Comprehensive Exam – EDUC 970

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/07/2022

Course Description

A comprehensive examination must be taken no earlier than completion of the course requirements for the program of study. The comprehensive examinations must be successfully completed prior to submission to the dissertation proposal.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The doctoral dissertation is the final academic requirement for this doctoral degree. This course is designed to confirm eligibility for candidacy.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the candidate will be able to:

  1. Develop research questions and a corresponding research design to address a problem of practice.
  2. Identify appropriate sites and samples for the proposed study.
  3. Develop and describe data collection and data analysis procedures.
  4. Describe steps for increasing reliability and dependability in research.
  5. Discuss ethical considerations in research with human subjects.
  6. Write a viable methods chapter for an applied doctoral dissertation.
  7. Explain the steps in the dissertation process for Liberty University’s SOE Ed.D.

Course Assignment

Textbook Readings and Lecture Presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the candidate will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Quiz: Dissertation Process

The quiz will cover the Dissertation Handbook. The quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 11 multiple-choice questions, and have a 1-hour time limit. The quiz can be taken up to three times. (MLO: E, F, G)

Quiz: SOE Doctoral Community

The quiz will cover the SOE Doctoral Community shell found under the “Non-Term Courses” section in Canvas. The quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 questions, and have a 1-hour time limit. The quiz can be taken up to three times. (MLO: B, G)

Comprehensive Examination: Chapter 3 Assignment

The candidate will submit the exact same Chapter 3 assignment from EDUC 919. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G)