Program Curriculum

The program builds on the Master of Education or a comparable program. The 60-credit Ph.D. program includes 9 credits in foundations, 21 credits in research methodology and data analyses, 6 credits in internship, 6 credits of an individually designed specialty, and 9 credits in dissertation design and study. Additional coursework may be required for students who do not have a foundation in research. Sixty credit hours are required. A list of the courses and credit hours is listed below.

Core Courses (9 credits)

EDCI 8180 (Critical Issues and Perspectives in Urban Education)
ADMN 8695 (Advanced Seminar in Teaching and Learning)
RSCH 8210 (Applied Research Methods)

Research Methods and Advanced Content (21 credits)

RSCH 8110 (Descriptive and Inferential Statistics)
RSCH 8120 (Advanced Statistics)
RSCH 8140 (Multivariate Statistics)
RSCH 8111 (Qualitative Research Methods)
RSCH 8121 (Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis)
RSCH 8196 (Program Evaluation Methods)
RSCH 8220 (Advanced Measurement)

Research Specialization (select 9 credits)

RSCH 8112 (Survey Research Methods)
RSCH 8130 (Presentation and Computer Analysis of Data)
RSCH 8113 (Single-Case Research)
RSCH 8150 (Structural Equation Modeling Methods)
RSCH 8230 (Classical and Modern Test Theory)
RSCH 8160 (Hierarchical Linear Models)
Note. 8000 level research courses from other doctoral program across the university may be considered

Secondary Area of Concentration (6 credit hours)

Students will be required to complete a secondary concentration of their choice, with the approval of their doctoral advisor/committee. Areas may include elective courses from: (a) educational leadership; (b) curriculum and instruction; (c) statistics; (d) counseling; (e) early childhood; (f) special education; (g) instructional systems technology; and (h) higher education.

 Internship (6 credit hours)

RSCH 8410 (Internship in Educational Research)
RSCH 8411 (Internship in Teaching Educational Research)

Proposal Design (3 credit hours)

 RSCH 8699 (Dissertation Proposal Design)

 Dissertation (a minimum of 6 credit hours)

 RSCH 8999 (Doctoral Dissertation Research)

Other requirements (e.g. residence, comprehensive exams, thesis, dissertation, clinical or field experience, "second major," etc.).

In addition to coursework and the dissertation, students must complete a portfolio of achievements related to the three focus areas of research, collaboration, and teaching. This portfolio must receive satisfactory ratings from the Faculty Review Committee at two critical junctures known as Benchmark One and Benchmark Two. The first benchmark serves as a Qualifying Examination and includes demonstration of writing, collaboration, and research skills. The second benchmark is comparable to the comprehensive exams required by some Ph.D. programs.  Students receive opportunities to build this portfolio through the Research and Practice coursework.  The following are some examples of possible products in the portfolio: research based paper, journal article review, conference presentation, evaluation project, team study, and research report.

In addition to the portfolio requirements, all students must complete a dissertation. The purpose of the dissertation is for doctoral students to demonstrate their ability to synthesize the professional literature and generate new knowledge for the profession through using well-established research tools. For the Ph.D. in Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation, the dissertation may be quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods. Whatever type of design, it must adhere to current standards for quality as reflected in professional writing on the chosen method of research design and reflected in the current literature. Students must be continuously enrolled for dissertation research credits through and including the semester of graduation. Defense of the dissertation is conducted in a final oral examination that is open to the University community.

The program will accept up to two courses as transfer from a regionally accredited doctoral granting institution, providing the Educational Research Doctoral Committee determines that the course or courses to be transferred are equivalent to similar courses required in the UNC Charlotte Ph.D. program or fit the specialty area. The grade in these transfer courses must be an A or B. All of the dissertation work must be completed at UNC Charlotte.

All students will be required to take 24 credit-hour common research courses, 9 credit-hours in research specialization, and 6 credit-hours in a research internship.

Students must complete their degree, including the dissertation, within 8 years.  The minimum time for completion for a full-time student is 3 years.