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Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis

College of Education

Qualifying Exams

Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis Qualifying Exams

Important Information


The Qualifying Exam is generally completed during the semester that you take ELPA 7813 (Research Methods). If you have questions about when you should take the Qualifying Exam you should contact your Cohort Advisor or the ELPA 7813 instructor. At the beginning of the semester that you are completing the written portion of the Qualifying Exam you should contact the ELPA Department's administrative assistant, to let her know that you are writing the qualifying exam that semester.

In order to sit for the qualifying exams ELPA students must have completed the following requirements:


       1. Submitted and have approved a residency activities portfolio


       2. Program of Study submitted and approved (signed)


       3. Currently enrolled in a minimum of 3 semester hours


       4. Currently enrolled in or completed ELPA 7813


Successful completion of Qualifying Exams leads to a departmental recommendation of the student for candidacy.


The written and oral portions of the qualifying examination are designed to determine the student's readiness to begin the dissertation phase of the program. Emphasis is placed on the student's ability to apply, synthesize, and evaluate knowledge in the areas of research, educational leadership, and educational foundations. The written portion of the exam is a semester-long project and typically orals are held on a pre-determined dates in the months of January, May, and August.


Students who are not successful on the qualifying exam are provided with a remediation plan, which will assist them in re-submitting or in preparing for a re-examination in a future semester. Students who are unsuccessful in only one area of the exam will be re-examined (in both written and oral formats) in that specific area. Students who are unsuccessful in two or more areas (one or more for post Ed.S. students) must retake the complete examination at a regularly scheduled examination date in a subsequent semester. Failure on any portion of the second administration of the examination will disqualify the student from further participation in the doctoral program.

The qualifying exam for Ed.D. students in the ELPA Department consists of three parts:

You will complete an exercise that is posted on the D2l website that requires you to develop the research method that you plan to use for your dissertation. Complete the Quantitative section if you plan a quantitative dissertation, the Qualitative section if you plan a qualitative dissertation, and both sections if you plan a Mixed-Methods dissertation.

 *Answer all questions completely and post this section as a separate word file to the appropriate Dropbox in the Qualifying Exam D2L site.

This section requires a critique of a journal article. There are two articles posted on D2l. Critique the quantitative journal article if you completed Research I using a Qualitative Method. If you completed Research I using a Quantitative Method critique the qualitative journal article. If you completed both the Qualitative and Qualitative parts of Research I because you are doing a Mixed-Methods dissertation, you may skip this section. Check with your Chair.

 *Number your answers the same as the question numbers in the journal article. Answer all questions completely and post this section as a separate word file to the appropriate Dropbox in the Qualifying Exam D2L site.

This section requires you to analyze a case study. There are two case studies posted on D2l. One for PPSL students and one for SCOL/ADMN students. Select the appropriate case study based on your concentration. Address the issues and answer the corresponding guiding questions by applying relevant information from your course work.  Answer all questions completely and post this section as a separate word file to the appropriate Dropbox in the Qualifying Exam D2L site.

*Double space everything. Place all three files (three separate files) in the same Dropbox (the Dropbox will have your name as the title). 

 

 

 When you submit your final work to the Qualifying Exam D2L Dropbox you should include the guidelines for each section, the journal article, and the case study with the appropriate file. These sections do not counts against the page limits. 

 

The qualifying exams are now on D2l. To access, Log on to D2l, go to ADMN-0005-438 - ELPA Qualifying Exams - ADMN-0005-438, click on content.
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