2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

Approved Program of Study

During the first semester of study, specialist in education students are expected to establish an advising committee and to file an approved program of study with the Graduate School. Failure to meet this deadline may result in refusal to accept further course registration.


A student will have a committee of three, typically appointed during the first semester of graduate work beyond the master’s degree. The committee, including the committee chairperson, will be appointed by the department chairperson in consultation with the candidate. Until the committee is appointed, the department chairperson or delegated representative will act as the student’s program advisor. The committee, in consultation with the student, will develop the plan of study and guide the thesis. In cooperation with the Graduate School, the committee also will determine if and when the student is qualified to be admitted to candidacy for the degree, and finally, for the awarding of the degree.