PHD in SCIENCE EDUCATION
Order of Operations
All deviations from this order must be approved by the faculty advisor, and sometimes by the doctoral committee, and sometimes by the Dean of the Graduate School.
1. Take classes as advised by your advisor. Check with your advisor before registering for classes each semester. The general checklist should be followed. http://auscied.weebly.com/uploads/7/7/3/8/77380018/phd_worksheet.docx This typically takes 2 years, depending on what transfers in from your master’s degree. Some recommended grad science classes are: Good Grad Sci Classes
2. Get involved in research. If you are not on a research fellowship, and you want to gain research experience, and possibly contribute to presentations and publications, you must get involved in your own or your advisor’s research. It is strongly suggested that before you conduct your own dissertation research that you participate in your advisor’s research. You will have to take the CITI tests, and be added to an IRB, but that is all part of the research process. Go to conferences. See research presented. Participate in presenting your advisor’s research.
3. Find three faculty members to serve with your advisor on your doctoral committee. Consult with your advisor about the selection of these committee members, and about how to graciously ask a professor to be on your committee. These members will write your comprehensive exam and determine whether or not you pass your written and oral exam, determine whether or not you successfully defend your dissertation proposal, and determine whether or not you successfully write your dissertation and defend it. Choose faculty members with expertise in your areas of research.
4. Use DegreeWorks to create a Plan of Study (POS). After Step 3, submit your POS, following these instructions, http://graduate.auburn.edu/current-students/degreeworks-plan-of-study/ and get it approved by your committee. This process is complete when your advisor alerts the graduate school that the plan is approved. This must be done before you take your comprehensive exam (Step 7).
More instructions here.
IF YOU CHANGE YOUR PLAN OF STUDY
Fill out this form and follow the instructions: http://graduate.auburn.edu/wp-content/uploads/files/forms/revision_existing_plan_%20of_study.pdf
5. Pick a topic of research and create some tentative research questions. Begin reading and reviewing everything you find related to your topic. You can use this format to review research related to your topic: http://auscied.weebly.com/uploads/7/7/3/8/77380018/review_of_literature_guide.docx Organize everything you read and review into an annotated bibliography, and work on writing your literature review and revising your research questions. You can work on this when you take CTSE 7510. Check out some AU dissertations: https://etd.auburn.edu/
6. Finish your coursework. While you are in your last semester of coursework, coordinate your comprehensive and oral examinations with your committee. You must take your comprehensive and oral exams within six months following the completion of coursework. If you are on a tight timeline, you can arrange to take your exams during your last semester of coursework with committee approval.
7. Take your comprehensive and oral exams. When you have a date set for the oral exam, submit the General Oral Examination Application Form. Do this at least 1-2 weeks prior to the oral exam. The graduate school will send you “FORM C” that will be signed by your committee. Please bring a copy of this form to your Oral Examination. If you pass your oral exam, you are now “All but Dissertation” (ABD), and you can proceed to Step 8. Expect to be enrolled at least two more semesters. You cannot graduate the semester after you pass your comprehensive exams.
8. Finish your dissertation proposal, which basically consists of a draft of the first three chapters of your dissertation. You should start this step during the semester you take your comprehensive exams. Give this proposal to your committee at least two weeks before you defend it (step 10).
9. Write your IRB protocol and have it ready to submit as soon as you successfully defend your dissertation proposal. It will most likely need to be modified after you defend your proposal.
10. Defend your dissertation proposal. This defense is a presentation to your committee. You will give them a hard copy of your proposal at least two weeks before the proposal defense. They will ask you questions and give you suggestions. Your committee may require revisions before they pass you on this one. Once you successfully pass your proposal, you may proceed to Step 11.
11. Submit your IRB the day after you successfully defend your proposal, and then wait 1-2 months. While you are waiting, get your life in order because you will be spending the following ~6-12 months collecting data, analyzing data, writing chapters 4 and 5 of your dissertation, and revising all 5 chapters. Continue with research you are doing with your advisor, and continue improving your chapters 1-3.
12. Get approval from the IRB to conduct research.
13. Begin your research. Stay organized, because data can become unwieldy. Analyze as you collect. Don’t let things-to-transcribe pile up.
14. Write your dissertation. Send your advisor drafts as pre-arranged. When the dissertation is complete, your advisor will send it to the committee members for their feedback. Revise as necessary. In the meantime, complete Step 15. When your committee approves of your dissertation, move to Steps 16 and 17.
SEMESTER 8 or FINAL SEMESTER
15. Ask your advisor to choose an outside reader.
16. Your committee signs the Dissertation First Submission Approval Form, which you take to the Thesis and Dissertation Office. It includes the name of your outside reader.
17. Submit your approved dissertation to the graduate school. Email this in one pdf to firstname.lastname@example.org Be sure you have followed the guidelines. http://graduate.auburn.edu/current-students/electronic-thesis-dissertation-guide/ Check the graduate school calendar to make sure you do this in time to graduate. http://graduate.auburn.edu/current-students/graduate-school-calendar/ This is early October for fall graduation, early March for spring graduation, and mid-June for summer graduations. At this time, the outside reader will read the dissertation. Once this is approved, you can proceed to Steps 17 and 18.
18. Submit Verification of Professional Experiences form to your committee and your department head.
19. Submit Form X to the Thesis and Dissertation Office one week before you defend your dissertation. The graduate school will email you this form.
20. Defend your dissertation. Check the graduate school calendar to make sure you sent a defense date well before the deadline. http://graduate.auburn.edu/current-students/graduate-school-calendar/ Give yourself at least 2 weeks after the defense to make changes to your dissertation, so plan the defense ~3 weeks before the hard deadline. It is usually towards the end of November fall graduation, end of April for spring graduation, and end of July for summer graduation. So defend by the beginning of November fall semester, beginning of April spring semester, or beginning of July summer semester.
21. If changes are made to your dissertation after the defense, submit your final dissertation to the graduate school. Email this in one pdf to email@example.com
22. Pay for optional printing/ binding. Check the graduate school calendar to make sure you do this in time. http://graduate.auburn.edu/current-students/graduate-school-calendar/ It is usually towards the end of November fall graduation, end of April for spring graduation, and end of July for summer graduation.
23. Complete the Survey of Earned Doctorates. https://sed-ncses.org/GradDateRouter.aspx
24. Submit your dissertation to the university at http://etd.auburn.edu Check the graduate school calendar to make sure you do this in time. http://graduate.auburn.edu/current-students/graduate-school-calendar/ It is usually towards the end of November fall graduation, end of April for spring graduation, and end of July for summer graduation.