD C&I Program in coordination with the Specialization Coordinators and the relevant Department Chairs will make the decision.
Q. IS THERE FINANCIAL AID?
A. Doctoral Assistantships might be available for a stipend of $18,000 per year. As a Doctoral Teaching Assistant you would teach two undergraduate courses each Fall and Spring semesters, or work 20 hours per week as a Doctoral Research Assistant. You cannot be fully employed elsewhere during the course of the assistantship.
Financial aid may be available through the UTRGV Financial Aid office. Call (956) 882-8229 to determine eligibility. For available scholarships call the College of Education.
Q. WHAT JOBS DO STUDENTS TAKE AFTERWARDS?
A. Academia - Tenure track positions at an institution different from where the doctoral degree was earned. Graduates may also pursue careers in public education (such as dual enrollment teaching), Central Office (Directors, Assistant Superintendents, Curriculum Specialists), Regional or State positions (ESC’s, TEA, SBEC, THECB), or community colleges, four-year colleges, universities, corporate-sponsored education, and research centers. Students coming to this program have diverse backgrounds.
Outside of Academia - Graduates can also anticipate positions as instructional designers, evaluators, trainers, and managers of instructional systems in business, government, higher education, military, and other settings.