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Career and Technical Education - PhD

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College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

Department of Applied Sciences, Technology and Education


The Applied Sciences, Technology and Education (ASTE) faculty welcome a diverse group of students seeking to improve education. The PhD program prepares candidates for academic careers in formal and nonformal settings that demand research expertise and an understanding of the theoretical foundations. Accepted applicants will work collaboratively with faculty and other students to increase their research, program development, and teaching abilities.

Graduate Programs

Graduate Program Director (GPD)

Debra Spielmaker
ASTE Room 101b

Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC)

Marci Chidester

Admission Requirements

Application documents are submitted to the School of Graduate Studies. Students are admitted each year for a fall start. The required documentation for the application package is noted on the ASTE Graduate Admission and Application webpage, To be eligible for this degree, students must have completed or be working on a “thesis required” master’s degree in an area related to career and technical education, and have been involved in formal or nonformal education for a minimum of two years.

Admission Deadline

Applications are due May 1.

Planned Program

To complete a doctorate degree, a minimum of 60 total credits is required for students with a master’s degree, and a minimum of 90 total credits is required for students without a master’s degree. Additional requirements include:

  1. Completing the required coursework and electives as approved by the student’s supervisory committee.
  2. Passing a written and oral preliminary examination after completing 36 credits in the program. This exam must be satisfactorily completed before the student advances to candidacy. Advancement to candidacy also requires an approved dissertation proposal.
  3. Completing and satisfactorily defending a doctoral research study directed and judged by a supervisory committee of faculty.
  4. Completing the CTE PhD Professional Residency Requirements.

Program expectations and coursework requirements can be found on the ASTE department webpage.

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