Program Requirements

Annual Evaluation

Each student's progress will be evaluated annually by the Faculty. As a result of that evaluation, students may be continued in the program, continued on probation, or dismissed from the program.

For Master's Candidates

The MA program is primarily for students who will continue on through the Ph.D. program. However, it may be used as a terminal degree, and may satisfy academic requirements for permanent teaching certification (but not professional teacher certification) in New York State. The program of study leading to the MA degree in educational psychology requires approximately 2 to 3 semesters of full-time study plus a summer, or an equivalent amount of part-time study. A minimum of 30 credit hours are required for the MA degree.

The final requirement (2-3 credits of CEP 701) is a thesis, an original empirical study approved by the advisor and at least one other faculty member.

The student should meet with his/her advisor early in the program and at least once a semester to select electives and plan a specific program of study, which must be submitted to the program faculty and then the CSEP Department for approval. Upon approval, the Department will file an Application to Candidacy with the Divisional Committee of the Graduate School.

For Ph.D. Candidates

Research Qualifying Paper

When students have completed all or nearly all of the courses and seminars included in the Application to Candidacy, they complete a Research Qualifying Paper (QP), for which they must register for one-semester for three credits of Independent Project. This one-semester activity satisfies the Preliminary Examination required of all Ph.D. programs by the Graduate School of the University.

In a brief proposal (5-10 pages) the student states the problems and scope of the literature to be reviewed. This proposal will be submitted to a Committee, chaired by the student's advisor and including two other faculty members, at least one of whom must be from the CEP Department. Students will also present their proposal to a meeting of the committee. When the committee approves the topic, they also contract for a submission date approximately four months after the proposal defense, and attest to that by signing Student Form #5. Students may petition for a one-time extension of the deadline.

The paper itself is a critical analysis and synthesis of a specific body of empirical and/or theoretical literature, modeled after publications in the Review of Educational Research, School Psychology Review, or Psychological Bulletin.

Faculty will not read drafts of the QP: once students begin the paper, their writing must be their own. However, they may discuss any content or conceptual issues with the faculty. The student's completed paper is independently evaluated by the committee members, following which a Defense of the QP will be publicly scheduled by the Department Chair. Following the public defense, the committee will meet in executive session and among other feedback, they may provide to the candidate, will vote Pass or Fail.

If Passes are awarded by at least two committee members the student will have completed the examination and be eligible for Advancement to Candidacy for the Ph.D.

Advancement to Candidacy

When the student has passed the QP, he/she must prepare a Dissertation Proposal and arrange for a dissertation committee of at least three members. At the request of the advisor, the Chair shall schedule an Oral Examination on the proposal. GSE faculty and students shall be informed of this exam and shall be entitled to participate in it. A unanimous vote of the dissertation committee is required for a Pass. When the committee has approved the proposal, the Dissertation Proposal Abstract Form must be filed with the Graduate Degrees committee.

When the dissertation has been completed, the Department Chair will schedule and publicize a Defense of the Dissertation. After the defense, and over the signatures of all dissertation committee members, the Chair shall recommend to the Graduate School, the awarding of the Ph.D. in Educational Psychology.