DONALD I. WAGNER, HSD
ERNEST RAKOW, PhD
Associate Dean for Administration and Graduate Programs
GRADUATE ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
||Concentration within Major
|Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Research
||(1) School Counseling
(2) Clinical Mental Health Counseling
(3) Rehabilitation Counseling
(4) Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling
|Master of Science (MS)
Doctor of Education (EdD)
||Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
|Educational Psychology and Research
||(1) Educational Psychology
(2) Educational Research
|Master of Science (MS)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
|Health and Sport Sciences
Health and Sport Science
|(1) Exercise and Sport Science
(2) Health Promotion
(3) Sport Commerce
(4) Physical Education Teacher Education
|Master of Science (MS)
||Master of Science (MS)
|Instruction and Curriculum Leadership
||Instruction and Curriculum Leadership
||(1) Early Childhood Education
(2) Instruction and Curriculum
(3) Instructional Design and Technology
(5) Special Education
|Master of Science (MS)
Doctor of Education (EdD)
|(1) Early Childhood Education
(2) Elementary Education
(3) Middle School Education/Special Education
(4) Secondary Education
(5) Special Education
|Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
|Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning
||Childhood Literacy Reading
||RODP Master of Education (MEd)
|Instructional Computing Applications
|Literacy Leadership and Coaching
||Leadership and Policy Studies
||(1) School Administration
(3) Student Personnel
|Master of Science (MS)
|(1) Educational Leadership
(2) Community Education
(3) Policy Studies
|Doctor of Education (EdD)
|Higher and Adult Education
||(1) Higher Education
(2) Adult Education
(3) Organizational Leadership and Higher Education
|Doctor of Education (EdD)
|Community College Teaching and Leadership
||Education Specialist (EdS)
Individual program requirements described in The University of Memphis Graduate Catalog,
2014-2015, are subject to change. Please consult your department or the Office of the Graduate School for changes that
may occur before publication of the next issue of this Catalog. Every graduate student is expected to comply with the general requirements of the
Graduate School (see Admissions Regulations, Academic Regulations, and Minimum Degree Requirements) and the program requirements of the degree being pursued (see departmental listings
in this section).
Graduate programs in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences prepare students
to be leaders within their professional areas of education. Candidates for a degree
must design a curriculum plan that has the approval of their major advisor, the department
chair, and the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies.
In programs where candidates are specializing in a professional area, awarding a degree
or recommending for a professional license does not merely attest to the accumulation
of the specified number of hours in the classroom or other professional setting but
also to the demonstration of professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions. The
faculty has the responsibility to both the public and the profession to award a degree
or license only when the candidate has demonstrated a satisfactory level of professional
knowledge, skills, and dispositions as judged by the program faculty. Further, candidates
must exhibit integrity and character consistent with the standards of ethical principles
set forth by appropriate professional associations and Tennessee law.
The College of Education, Health and Human Sciences offers degrees at the master's,
specialist, and doctoral levels. The master's degree programs are the Master of Arts
in Teaching (MAT), Master of Science (MS), and the Regents Online Master of Education
(MEd). Offered at the post-master's level are the degrees of Education Specialist
(EdS), Doctor of Education (EdD), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
Graduate degrees in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences are available
in the departments of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Research; Health and
Sport Sciences; Instruction and Curriculum Leadership; and Leadership.
For specific information concerning majors, areas of concentration, course requirements,
etc., students should review the program descriptions found under the departmental
listings in this Bulletin. See the chart of academic programs at the beginning of
this section for majors and concentrations.
MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAMS
The College of Education, Health and Human Sciences offers programs leading to the
Master's degree in the departments of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Research;
Human Movement Sciences and Education; Instruction and Curriculum Leadership; and
Master of Science Degree (MS)
The Master of Science degree is available to individuals who are already licensed
and want to expand their work in their teaching areas or individuals without licensure
who desire to work in education-related settings but do not need teacher licensure.
This degree is directed toward the development of competencies necessary for leadership
and advancement in K-12 settings and fields related to education.
Master of Arts in Teaching Degree (MAT)
The Master of Arts in Teaching degree is designed for people with outstanding undergraduate
records who are seeking initial teacher licensure at the graduate level. It is also
available to those already licensed who seek additional licensure in one or more areas.
Students may pursue licensure in special education, early childhood, elementary, or
Master's Program Requirements
Admission to Master's Degree Candidacy
Admission to the Graduate School allows students to enroll and begin to take courses
prior to admission to a degree program. However, a student's initial enrollment should
not be taken to mean acceptance for degree candidacy. To become a candidate for a
degree, the student must apply for a specific degree and major and be accepted for
that degree. A maximum of 12 hours taken prior to acceptance will be counted for that
degree. At the beginning of the semester of graduation the student must submit an
"Intent to Graduate" form and an "Application for Admission to Master's Degree Candidacy"
form. See the Graduate School homepage for specific dates and forms. For advice on completing the candidacy form, the student
should consult the major advisor or the Office of Teacher Education.
Appointment of Advisor
Prior to initial enrollment, the student is advised to arrange an interview with the
chair or a representative of the department in which the student plans to major. At
this meeting the student may be assigned an advisor who will help the student in planning
a program of studies. Some departments appoint an advisor upon admission.
Workshops and Independent Study Credits
The maximum combined credit in "Independent Study" and "Workshop" courses that can
be applied to the master's degree is 12 semester hours with no more than 6 semester
hours applying to the major. Seven semester hours of credit in "Independent Study"
courses may be applied to master's degree requirements, but no more than 4 of these
hours may be taken in either the major or the collateral area.
If the student should elect to take "Workshop" courses and no "Independent Study"
courses, only 6 workshop hours could apply to the major.
For all master's programs, a minimum of 70% of the total required hours must be taken
at the 7000 level. At least 12 semester hours of these must be taken in the major.
Program of Studies
Each student, in consultation with an advisor, will plan a program of studies leading
to the fulfillment of the requirements for one of the degrees listed below.
Minimum requirements for the Master of Science degree are:
Content for Specialty 18-21 hours
Research 3 hours (EDPR 7521 or 7523)
Electives (selected in consultation with student's advisor) 9-18 hours
Total 30 hours
Minimum requirements for the Master of Arts in Teaching degree are:
Professional Core 9-15 hours
Professional Specialization 15-21 hours
Professional Development 7 hours
Research 6 hours
Total 30-43 hours
Substitutions for Required Courses
Any substitutions for departmental required courses in the major must be approved
by the graduate coordinator and the department chair. Substitutions that affect college
or degree requirements must be approved by the advisor, the department chair, and
the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies.
A thesis of 3 to 6 semester hours may be presented as partial fulfillment of degree
requirements. Each degree candidate must enroll for thesis credit each semester until
the thesis is completed. A student who fails to complete the thesis at the end of
the academic semester following registration for the total credits allowed to count
toward the degree will be required to renew his/her status. In order to remain in
active status, the candidate will be required to register for 1 hour of thesis credit
each academic semester until the thesis is completed. Summer school enrollment is
optional for continuous enrollment. Credit will be posted upon the completion and
acceptance of the thesis, but no more than 6 hours will be counted toward degree requirements
for a master's thesis. This requirement may be waived for any semester the advisor
is not on campus or for other reasons approved by the major advisor, the department
chair, and the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies of the College of Education, Health
and Human Sciences. Students in the MAT program may not enroll in thesis credit during
the semester of student teaching.
Theses must be prepared according to guidelines specified by the College. For specific
information, a student should consult his/her major professor. NOTE: Students electing
to write a thesis should familiarize themselves with the Thesis/Dissertation Preparation Guide before starting to write.
Students choosing to complete a Master's Project for the MAT degree must enroll in
3 hours of Master's Project credit. A grade of IP (In Progress) will be assigned until
the Master's Project is completed. Receipt of the grade of IP requires continuous
enrollment each semester for the same number of hours, including summer, until a final
grade of S or U is earned. Students in the MAT program may not enroll in the Master's
Project during the semester of student teaching.
Master's Comprehensive Examination
Before being recommended for graduation, every candidate for the master's degree is
required to pass a final comprehensive examination.
Departmental requirements with reference to comprehensive examination, thesis, research,
and course requirements for each of these degree programs are found under the appropriate
departmental sections in this Bulletin.
EDUCATION LICENSURE AT THE GRADUATE LEVEL
The Master of Science degree program is used for securing additional endorsements
in the areas of Beginning Administration K-12(B), Professional Administration K-12,
Counselor K-12, Librarian K-12, Reading Specialist (grades K-12), Early Childhood
PreK-3, Special Education Modified, Special Education Comprehensive, and Special Education
Early Childhood. The applicant who wishes to add these areas must complete an approved
program and be recommended by the College.
To obtain a Tennessee License with an endorsement in one of the following areas: School
Psychologist or Special Education Speech and Language PreK-12, the applicant must
complete the approved program and be recommended by the College.
Initial Teacher Licensure
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program awards initial teacher licensure with
a master's degree. Programs are available for Early Childhood (PreK-3); Elementary
(K-6); Middle Grades (4-8); Secondary (7-12); Special Education: Modified or Comprehensive
(K-12); Special Education: Early Childhood (PreK-3); and high school in math, sciences,
business education, foreign language, history, and the social sciences.
Students seeking initial licensure must complete at least one semester of student
teaching/internship requirements in the placements coordinated and approved by the
Coordinator of Field Experiences in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences.
Students may not student teach during the summer semester.
Policies Governing Licensure at the Graduate Level
Students who have received a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution that
did not qualify them for a teacher's license may become eligible for licensure by
enrolling as a master's student in the MAT degree program and completing the requirements
for the program according to the current catalog. These candidates should confer with
the coordinator of the MAT licensure program concerning individual program requirements.
Procedures for Admission to the Graduate Level Teacher Preparation Program
The student must apply for admission to the Graduate School and to the Master of Arts
in Teaching degree program. When approved, the student will be assigned a graduate
For initial licensure the student must have an appropriate undergraduate major for
the area of teaching licensure being sought.
Adding an endorsement at the graduate level that requires The University of Memphis's
recommendation may be accomplished by completing the requirements of the approved
program. Information can be obtained from the teacher licensing advisor.
Simultaneously with admission to the MAT or teacher licensure program, the student
must apply for and meet standards required for admission to the Teacher Education
Program (TEP). Only Level I MAT courses should be taken prior to admission to TEP.
Students must take the Praxis II Content Knowledge Exam for their licensure area,
the PPST Writing Subtest, and successfully interview for TEP admission. Students must
be fully admitted to TEP one full semester before application to student teaching
and internship is submitted. Application for student teaching/internship is submitted
the semester before enrolling in student teaching/internship. A maximum of 12 hours
may be taken prior to admission to TEP and the MAT degree program.
For additional information, consult the general advisor in the College of Education,
Health and Human Sciences.
The Master of Arts in Teaching degree may be earned with the completion of a thesis
or Master's Project.
For a more detailed explanation of the program, see the Department of Instruction
and Curriculum Leadership program description.
ONLINE CERTIFICATE IN INSTRUCTIONAL COMPUTING APPLICATIONS
This certificate program is designed for educators who want to integrate the use of
computers in the classroom. The certificate requires the completion of 12 hours from
a designated core of courses. The focus of these courses is to develop the technological
competencies needed for the development, utilization, and integration of instructional
computing technology in the classroom.
Students interested in receiving a Certificate in Instructional Computing Applications
must be admitted to a College of Education, Health and Human Sciences graduate program.
The courses may be completed as part of a degree program with the advisor's approval,
or as additional course work.
- The following four core courses are required for the Certificate in Instructional
- IDT 7061/8061
- IDT 7062/8062
- IDT 7063/8063
- IDT 7064/8064
- More information about the Certificate is located at this web site: www.memphis.edu/icl/idt
POST-MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAMS
The post-master's degree programs of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences
require the candidate to have a clear professional goal and a commitment to scholarship,
leadership, and excellence. To accomplish this, a close, continuous professional interaction
between the candidate, faculty, and fellow students is an integral part of the program
To be admitted to post-master's degree candidacy in the College of Education, Health
and Human Sciences, the student must first meet all Graduate School requirements and
then complete a candidacy file in the department in which admission is sought.
EDUCATION SPECIALIST (EdS)
The Education Specialist is an interdisciplinary degree designed to provide an individualized,
flexible program of studies for the educator-practitioner in either a school or non-school
setting, whose academic interests are aimed at specific and individual career goals
and needs. It offers opportunities for advanced professional specialization and includes
a relevant culminating experience or a thesis. Studies may be focused in the departments
of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Research; Instruction and Curriculum Leadership;
and Leadership. A collaborative EdS is offered with the Department of Psychology.
Program objectives are: (1) strong knowledge base in a major area of study, research,
cultural or psychological foundations, and a supportive area of study; (2) ability
to evaluate and conduct research in higher, adult education, and lifelong learning;
(3) development of skills and dispositions for leadership positions in educational
DOCTOR OF EDUCATION (EdD)
Doctor of Education programs in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences
are designed to improve the competency of teachers, counselors, supervisors, and administrators;
to serve the career needs and goals of individuals in education-related fields; to
encourage research in a student's area of concentration; and to initiate and implement
programs involving the school and the community. The programs provide both breadth
and depth of preparation through a flexible combination of academic specialization,
interdisciplinary study, and significant research.
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PhD)
The PhD in Counseling Psychology or Educational Psychology and Research is offered
by the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Research. It is designed
to meet the needs of candidates who wish to seek licensing as counseling psychologists
or candidates preparing for research and college faculty positions.
Admission to Post-Master's Candidacy
Admission to the EdS, EdD, and PhD programs is handled by the department in which
the student wishes to major. After completion of the department's candidacy file,
the department admissions committee will act on the application and notify the student
of its action.
Appointment of Advisory Committee
When admitted to candidacy, the student should consult with the department chair and
the temporary advisor in order to secure the appointment of a permanent major advisor
who will also serve as chair of the program advisory committee. The department chair,
following consultation with the student and the major advisor, will make a recommendation
to the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies concerning the appointment of a graduate
program advisory committee to assist the student in planning a complete program of
studies. Upon approval by the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, the appointment
will be forwarded to the Graduate School.
The student's program advisory committee for the EdS, EdD, and PhD degrees shall be
composed of at least three members. Each committee member must be a member of the
Graduate Faculty at The University of Memphis.
PROGRAM OF STUDIES
All programs of study for the EdS, EdD, and PhD degrees are individually designed
by the student and the program advisory committee to accomplish the student's educational
goal and ensure mastery of requisite knowledge, skills, and dispositions for the discipline.
Each student, in consultation with the program advisory committee, will plan a complete
program of studies. The program of studies must be placed on file with the Associate
Dean for Graduate Studies before the end of the semester immediately following admission
to the program. No doctoral student may be considered as officially in residency unless
the student has filed a program of studies, signed by the program advisory committee.
The student's program of studies for the EdS degree must include a minimum of 33 semester
hours earned no more than six years prior to the date of graduation.
The student's program of studies for the EdD or PhD degree must include a minimum
of 54 post-master's semester hours. Time limitations for completion of the degree
vary by department. The Departments of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Research
and Leadership have ten (10) year time limitations for completion of the doctoral
programs. The Department of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership has a twelve (12)
year time limitation for completion of the doctoral program.
Acceptance of Transfer Credit
Credit earned at another institution must be presented for consideration not later
than the end of the student's second semester of enrollment. Upon approval by the
student's program advisory committee, the credit will be transferred to apply toward
the EdS, EdD, or PhD, provided that the credit meets general University and specific
Approved transfer credit may be accepted for not more than 12 semester hours of post-master's
degree course credit for the EdS, EdD, or PhD degree.
The maximum combined credit in Independent Study and "Workshop" courses that may be
applied to EdS degree requirements is 9 semester hours.
The maximum combined credit in Independent Study and "Workshop" courses that may be
applied to the EdD degree requirements is 18 semester hours.
Planning the Program
Minimum requirements for the Education Specialist degree are:
Content for Specialty 21 hours (Including 6 hours culminating experience)
College Core 6 hours (Complete one three-hour course in research* and one three-hour
course in educational psychology appropriate to the area of study)
Electives 6 hours
Total 33 hours
Minimum requirements for the Doctor of Education degree are:
Content for Specialty 42-45 hours (Includes 9-12 hours dissertation)
Research Core* 9-12 hours (EDPR 8541, 8542 and 3-6 hours of research electives)
Total 54 hours
*A master's level introduction or research course is assumed (EDPR 7521 or 7523).
Changes in Program of Studies
Any changes to be made in a program of studies must be submitted on the appropriate
form and must have the approval of the program advisory committee, the department
chair, and the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies.
Students working toward the doctoral degree must fulfill the University and College
residency requirement after filing a program of studies.
The purpose of residency is to provide the doctoral student with significant time
for sustained contact with faculty members. An expected outcome is the acquisition
of skills of inquiry, an opportunity for research, and the incorporation of professional
values into the experience that the student brings to graduate school. Also, it facilitates
the creation of a cohesive climate in which inquiry becomes the linking feature of
the graduate student experience. In short, residency is expected to be a vehicle for
socialization into the shared community of professional life. At the heart of that
community lies a commitment to sustained inquiry that extends beyond the period of
doctoral preparation and into the student's lifetime work, either as a practitioner
or as one who demonstrates leadership based on a foundation of inquiry.
Doctoral Residency Policies
1. A doctoral student must select one of the following course enrollment options:
- The student will maintain two semesters of continuous enrollment of 9 hours per semester.
The enrollment requirement may be satisfied by enrolling in fall, spring, and summer
- Three semesters of continuous enrollment of 6 hours per semester;
- Nine hours of enrollment per semester during two consecutive summers and at least
3 hours per semester during the intervening fall and spring semesters.
2. A plan for the scholarly product of residency will be developed by the student
and major professor. The plan will be reviewed by the department.
3. The scholarly product plan of residency consists of the following elements:
- The plan will be contained in a 3-5 page document.
- It will contain an introduction to the problem area that the student will address
during the coming period of residency. This introduction will include a specification
of the problem, an indication of its importance, and a brief summary of pertinent
literature placing the problem in its context. Relevant theoretical implications will
- It will detail a plan of action including projected time benchmarks to resolve the
problem. It is expected that this plan will allow for a sustained and multifaceted
inquiry that incorporates significant components derived from the literature and that
have implications for the field of study.
- Tools of inquiry expected to be required in the course of completing the residency
will be noted. If the candidate possesses these tools, some indication documenting
the mastery of the tool component should be noted. If skills of inquiry are to be
acquired during the course of the residency this must be noted.
- Faculty resources associated with each component of the plan must be indicated.
- The products of the residency will be noted. It is expected that the residency will
lead to a paper submitted to a refereed journal or a peer-reviewed conference.
- A copy of the scholarly product of residency that has been approved by the major advisor
must be filed with the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies.
- All research involving data collection, use of existing data, or other investigations
using human subjects must be reviewed and approved by the University's Institutional
Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects prior to beginning any such research.
Timetable for Filing for Residency
Prior to beginning residency, the written plan must be filed. The plan must have the
approval signatures of the chair of the candidate's program advisory committee and
of the department chair. It must be submitted to the department office of the candidate's
major for approval no later than the last day of graduate registration in the semester
designated to count as residency. Students are expected to have satisfied requirements
for admission to the doctoral program before filing a residency plan.
Comprehensive Examination for the EdS, EdD, and PhD Degrees
When the candidate in good standing has completed all course requirements for the
EdS, EdD, or PhD degree or is enrolled in the last semester of coursework (exclusive
of culminating experience or dissertation) he/she must pass a comprehensive exam,
written and oral, covering the major and collateral fields of study. For EdD and PhD
candidates, residency must be completed prior to taking the comprehensive exams. The
student who passes the comprehensive exam will be designated as a Late Doctoral Candidate
or Late Specialist candidate in the candidate's degree status. Doctoral students may
not enroll in dissertation hours until they have attained Late Doctoral status.
EDS CULMINATING EXPERIENCE AND DOCTORAL DISSERTATION
The EdS degree candidate will present a six-hour culminating experience appropriate
to the major area of specialization. This may be fulfilled through a thesis based
on research related to the major, a field study of a significant problem, an organized
internship, or a special project appropriate to the major.
An acceptable dissertation is a requirement for all doctoral degrees. The dissertation
must embody the results of an extended research effort that is an original contribution.
It should reflect the candidate's ability to conduct independent research and interpret
in a logical manner the facts and phenomena revealed by the research. The student
will be required to meet the specific regulations of the major department and of the
Graduate School (see the Thesis/Dissertation Preparation Guide). The EdD or PhD degree candidate will present a dissertation for 9-12 hours� credit.
All degree candidates must maintain continuous enrollment of at least one credit hour
per semester (Summer school enrollment is optional for continuous enrollment.) once
they begin taking field study, culminating experience, or dissertation hours. If they
fail to do so, they will be charged retroactive tuition at graduation.
Credit will be posted upon the completion and acceptance of the culminating experience
or dissertation, but no more than 6 hours will be counted toward degree requirements
for an EdS culminating experience and no more than 12 hours for a doctoral dissertation.
The continuous enrollment requirement may be waived for any semester the advisor is
not on campus or for other reasons approved by the major advisor, the department chair,
and the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies of the College of Education, Health and
Failure to remain in continuous enrollment without an approved waiver will result
in reevaluation of the candidate's status in the program by the program advisory committee.
Committee Membership for Supervision of the Dissertation
After completing the comprehensive examination, the candidate will form a dissertation
advisory committee of at least four graduate faculty members. The dissertation advisory
committee will direct the development of the candidate's prospectus, dissertation,
and defense. The chair (major professor) must be a full graduate faculty member from
the candidate's area of concentration within the major. At least one other committee
member must be a faculty member in the candidate's major. The department chair, following
consultation with the candidate and the major advisor, will make a recommendation
to the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies concerning the appointment of the dissertation
In order to provide a relatively uniform framework for preparation of a doctoral prospectus,
the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences has specified a format to be followed
in its preparation. Copies of the format may be obtained from the major advisor or
from the office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies.
Once a prospectus is approved, it is expected that the study will be completed within
three years; if not, the program advisory committee will reevaluate the candidate's
status in the program.
"Early doctoral student" designation applies to all doctoral candidates from the time
of formal admission to candidacy in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences
until the time of completion of course work and passing the comprehensive exam. At
that time the candidate is redesignated as "late doctoral student."
Culminating Experience/Dissertation Guidelines
Culminating experiences and dissertations must be prepared according to guidelines
specified by the College and the Graduate School. For specific information, the student
should consult his/her major advisor. NOTE: Students should familiarize themselves
with the Thesis/Dissertation Preparation Guide before starting to write.
Final Examination (Culminating Experience/Dissertation Defense)
After the completion of the culminating experience/dissertation and all other prescribed
work for the degree, all candidates will be given a final oral examination dealing
primarily with the culminating experience/dissertation and its relation to the candidate's
major field of study. This exam will be conducted by the student's culminating experience/dissertation
Graduate assistantships for post-master's students are available in most of the academic
areas of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, and a limited number
of graduate assistantships for master's students are available.
Active work and satisfactory progress toward a degree are necessary to hold an assistantship,
and graduate assistants are required to be registered in each term in which they hold
assistantships. Full-time graduate assistants take twelve hours of course work per
semester (six hours if they are enrolled for thesis or dissertation hours) and serve
20 hours per week on the assistantships.
Permission for graduate assistants to take fewer then twelve credit hours in a semester
may be granted by the Graduate School upon the recommendation of the College of Education,
Health and Human Sciences's Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and the department
chair. Permission to take more than twelve hours may be granted upon recommendation
of the department chair and the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Associate
Dean for Graduate Studies.