SCHOOL OF EDUCATION & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT – GRADUATE
www.education.miami.edu

DEPARTMENTS

 Educational and Psychological Studies (EPS)
 Kinesiology and Sport Sciences (KIN)
 Teaching and Learning (TAL)

DEGREE PROGRAMS

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION (M.S.Ed)
The requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Education are described in a separate section.

SPECIALIST IN EDUCATION (Ed.S)
The requirements for the degree of Specialist in Education are described in a separate section.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN EDUCATION (Ph.D)
The Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in education is designed to develop personnel competent to conduct research in a particular field of education or behavioral sciences.

Concentrations are offered in:
• exercise physiology (KIN),
• counseling psychology (EPS),
• language and literacy learning in multilingual settings (TAL),
• science, technology, engineering and mathematics (TAL),
• special education (TAL), and
• research, measurement, and evaluation (EPS).

DOCTOR OF EDUCATION (Ed.D)
The Doctor of Education degree is designed to develop personnel in education competent to utilize the results of research in practical situations.

Concentration is offered in:
• higher education leadership (EPS)

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION (M.S.Ed)

Admission to the Master of Science in Education is based on the following:

a. acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) taken within the past five years. International applicants whose native language is not English must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the GRE. Teachers with at least three years full-time teaching experience may apply for a GRE waiver. If a GRE waiver is sought, a 3-page essay on an important educational topic is also required.

b. completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution;

c. acceptable undergraduate grade point average;

d. three letters of recommendation;

e. an interview (required by some programs);

f. personal characteristics relevant to the profession;

g. teachers who apply for a GRE waiver must submit a 3-page essay on an   important topic in education.

Students must select a major from the areas offered. A School of Education and Human Development faculty advisor in the student’s major will be appointed to meet with the student to design a Program of Study/Course Sequence Plan. The Program of Study/Course Sequence Plan must be on file in the Senior Associate Dean’s Office by the end of the first semester of study or future registration will not be permitted.

All students are required to submit a signed Student Responsibility Checklist and the Graduate Student Honor Code by the end of their first semester of enrollment.

SPECIALIST IN EDUCATION (Ed.S)

Admission to the Specialist in Education is based on the recommendation of the faculty of the School of Education and Human Development. Among the factors to be considered are the following:

a. completion of a master’s degree with an outstanding record from an   accredited institution;

b. adequacy of previous study in the field of education;

c. an appropriate period of successful teaching experience (TAL only);

d. acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or approval of a GRE waiver. If a GRE waiver is sought, a 3-page essay on an important educational topic is also required.

e. programs may require an interview.

f. submission of signed Student Responsibility Checklist and the Graduate Student Honor Code. These documents must be submitted to the Office of the Senior Associate Dean by the end of the student’s first semester of enrollment.

The Specialist in Education is a graduate degree requiring a minimum of 30 credit hours beyond a Master’s degree.

Applications for admission to the program are filed directly with the Graduate Admissions Office in the School of Education and Human Development. Further information may be secured by addressing the Department Chair of the specific program.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (Ph.D)

Consideration for admission to the PhD program will be based on the following factors:

a. acceptable Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores taken within the past five years; international applicants whose native language is not English must pass the Test of English for Foreign Languages (TOEFL);

b. professional experience relevant to degree program;

c. undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better (on a four point scale);

d. three letters of recommendation that address the applicant’s academic potential;

e. available student space in program;

f. admissions interview (optional for each program);

g. personal characteristics relevant to the profession;

h. For TAL: availability of faculty advisor willing to mentor the student.

i. For EPS, Counseling Ph.D.: Applications for doctoral study are due by December 10. Doctoral applications are reviewed once each year.
DOCTOR OF EDUCATION (Ed.D)

Consideration for admission to the doctoral program will be based on the following factors:

a. acceptable Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores taken within the past five years; international applicants whose native language is not English must pass the Test of English for Foreign Languages (TOEFL);

b. professional experience relevant to degree program;

c. undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better (on a four point
scale): 
 
d. three letters of recommendation that address the applicant’s academic potential;

e. available student space in program;

f. admissions interview;

g. personal characteristics relevant to the profession;

DEPOSIT

Upon being admitted into any graduate program in the School of Education and Human Development, an applicant must verify her or his intention to attend through the MyUM system. In addition, the incoming student must submit a non-refundable deposit of $75. The deposit will be applied to the student’s tuition upon enrollment.


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

The following policies apply to all graduate programs in the School of Education and Human Development.

The School of Education and Human Development provides many forms of financial assistance for students enrolled in its graduate programs. These include tuition discounts, scholarships (including federally funded scholarships), tuition waivers, training fellowships, and other forms of help. Financial assistance is to be used only for enrollment in courses that define each student’s program. Students who are found to have enrolled in courses outside of their programs of study will be charged full tuition for those courses.

Teacher Tuition Discounts do not apply to PhD programs.

Financial assistance may not be applied to retaking of courses.

Financial assistance whose sources are outside of the School of Education and Human Development, for example Federal loans provided by the University of Miami, shall be governed by all applicable rules, regulations and policies. Specifically, many federal loans and grants have conditions limiting the programs and/or courses to which they may be applied. Some federal loans are restricted to graduate courses only; some fellowships, grants or traineeships may entail post-graduation employment commitments. Alternatively, private scholarships or fellowships may have their own conditions. Please be sure to ask about and to fully understand the conditions which govern whatever type of financial assistance you are offered.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the formal academic requirements, the School of Education and Human Development requires its students to demonstrate personal qualities that, in the judgment of the faculty, would permit them to function effectively in their professional roles. The School of Education and Human Development reserves the right to dismiss any student who is academically or personally unwilling or unable to carry out the professional responsibilities of the respective professions for which he/she is being trained. Conduct which may be considered unprofessional may include, but is not limited to, research or professional misconduct, dishonesty, cheating, plagiarism, sexual harassment, discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation, and inappropriate interpersonal behavior. It is up to all students to fulfill their responsibilities in a timely and professional manner, to represent themselves and the University with honesty, and to treat others with dignity and respect.

Students are required to maintain enrollment of at least one credit hour on a continuous basis during all fall and spring semesters until such time as they fulfill their graduate degree requirements. Note: Failure to do so may result in additional fees and/or inability to continue the program.

Also, students are required to be enrolled in the semester they graduate.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION (M.S.Ed)

1. Students must pass a comprehensive written examination, portfolio (with an oral examination as a possible additional requirement), capstone course, project, thesis, or requirement specified by the program. When a thesis is chosen (in the KIN Dept. or EPS Dept.), a maximum of six credits may be counted toward the total degree requirements, and an oral examination in defense of the thesis will be required.

2. Students must complete a minimum of thirty credits at the graduate level with an average of B and no grade lower than C-. Course substitutions will not apply toward graduation without the written approval of the chairperson of the Department and the Senior Associate Dean. Students are required to have Department and Senior Associate Dean’s approval prior to taking a course at another university.

3. Students enrolled in any Florida Department of Education approved program must fulfill any and all additional requirements (e.g., passing state teacher tests) specified by the program approval.

4. Students in counseling must complete the required “Personal Growth Experience” form.

All work towards the Master’s degree must be completed within six years of initial enrollment.

SPECIALIST IN EDUCATION (Ed.S)

The Specialist in Education is a degree independent of the Doctor of Philosophy in Education. Although there is normally some overlap in coursework, admission to a specialist program does not imply admission to a doctoral program.

1. A supervisory committee consisting of three faculty members in the student’s area of study will be appointed by the School of Education and Human Development.

2. Upon admission to the specialist program, a formal program of study is approved by the Supervisory Committee that consists of 3 faculty members.

3. A minimum of 60 graduate credits, (or 30 credits after completion of the Master’s program) is required. The program must include at least 30 graduate credits earned at the University of Miami and at least 18 graduate credits earned following admission to the specialist program. The specialist program of study is developed in consultation with the Supervisory Committee that consists of 3 faculty members (a chairperson and 2 other members).

4. A written examination, portfolio, or capstone project will be required. The written comprehensive examination will cover the student’s program of study. The examination must be taken during or after the final semester in which the student is enrolled for coursework in the program. The project will be directed by the Chairperson of the Specialist Supervisory Committee.

5. All specialist students must engage in teaching and/or research appropriate to their degree program.
All work for the degree of Specialist in Education must be completed within six years of initial enrollment.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN EDUCATION (Ph.D)

Upon admission to graduate study, a supervisory committee, consisting of four members (composed as per UM Graduate School regulations), will be appointed by the School of Education and Human Development.

1. The student will meet with the chairperson of this committee to design a Program of Study/Residency Plan.

2. The Program of Study/Residency Plan must be approved by the supervisory committee, the department chairperson, and the Senior Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in the School of Education and Human Development.

3. The Program of Study/Residency Plan must be filed with both the Graduate School and the School of Education and Human Development by the end of the second semester of enrollment or future registration will not be permitted.

All students are required to submit a signed Student Responsibility Checklist and the Graduate Student Honor Code by the end of their first semester of enrollment.

The residence requirement is two full-time consecutive semesters of course work at the University of Miami.

The minimum total credits required beyond the Bachelor’s are 60, plus a minimum of 12 dissertation credits.

Fifteen credit hours of statistics and research methods are required as prescribed by the supervisory committee.

Students are required to complete all Ph. D requirements within 8 years of initial enrollment.

DOCTOR OF EDUCATION (Ed.D)
Upon admission to graduate study, a supervisory committee, consisting of three members, will be appointed by the School of Education and Human Development.

1. The student will meet with the chairperson of this committee to design a Program of Study/Residency Plan.

2. The Program of Study/Residency Plan must be approved by the supervisory committee, the department chairperson, and the Senior Associate Dean of Academic Studies in the School of Education and Human Development.

3. The Program of Study/Residency Plan must be filed with both the Graduate School and the School of Education and Human Development by the end of the second semester of enrollment or future registration will not be permitted.

All students are required to submit a signed Student Responsibility Checklist and the Graduate Student Honor Code by the end of their first semester of enrollment.

The minimum total credits required beyond the bachelors are 60, including a minimum of 12 dissertation credits.

A supporting area consisting of at least 12 credits is required; the student must be qualified for admission to graduate status in this area, and receive approval for enrollment from the appropriate department and from the School of Education and Human Development.

A minimum of twelve credit hours of statistics and research methods are required as prescribed by the supervisory committee.

Students are required to complete all Ed. D requirements within 8 years of initial enrollment.