Frequently Asked Questions
When are applications due? If I am accepted when do I start taking classes?
Applications to the Teaching and Learning doctoral program must be submitted by February 15. Any application that is not complete (i.e., all essays, fees, transcripts, letters, test scores received by the graduate school) by February 15 will not be evaluated until the following year. Applicants must check their status. Applicants can request a deferment up until six weeks before the term for which they applied begins, in order to allow for time to receive and process all materials.
Should I earn a Ph.D. or an Ed.D. degree?
There is no right or wrong answer to your question! You should consider your long term goal. An important difference is in course requirements. The total number of credits required for the Ph.D. is 90 credits and for the Ed.D. it is 96 credits . Ed.D. students are required to take 12 credits in the area of educational foundations (Psychological, Sociological, Historical, Anthropological, etc. foundations) and Ph.D. students take 6 foundations credits.
What is the typical length of time it takes to get a doctorate?
This depends on how many classes you are able to take a semester. The Graduate School is tracking this data and they report the average time-to-degree for Ph.D. students in T&L was a little over four years and for Ed.D. students the average was a little under four years. Students have seven years to complete a doctoral program. Graduate courses more than seven years old are considered obsolete. Obsolete courses may be revalidated.
When are classes offered?
Currently, our class schedule is such that classes meet once a week from either 4 to 7 p.m. or 7 to 10 p.m. There are a few online classes but the program is mainly face-to-face. In the summer, classes are held once a week in three-hour time frames. In the summer, there are classes offered all through the day, Monday through Thursday. For example from 8:30 to noon; 12:30 to 4:00 p.m.; 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Doctoral Seminars are held on weekends (Friday-Saturday). There are three 1-credit seminars that help students understand the various procedures and processes required of doctoral students. The seminars only meet one weekend during the summer.
Are there any online courses?
The majority of the courses are face-to-face and are held at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. Some of the courses are a combination of both face-to-face and online with a few entirely online.
Are there graduate teaching assistant opportunities? If so, how would I apply? What classes would I teach? What are the benefits (# of credits paid for, etc.)?
Every year we need graduate teaching assistants (GTA). You apply through the College of Education and Human Development Dean's office. There is a GTA application form on the website. You would receive a stipend and perhaps a waiver of tuition. The department chair considers your strengths and the experiences you have. The department's needs are also taken under consideration.
I’m interested in research. Are there graduate research assistantships available? What are the benefits.
Yes! The T&L program does have graduate research assistantships available. Similar to the graduate teaching assistantships, students are given a stipend and often a waiver of tuition. Students work with a professor in helping with their research. Apply through the College of Education and Human Development Dean's office. There is a GRA application form on the website that you would need to complete. You would receive a stipend and perhaps a waiver of tuition. The department chair considers your strengths and what experiences you have. The department's needs are also taken under consideration.
Are there tuition waivers and if, how do I apply for one?
The Teaching and Learning program has some tuition waivers available. Students ask for tuition support through the Director of the doctoral program and this is forwarded to the Chair of the T&L department who makes the final decision.
Are there any scholarships or awards available?
The Graduate School of the University of North Dakota does offer a few scholarships. To learn about the criteria and how to apply to them, consult the Graduate School website. The scholarships are listed under “Awards.” The College of Education and Human Development also offers some scholarships. For information, go to the Teaching and Learning Doctoral Student Handbook.
Who do I ask if I have more questions about the doctoral programs in Teaching and Learning?
Please contact Mary Baker, Doctoral Program Director at 701-777-6759 or email@example.com