Program Administration

Suggested Courses for ECEE Concentration:

Science Education
  • 8420: Essential Elementary Science
  • 8430: Mastery of Elementary Science
  • 8440: Leadership in Elementary Science

Coursework Transfer Policy

Up to 9 graduate credit hours total may transfer to the Ed.D. in C&I.  Transfer courses may substitute for the research or concentration core(s) only; transfer courses may not be used for program cohort courses.  Transfer may not occur for courses taken more than 7 years prior to candidacy.  Students may not transfer courses from a master’s degree program.  Candidacy is established upon passing of the comprehensive exam.

Program Academic Regulations

Students enrolled in this program are expected to be working professional educators and as such, their position in the school community will serve as an internship/field experience. Students who are not employed while enrolled will arrange with the Program Coordinator to work in a local setting. Residency requirements are embedded within cohort coursework. Students are required to enroll in cohort courses in sequence with their assigned cohort.  Should extenuating circumstances arise, the student’s adviser and the EdD Program Committee will consider and approve or deny alternate sequencing.  The formal coursework requirement is satisfied through successful completion of each course in the program of study with a grade of “C” or higher, with an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. Coursework in which a grade below “C” is earned may not be applied to the EdD program.

Qualifying Paper  

The qualifying paper will be written and assessed as part of course requirements for EDCI 8650 Curriculum and Instruction  in Contemporary Urban Settings; students will further obtain approval of the final draft of the paper by their dissertation committee members.  The student is responsible for submitting a copy of the paper to their committee members as an opportunity opportunity for faculty to better know the students and their scholarly thinking and writing.  If there is a significant discrepancy/problem with the students’ work, the chair should bring the problem to the attention of the EdD program committee.

Comprehensive Exams

The comprehensive exam will consist of written exam questions pertaining to the student’s area of research and study.
  1. Comprehensive exams are administered in a take-home format.
  2. The comprehensive exam consists of three questions, 1) research-oriented, 1) content-oriented, and 1) program -oriented (curriculum and instruction focused on social justice).
  3. Each student is responsible for individual work with original submissions.  Collaboration is not permitted in preparation, writing, or proofing/revising the comprehensive exams.
  4. Responses should be be 7-10 pages in length, exclusive of references, for each of the three questions formatted in APA style.
  5. The dissertation committee chair is responsible for developing the research and content oriented questions; the program oriented question will be developed by the EdD Program Committee members and provided to the committee chairs.
  6. Students will receive their three exam questions on the last class day of the program Fall (year) 2 courses.
  7. Responses are to be submitted to the dissertation chair (cc Dr. Sullivan and Fernandes Williams) on the first class day of Spring (year) 2 via email format.
  8. Once the written comprehensive exams are deemed satisfactory by the student’s committee, the oral defense may take place.  This form must be submitted to Dr. Sullivan
  9. If there is a significant discrepancy or problem with a student’s submission, the chair of the dissertation committee should bring the problem to the attention of the EdD program directors and/or committee.
  10. Oral defenses of the comprehensive exam should be scheduled in Fall 2 for sometime in Spring 2 prior to approximately 15 February. Electronic means such as Skype/Google Hangout are acceptable means of conducting the oral defense.

Prospectus and Dissertation

The prospectus presentation and dissertation will follow the approved dissertation format in the Georgia State University College of Education and Human Development.  The dissertation will consist of a research study contextualized in the PK-12 school, community, and/or family setting as approved by the student’s dissertation committee.  Be sure that you plan your schedule well for submission of documents and forms in a timely manner.  Instructions for this process are found on the Forms, Policies, and Regulations link. 
**Note that all students except those working in Early Childhood and Elementary Education must submit a hard copy of the completed prospectus to the Chair of the Department of Middle and Secondary Education two weeks prior to submitting the announcement to the Office of Academic Assistance for a total of four weeks prior to defense.

Field Mentors

Students will be required to establish a mentorship with a program peer(s) to provide research and writing support.  You will complete a LiveText assignment in EDCI 8900 by providing your mentor’s teacher certification identification number.  This information will be submitted to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission as part of the requirements for the initial Service7 licensure.

Commencement Ceremonies

Students who successfully complete the program requirements will be eligible to participate in the doctoral hooding ceremony at the College of Education and Human Development Convocation.

Important Information and Policies

The majority of frequently asked questions are answered in the Graduate Catalog:  Specifically Section 1000 and Section 4000, College of Education.  Doctoral students are strongly encouraged to become familiar with this document as it is the guide for a large majority of doctoral work at Georgia State University. Topics include:
  • Academic Discipline
  • Accessiblity
  • Admissions / Admissions Appeal
  • Continuous Enrollment
  • Graduation
  • Transfer Coursework
Other important information can be found throughout the GSU website:

Interim Upgrade

Interim Upgrade to Level 6:  When the Georgia Professional Standards Commission receives a TPMS Program Completion form (and the transcript reflecting the C&I coursework) indicating that an educator has completed a cert-only program in C&I and the educator has passed the GACE C&I assessment, he/she will qualify to add C&I to the certificate. Then the educator could simultaneously qualify for an in-field level 6 based on ABD status which must be verified with an official transcript and a completed Alternative Level Six Form.  The form should be submitted to the Office of Academic Assistance.
That form includes the following requirements:
  1. A minimum of 36 semester hours of coursework required for a level 7 doctoral degree; and
  2. The oral and/or written comprehensive examinations or the institution’s determined equivalent and must have passed the GACE in Curriculum and Instruction.


  • CEHD Scholarships
  • The Hayden-Waltz Doctoral Dissertation Award:  Established by alumni Dr. Melvin Hayden and Dr. Lucy Welzant Hayden to honor their parents, Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Waldo Hayden, Sr. and Mr. & Mrs. Edwin Millart Waltz, this $1,000 award is presented to a doctoral student whose dissertation exhibits originality, clarity and effectiveness in the presentation of ideas, quality writing and contributes to the future scholarly productivity of his or her field. 


Students will need an account with LiveText as Key Assessments must be submitted and assessed via this system.  Purchase your LiveText key code upon admission to the program.