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Social and Cultural Studies in Education

Social & Cultural Studies in Education Program at KU


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College Teaching Experience

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Comprehensive Examinations

Students are eligible for comprehensive examinations following successful completion of coursework. Upon successful completion of comprehensive exams, focused dissertation work begins. Each SCSE doctoral student will be assigned an initial major advisor. Within a year each student will identify an advisory committee comprised of a major advisor, two additional department faculty members and a faculty member representing the minor area. This committee will administer the student's comprehensive examination upon completion of coursework, per School of Education and Graduate Studies rules regarding such examinations. Comprehensive examinations in SCSE will focus on the fields of study that the student's program of study has emphasized. Students will be questioned on these areas in their programs and in the cognate area. The written portion of the comprehensive exam should be completed within one week's time. The oral exam is to be held within a month of successful completion of the written exam. 


Upon successful completion of the comprehensive examination, the student enters candidacy for the Ph.D. degree. School of Education and Graduate Studies rules regarding the dissertation proposal, the dissertation committee, preparation of the dissertation, and the dissertation defense are observed in the SCSE concentration. The student's dissertation committee will include the major advisor and at least two other faculty members from the ELPS Department, in addition to a faculty member representing the cognate. 

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Graduate Teaching Assistantship

Graduate Teaching Assistant(s) needed to teach the following:

  • ELPS 301. Educational Technology in Elementary-Middle Education. 3 Hours.
  • ELPS 302. Educational Technology in Middle/Secondary Education. 3 Hours.
  • ELPS 250. Education and Society. 3 Hours. AE41/AE51.

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