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2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin

College of Education

Dean: Marcy P. Driscoll; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Amy R. Guerette; Associate Dean for Faculty Development: Robert Eklund; Associate Dean for Research: Robert Reiser

The primary mission of the College of Education is to prepare administrators, teachers, educational researchers, educational policymakers, human services specialists, and other professional personnel for a wide range of educational careers in both public and private settings. In support of this purpose, the faculty of the college is committed to conducting research that contributes to the science of education; to the ongoing assessment and improvement of educational practice; and to the development of theory, policy, and execution of educational practice, both domestic and foreign. In order to accomplish this purpose the college offers master’s, educational specialist, and doctoral degrees.

Florida State University’s College of Education’s conceptual framework is based on a model that engages faculty, professional partners and candidates in a continuing process of preparing educational leaders for a global and diverse society. The University prepares educational leaders to uphold high professional and academic standards, and employs scientific inquiry and assessment as a basis for the continual improvement of student learning. These qualities are developed as candidates study and work within a community of professional partners. The needs and abilities of diverse students are addressed through the use of appropriate instructional strategies and technologies.

The College of Education maintains a wide variety of graduate degree programs in each of its four constituent departments.

Departments and Programs of the College of Education

The College of Education offers graduate degree programs in numerous fields of study. Each field of study allows the student to develop an individualized program of study around a core curriculum in a chosen degree program.

Most master’s level and specialist degree programs require students to take a required core of courses, complete coursework in an area of specialization, and complete a comprehensive examination and/or thesis. Most full-time students require one or two years to complete a master’s degree program. The doctoral degree programs are designed to provide educational experiences that enable students to acquire a thorough understanding of theoretical and methodological foundations of the discipline and related areas of specialization. Upon the completion of core requirements, students take preliminary examinations to certify their mastery of the knowledge base undergirding the practice of the discipline. Students seeking the doctoral degree must demonstrate their capacity to do original, independent, and integrative scholarly research by completing a dissertation.

Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

  • Educational Leadership and Policy
  • Educational Leadership/Administration
  • Education Policy and Evaluation
  • Foundations of Education
  • Sociocultural and International Development Education Studies (SIDES)
  • Social, Historical, and Philosophical Foundations of Education
  • Higher Education
  • Certificate in Educational Leadership - Modified Program
  • Certificate in Institutional Research
  • Certificate in Program Evaluation

Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems

  • Counseling and Human Systems
  • Career Counseling
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • School Psychology
  • Counseling Psychology and Human Systems
  • Combined Program in Counseling Psychology and School Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Learning and Cognition
  • Sports Psychology
  • Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies
  • Measurement and Statistics
  • Certificate in Human Performance Technology
  • Certificate in Online Instructional Development
  • Certificate in Measurement and Statistics

School of Teacher Education

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Elementary Education
  • English Education
  • English Teaching, BS/MS Combined Degree
  • Foreign and Second Language Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Reading Education/Language Arts
  • Science Education
  • Social Science Education
  • Social Science Teaching, BS/MS Combined Degree
  • Special Education
  • Special Education
  • Special Education Studies, M (online/distance-learning)
  • Special Education, BS/MS Combined Degree
  • Visual Disabilities
  • Visual Disabilities, BS/MS Combined Degree
  • Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL)

Department of Sport Management

  • Sport Management
  • Certificate in Coaching

Facilities and Opportunities

The College of Education houses five departmental research and service centers that provide facilities and support for research undertaken by faculty members and students. Departmental research and service centers are the Center for Educational Research in Mathematics, Engineering and Science (CERMES), the Center for the Study of Technology in Counseling and Career Development, the Hardee Center for Leadership and Values, the Center for Postsecondary Success (CPS), and the Center for Sport, Health and Equitable Development. A University-wide center, the Learning Systems Institute, represents an interdisciplinary group of researchers in educational and experimental psychology, communications, policy studies, and management and is the nation’s leading producer of instructional systems design technology for use in a variety of educational settings throughout the world. All of these research arms frequently hire graduate students from the College of Education to assist with state, federal, and international grants and to provide invaluable resources and opportunities for applied educational research.

Admission Standards

Students considered for admission to the college must present a 3.0 upper-division grade point average (GPA) as an undergraduate and a minimum GRE score determined by the department. All applicants to the college must submit an official GRE score to the University as part of the admission process. Individual departments may have additional requirements for admission. Students should consult the appropriate department chapter of this Graduate Bulletin for details.

Graduate Programs and Degree Requirements

The College of Education offers the Master of Arts, Master of Science, Specialist in Education, Doctor of Education, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

Graduate program curricula in the College of Education are governed by University-wide graduate studies regulations. These serve as minimum requirements, but College of Education and/or department requirements may exceed them. The supervisory committee is responsible for evaluating the recency and validity of all prior coursework. Graduate students in Education should become familiar with University, college, and department requirements soon after admission.

The progress of students through degree programs is the personal responsibility of the individual student with appropriate guidance from the major professor and supervisory committee. The Office of Academic Services and Intern Support (OASIS), 2301 Stone Building, monitors students’ degree progress and checks each student’s record for graduation clearance. It is the responsibility of the student to become fully aware of the regulations set forth in this Graduate Bulletin in addition to the policies and procedures of the College of Education as administered by the Office of Academic Services and Intern Support (OASIS).

Master’s Degree Program

  1. Admission as a regular graduate student in a degree program is required.
  2. The major professor should be selected and approved during the first semester of enrollment. The thesis-track master’s degree supervisory committee must consist of a minimum of three members. All members must hold Graduate Faculty Status. Two members, including the major professor, must be from the major in which the student will receive a degree. Course-type master’s degree students must be assigned a major professor who holds Graduate Faculty Status.
  3. The program of study should be submitted to the Office of Academic Services by the end of the second semester after admission. The program of study must include all courses required for the degree, i.e., master’s comprehensive exams and/or thesis defense and thesis hours, if applicable.
    1. A minimum of thirty-two semester hours of graduate credit must be completed with a 3.0 graduate GPA in course-type programs. Twenty-one semester hours of credit in the course-type program must be taken on a letter-grade basis (A, B, C). The department may require students in course-type programs to complete more than thirty-two semester hours.
    2. A minimum of thirty semester hours of graduate credit must be completed with a 3.0 graduate GPA in thesis-type programs. Eighteen semester hours of credit in the thesis-type program must be on a letter-grade basis.
    3. Work taken more than seven years prior to graduation may not be used toward the degree.
    4. Only six hours of graduate transfer credit is applicable toward the degree. No student may be awarded more than twelve hours of combined non-degree student and/or prior-institution graduate transfer credit. This rule means that a student wishing to post six hours of graduate transfer credit, which has not been posted under a previous degree at that institution, can be awarded no more than six hours of non-degree student transfer credit, to reach the aggregate maximum of twelve credit hours.
    5. Students in thesis-type master’s programs must successfully complete a minimum of six thesis hours and be registered for a minimum of two hours of thesis credit in the semester that their degree will be awarded.
  4. Successful completion of a written comprehensive examination for course-type programs, an oral defense for thesis-type programs, or a capstone portfolio defense or capstone course for some course-type programs is a graduation requirement for Education majors. Note that specific exit requirements for any individual program are set by the student’s department; it is the student’s responsibility to familiarize himself/herself with the capstone requirements of that major. Clearance to schedule these examinations must be obtained from the student’s major professor and committee, who in turn notify the Office of Academic Services and Intern Support (2301 Stone Building) of the examination results, in writing, no later than the last week of the semester. Students must have a 3.0 GPA in all graduate coursework to be eligible to apply to graduate through the University Registrar and the department. Students also must have an approved program of study and a supervisory committee/advisor form on file in the Office of Academic Services and Intern Support before graduation clearance will be given. Students lacking these materials will not be cleared for final term degree posting.

Specialist Degree Program

The Specialist in Education degree is essentially an advanced master’s degree. It is traditionally reserved for students with a prior graduate degree in a specific field of education. Requirements vary widely by department or program specialization.

  1. Admission as a regular graduate student in a degree program is required.
  2. The major professor should be selected and approved during the first semester of enrollment. The combined MS/EDS degree and Specialist’s degree thesis-track supervisory committee must consist of a minimum of three members. All members must hold Graduate Faculty status. Two members, including the major professor, must be from the major in which the student will receive a degree. Course-type combined MS/EDS degree and Specialist’s degree program students must be assigned a major professor who holds Graduate Faculty Status.
  3. The program of study should be submitted to the Office of Academic Services and Intern Support (OASIS) by the end of the second semester after admission. The program of study must include all courses required for the degree, i.e., specialist comprehensive exam, capstone course or a capstone portfolio defense, specialist’s thesis hours and specialist thesis defense, if applicable.
    1. A minimum of thirty semester hours of graduate credit must be completed with a 3.0 GPA. Twenty-one semester hours of credit in the course-type program must be taken on a letter-grade basis (A, B, C). Eighteen semester hours of credit in the thesis-type program must be on a letter-grade basis. The department may require students to complete more than thirty semester hours.
    2. Requirements related to extension of transfer credit, residency, recency of work, supervised research and supervised teaching, thesis requirements, and satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) course option are applied to the Specialist in Education degree in the same manner as they are to the master’s degree.
    3. Students in thesis-type MS/EDS combined degree and Specialist’s degree programs must successfully complete a minimum of six thesis hours and be registered for a minimum of two hours of thesis credit in the semester that their degree will be awarded.
  4. Successful completion of a written comprehensive examination for course-type programs, an oral defense for MS/EDS and Specialist’s thesis-type programs, or a capstone course or capstone portfolio defense for some course-type programs is a graduation requirement for Education majors. Note that specific exit requirements for any individual program are set by the student’s department; it is the student’s responsibility to familiarize himself/herself with the capstone requirements of that major. Clearance to schedule these examinations must be obtained from the student’s major professor and committee, who in turn notify the Office of Academic Services and Intern Support (2301 Stone Building) of the examination results, in writing, no later than the last week of the semester. Students must have a 3.0 GPA in all graduate coursework to be eligible to apply to graduate through the University Registrar and the department. Students also must have an approved program of study and a supervisory committee/advisor form on file in the Office of Academic Services and Intern Support before graduation clearance will be given. Students lacking these materials will not be cleared for final term degree posting.

Doctoral Degree Programs

  1. Admission as a regular graduate student in a degree program is required.
  2. The major professor should be selected and approved during the first semester of enrollment. The supervisory committee must consist of a minimum of four members. All four members must hold Graduate Faculty Status. Two members, including the major professor, must be from the program major in which the student will receive a degree. The University representative must be from outside the student’s department and must be tenured.
  3. Students admitted to a doctoral program (Doctor of Education or Doctor of Philosophy degree) must, before the end of the second semester, take a departmentally administered diagnostic/qualifying examination. The diagnostic/qualifying exam is designed to assess the student’s suitability for pursuit of the Doctor of Education or Doctor of Philosophy degree and to facilitate counseling in the development of the student’s program of study.
  4. The program of study should be submitted to the Office of Academic Services and Intern Support (OASIS) by the end of the first academic year after admission. The program of study must include all courses required for the degree, i.e., doctoral preliminary exams, dissertation hours, and dissertation defense. The program must include courses designed to meet the research tool requirements, which include basic inferential statistics and research design skills for pursuing independent inquiry. Students seeking the Doctor of Education or Doctor of Philosophy degree must disclose fulfillment of the University scholarly engagement policy. Students should refer to the academic program-specific doctoral handbook for departmental scholarly engagement requirements.
  5. A written preliminary examination with oral defense of results is required. Clearance to schedule these examinations must be obtained from the student’s major professor and committee, who in turn notify the Office of Academic Services and Intern Support (2301 Stone Building) of the examination results, in writing, no later than the last week of the semester. Students must have a 3.0 GPA in all graduate coursework to be eligible to register through the University Registrar and the department.
  6. In order to be considered ‘complete’ for final degree clearance, a doctoral student must have the following documents on file with the Office of Academic Services and Intern Support and meet the following requirements:
    1. An accurate program of study form, complete with signatures of all committee members and the department chair.
    2. Departmental qualifying/diagnostic examination results.
    3. A supervisory committee form on file in the Office of Academic Services and Intern Support before graduation clearance will be given.
    4. Doctoral preliminary examination results and a copy of the Admission to Candidacy Form. Note that successful completion of the doctoral preliminary exam is a requirement for admission to doctoral candidacy. The results of the preliminary examination and an approved admission to candidacy form must be submitted to the Office of Academic Services and Intern Support upon successful completion of the preliminary exam, no later than the final week of the semester. Students wishing to have DIS credits converted to dissertation hours retroactively upon passing the preliminary exam must have taken and passed the test prior to the end of the seventh week of the semester (prorated in the Summer term) or DIS credits cannot be converted. Under no circumstance will a retroactive conversion of more than nine credits be approved. Dissertation credits may not be taken until the student is formally admitted to candidacy.
  7. A Prospectus Clearance Form signed by the supervisory committee, department chair, and academic dean; a prospectus title page; and an electronic copy (PDF) of the prospectus. A prospectus of the dissertation must be submitted to the department chair after passing the preliminary examination. The Prospectus Clearance Form must be approved by the Academic Dean at least four months prior to the defense of the dissertation.
    1. An Institutional Review Board (IRB) Human Subjects Committee Approval Verification Form
    2. The Manuscript Signature Form signed by the major professor, all committee members, the department chair, and approved by the Academic Dean. All committee members and the student must attend the entire defense in real time, either by being present or participating via distance technology. If exceptional emergency circumstances, e.g. medical or other emergency situations, prevent the participation of a committee member, then it may be necessary to arrange for an additional appropriately qualified colleague to attend the defense. A minimum of four members with Graduate Faculty Status must participate. A grade of PASS for the defense of dissertation requires at least a majority approval of the committee.
    3. Students must register for a minimum of two hours of dissertation credit in each semester that work is in progress on the dissertation. This includes the Summer term. Successful completion of a minimum of twenty-four hours of dissertation credit must be included in the degree program.
  8. The Final Degree Clearance Form signed by the major professor and department chair and approved by the Academic Dean.
  9. Students must register for a minimum of two semester hours of dissertation credit in the semester their degree will be awarded.
  10. Students must register for dissertation defense in the term in which the requirement is completed.
  11. A student must be admitted to candidacy at least six months prior to the granting of the degree. The purpose of this requirement is to ensure a minimal lapse of time for effective work on the dissertation after acquisition of the basic competence and after delineation of the problem and method of attack.
  12. Students lacking these materials and requirements will not be cleared for final term degree posting.

Office of Academic Services and Intern Support (OASIS)

Co-Directors: George Green, Undergraduate Services; Lisa Beverly, Graduate Services

The Office of Academic Services and Intern Support (OASIS) provides a wide array of professional and administrative services to students and faculty in the college and throughout the University. Under the direction of the Associate Dean, OASIS is responsible for: 1) providing centralized academic advisement for Basic Division students interested in majoring in education, 2) collecting and processing applications for admission and readmission to the College of Education, 3) maintaining the Dean’s academic records for all students formally admitted to COE programs, 4) monitoring students’ progress toward the degree, 5) collecting and processing applications for admission to educator preparation, 6) conducting graduation checks and clearing students for teacher certification and 7) providing other consultative and administrative services for the students and faculty in the College.

Student Teaching Coordinator: Patrick Malone

The Office of Academic Services and Intern Support (OASIS) is responsible for the assignment of students to student teaching experiences. The office works with Educator Preparation programs in the University and the public schools of Florida in the organization of student teaching centers and the selection of professional educators for intern supervision. Faculty members work with these supervising teachers and student teachers in planning and carrying out the final-term internship. The Office of Academic Services and Intern Support, 2301 Stone Building, is responsible for the final identification and screening of all students who make application for student teaching.

Students are assigned for the student teaching experience as space, contract obligations, and the availability of a suitable supervising teacher dictate. Academic programs may, at their discretion, establish a minimum group size of two or greater and restrict placement to particular counties among those identified. Student teaching assignments are subject to availability and district and school or agency acceptance of the student teacher. Therefore, student teacher assignments are not guaranteed. Also, note that final term placement is conditional on successful completion of all relevant program requirements, including passage of all required sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE), and acceptance by an approved school district or agency. Candidates should plan to sit for the Subject Area and Professional Educator portions of the FTCE no later than thirty days prior to making application for student teaching to allow time for receipt of official score reports from the test administrator.

Applications for Student Teaching must be submitted to the Office of Academic Services and Intern Support (2301 Stone Bldg.) on the following timetable:

  • For Spring semester placement, submit application no later than the deadline set by the OASIS Student Teaching Coordinator. Suite 2301 Stone Bldg.
  • For Fall semester placement, submit application no later than the deadline set by the OASIS Student Teaching Coordinator. Suite 2301 Stone Bldg.

Applicants are specifically not guaranteed assignment to their home county nor to the immediate and general vicinity of the campus. Submission of an application by a candidate constitutes an agreement to accept assignment in the school and county where it is determined that the candidate’s academic program objectives for student teaching can best be achieved.

A candidate is expected to meet professional standards as expressed in the pertinent school laws of the State of Florida. Candidates are also informed that, consistent with applicable law, information pertaining to all matters of public record, such as arrest and/or convictions in a court of law, may be routinely furnished to public schools as well as prospective employers.

For more information, visit http://education.fsu.edu/student-resources/student-academic-services-oasis/student-teaching.

Planning Guide to Educator Preparation Programs

Inventory of State-Approved Programs

The following College of Education graduate programs have been approved by the Florida Department of Education (DOE) as Initial Certification Educator Preparation Programs:

  • Elementary Education (grades K-6) with an ESOL and Reading endorsement
  • English Teaching (grades 6-12) with an ESOL endorsement
  • Special Education Teaching (grades K-12) with an ESOL, Autism and Reading endorsement
  • School Psychology (grades P-12)
  • Visual Disabilities (grades K-12)
  • Social Science Teaching (grades 6-12)
  • Educational Leadership/Administration

The following graduate programs have been approved by the DOE as Initial Certification Educator Preparation Programs; they are listed with the name of the Florida State University College in which they are located:

  • Art Education (grades K–12), College of Fine Arts
  • Applied Geosciences/FSU Teach (grades 6-12), College of Arts and Sciences
  • Biology/FSU Teach/ (grades 6-12), College of Arts and Sciences
  • Chemical Science/FSU Teach (grades 6-12), College of Arts and Sciences
  • Environmental Science/FSU Teach (grades 6-12), College of Arts and Sciences
  • Mathematics/FSU Teach (grades 6-12), College of Arts and Sciences
  • Physical Science/FSU Teach (grades 6-12), College of Arts and Sciences

Continuation and Graduation Requirements of an Educator Preparation Program

Students must meet the following requirements to continue and graduate from an Educator Preparation program:

  1. Maintain an overall graduate GPA of 3.0 or above in all coursework (some programs may require a higher GPA);
  2. Complete standards and specific coursework requirements set by the program;
  3. Meet all University graduation requirements, including requirements mentioned in this Bulletin under ‘Planning Guide to Educator Preparation Programs’;
  4. Achieve a passing score on each of the General Knowledge Test, the Professional Education Skills Test, and Subject Area Test on the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE) prior to completion of program requirements;
  5. Successfully complete the student teaching experience;
  6. Receive verification from the appropriate academic program of successful demonstration of the Educator Accomplished Practices at the pre-professional level, which includes the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to help all students learn; and
  7. Obtain final approval of the appropriate academic program and the Office of Academic Services and Intern Support.

These requirements are distinct from program completion/graduation requirements.

Professional Behaviors and Dispositions

While enrolled in educator preparation programs, the student is expected to demonstrate positive behaviors and dispositions that conform to the “Code of Ethics” (State Board of Education Rule 6B-1.00 FAC) and the “Principles of Professional Conduct in Florida” (State Board of Education Rule 6B-1.006 FAC). The programs reserve the right to refuse or discontinue enrollment of any student who violates these expectations or in the judgment of a majority of the program faculty does not meet the program standards. Information on professional behaviors and dispositions can be found on the Educator Preparation website: http://education.fsu.edu/student-resources/student-academic-services-oasis/educator-preparation.

Criteria for Admission to Student Teaching

The following criteria must be fulfilled prior to placement for student teaching:

  1. Admission to Teacher Education outlined above under ‘Criteria for Admission to an Educator Preparation Program;
  2. Completion of at least one semester in residence at Florida State University;
  3. Successful completion of all program requirements prior to the student teaching semester;
  4. Successful completion of Subject Area specialization and Professional Education coursework outlined under ‘Clinical Experience’;
  5. Completion of departmental requirements in computer literacy;
  6. An overall GPA of 3.0 in all graduate program coursework (a higher GPA may be required by some academic programs for particular core courses); and
  7. Successful completion of pre-internship clinical experience requirements as set by the program or the University.