May 19, 2019
The Social Science Education track in the Education PhD program is designed to prepare social science educators for successful careers in research and teaching.
The program assists students in providing options to careers in preparing social science teachers, teaching post-secondary social science (history, political science, economics, etc.), and conducting research activities in social science education. Doctoral students in the track engage in research activities with an interdisciplinary faculty, experience internships, and interact with various social science educators and social science experts. Throughout this program, students are mentored by experienced and successful university social science education faculty. Based on the students’ previous graduate course work, students may be required to complete additional graduate social science education (SSE) courses and/or graduate content courses beyond the minimum requirements.
The Social Science Education track in the Education PhD program requires a minimum of 69 credit hours beyond the master’s degree. Students must complete 24 credit hours of core courses, 18 credit hours of specialization courses, 3 credit hours of internship, and 24 credit hours of dissertation. All students must also complete the candidacy examination.
Total Credit Hours Required: 69 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master’s Degree
Required Courses: 42 Credit Hours
Specialization: 18 Credit Hours
Dissertation: 24 Credit Hours
Doctoral students must present a prospectus for the dissertation to the doctoral adviser, prepare a proposal and present it to the dissertation committee, and defend the final research submission with the dissertation committee.
- SSE 7980 - Dissertation Research 24 Credit Hours minimum
Internship: 3 Credit Hours
To enter candidacy for the PhD, students must have an overall 3.0 GPA on all graduate work included in the planned program and pass all required examinations. Examinations will be scheduled by the student and major adviser. The associate dean for graduate studies and research must be notified of the date and location of the exam 30 days in advance. Students must be enrolled in the university during the semester an examination is taken.
The following are required to be admitted to candidacy and enroll in dissertation hours:
- Completion of all course work, except for dissertation hours.
- Successful completion of the candidacy examination.
- Successful defense of the written dissertation proposal.
- The dissertation advisory committee is formed, consisting of approved graduate faculty and graduate faculty scholars.
- Submission of an approved program of study.
All PhD candidates will be required to complete two examinations.
Please note there may be variations in length of exam time and content based upon the respective requirements of each track.
- Research in the Specialization—8-hour written examination.
- Specialization—3-hour oral examination.
The dissertation fulfills the independent learning requirement.
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements , applicants to this program must provide:
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
- A master’s degree in a closely related field.
- Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Goal statement / letter of intent.
- Resumé / vita reflecting relevant experience.
- Writing sample.
Eligibility for admission to a doctoral program should be limited to superior students who have demonstrated intellectual ability, high achievement, and adequate preparation for advanced study and research in a chosen field.
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|*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.
Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.