The dissertation is expected to exhibit scholarship, reflect mastery of technique, and make a distinctive contribution to the field of knowledge in which the candidate has majored. A doctoral committee of no less than three members and no more than five members is responsible for the general supervision of the doctoral dissertation. The committee consists of a major professor, at least one other approved graduate faculty member from the School of Education, and one graduate faculty member from a related Liberty University school or college. Before beginning the dissertation research, the doctoral advisory committee must approve the research proposal. Candidates are required to maintain continual enroll in EDUC 980 Dissertation Seminar throughout the development of the research piece. Oral defense of the dissertation is required for final approval.