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Candidacy Exams (Ed.D./Ph.D.)

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Ed.D. Schedule for Core and Cognate Examination In-person Format

Dates

Upcoming Ed.D. exam dates are:

  • Core & Cognate - Saturday, December 7, 2013
  • Research & Statistics - take home November 25-December 9, 2013

Register

Send an e-mail to Kenyetta Veal (kenyvea@regent.edu) at the beginning of the term in which you plan to take the exam.

Location

Regent University, Communication Building Computer Lab (Room 154,1st floor)

(see campus map)

 

  • 8:15-10:15 am   Core Question: 4 questions to select from (one from each of your core classes 701, 703, 705 & 707). You will choose one to answer.
  • 10:15-10:30 am   Break
  • 10:30-12:30 am   Cognate Question

During the Exam

During the exam, you may have blank paper, which will be provided by SOE, a Bible and a dictionary (no other books or notes are allowed). At the end of the exam, any notes that you wrote will remain with the exam proctor. You may not use the internet or print any documents.

Ed.D. Research/Statistics Question

  1. A 2-week take home, unproctored, open book format.
  2. The question will be distributed by e-mail with a confirmation of receipt required on the first day of 2-week test window.
  3. Students will be required to sign a statement certifying that their work on the research/stats comp question is their own and that they received no help from other individuals.
  4. The research and statistics section of the Ed.D. candidacy exam will test the student’s ability to use information from two courses, EFND 702 Research Design and Analysis and EFND 722 Educational Statistics, to (a) evaluate a research situation, (b) analyze and interpret data, and (c) discuss research results in light of extant literature. Students should pay particular attention in fostering an ability to identify the appropriate statistical test for a given research purpose and/or question and the ability to perform the test (i.e., use SPSS to analyze data) and interpret the results (use SPSS). Students will be expected to discuss the implications of their analyses in conjunction with literature read from other areas in the preparation of a logical response to posed questions. Your discussion (part C of the research/stats question) must be at least five pages and include a minimum of 10 references (APA adherence required).
  5. The take home R/S Comp Question will be graded independently by two evaluators on a pass/no pass basis; a third evaluator will be called upon as a tie-breaker.
  • All sections must be passed before the student is admitted to candidacy, which is required to register for dissertation credit hours. Any section of the exam not passed may be retaken only once and usually at the next administration date; note that the foundations core course chosen for the initial examination will be the foundations core course used for the retake.

 

 Ph.D. Schedule for Candidacy Examination In-person

Dates

Upcoming Ph.D. exam dates are:

  • Research & Statistics Question - Friday, December 6, 2013, 9:00AM - 12:00N
  • Core Question - Friday, December 6, 2013, 12:30PM - 3:30PM
  • Cognate Question - Saturday, December 7, 2013, 10:30AM - 2:30PM

Location

  • Friday, December 6, 2013 - Regent University, Classroom Building Computer Lab (Room 239, 2nd floor)
  • Saturday, December 7, 2013, Regent University, Communication Building Computer Lab (Room 154,1st floor)

(see campus map)

  • For the Ph.D. program, all candidacy questions are an in-person format usually in the summer of the last semester of coursework.  
  • The cognate section is four hours—written and/or oral exam at the discretion of the cognate faculty—whereas the foundations core and R/S are three hours each.
  • All three Ph.D. candidacy questions are closed book.   
  • Students do not choose their R/S or cognate questions. However, students may select which core course area to focus upon in preparation for the Candidacy Examination from the four core foundation courses (4 questions to select from; one from each of your core classes 701, 703, 705 & 707). You will choose one to answer.

All sections must be passed before the student is admitted to candidacy, which is required to register for dissertation credit hours. Any section of the exam not passed may be retaken only once and usually at the next administration date; note that the foundations core course chosen for the initial examination will be the foundations core course used for the retake.

 

Ph.D. Research and Statistics Candidacy Question

  • The R/S section of the PhD candidacy exam will test the student’s ability to use information from courses EFND 702 Research Design and Analysis, EFND 722 Educational Statistics, EDCO 802 Analysis of Variance, EDCO 803 Regression & Correlation, EDCO 804 Structure & Reliability Analysis, and EHEA 805 Advanced Research Design and Analysis to (a) evaluate a research situation, (b) analyze and interpret data, and (c) discuss research results in light of extant literature.
  • Students should pay particular attention in fostering an ability to identify the appropriate statistical test—typically multivariate—for a given research purpose and/or question and the ability to perform the test (i.e., use SPSS to analyze data) and interpret the results (use SPSS). Students will be expected to discuss the implications of their analyses in conjunction with literature read from other areas in the preparation of a logical response to posed questions.

 

Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation must contact the Office of Student Services and make a formal request. Staff from the Office of Student Services will evaluate the request and make a formal recommendation to the School of Education.

Exam Results

The review committee will evaluate your responses and notify you of the results within 2 to 3 weeks. Students passing all questions may begin formal work on the dissertation. Students not passing all questions may retake the missed questions at a subsequent regularly scheduled candidacy exam session. Students have two opportunities to pass the Candidacy Exams. Students who do not pass the exams in one or two attempts must end their studies in the Ed.D. /Ph.D. program at this point.

Important Info:

  • If you do not know your Regent log-in and your Blackboard log- in, please contact Computer Services at 757-352-4076 for this information. 
  • Please use your student number in your document, instead of your name (student number will be given to you the day of comps)
  • You may not leave the room for any reason while taking the exam (you can leave the room for the assigned breaks)

ITunesU Info: 

The EdD research workshop to support students preparing for the

research/statistics question of the Ed.D. candidacy exam is now available

online in iTunesU.

To access this content, students must have iTunes installed on their computer

(either Macintosh or Windows-based computer) and have Internet access

(preferably broad-band access). The following steps are required:

  • Launch your Web browser.
  • Navigate to the Regent University Home Page.
  • Access myRegent Portal from the Quick Menu.
  • Enter your myRegent ID and password.
  • Click on the iTunesU icon near the top of the page (the icon of a CD and musical notes). If you are again requested to enter an ID and password use your myRegent ID and password.
  • Once iTunes software launches, the Regent University area of iTunesU will appear.
  • Under Academic Programs, click on the School of Education icon.
  • Click on the EdD Research Workshop icon.
  • Download each of the five files (four audio podcasts and one Adobe Acrobat file with accompanying slides) to your iTunes library by clicking on the "get" icon in the Price column (there is no cost).
  • Once downloaded to your iTunes library, you may play the files on your computer or transfer the podcasts to another device, such as an iPod or iPhone.

 

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