Dissertation Proposal & Research – EDUC 988

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

Course Description

This course focuses on developing the dissertation proposal.

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


Under the direction of a dissertation chair, the doctoral candidate writes a dissertation proposal in alignment with the most current Dissertation Handbook. The development of the proposal is in preparation for the dissertation proposal defense, which is the culminating assignment for this course.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe primary elements of the Dissertation Handbook.
  2. Describe the primary steps of the dissertation process.
  3. Develop a timeline for the completion of the dissertation process.
  4. Produce a completed dissertation proposal.
  5. Complete a dissertation proposal defense with committee.

Course Assignment

Readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the candidate will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Course Introduction

Dissertation Handbook

The candidate will read and adhere to all policies, guidelines, and procedures in the Dissertation Handbook, located on the Advising Guide.

Discussion Board Progress Reports (4)

The candidate will post a progress report update in Week 1, 5, 10, and 15. In addition to the thread, the candidate is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. The chair will assign a pass/no pass grade for each post. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Proposal Submissions (2)

The candidate will submit 2 proposal documents during the course in order to demonstrate measurable progress. The dissertation will be submitted in Blackboard and may be reviewed informally by the chair for improvement over previous drafts. The chair will assign a pass/no pass grade for the submission. If the manuscript is ready for a full formal review by the chair the candidate should email the chair requesting a full formal review of the manuscript. (MLO: D, E)

Progress Measurement Rubric

In order to pass EDUC 988, the candidate must earn at least 6 points on the Proposal Progress Measurement rubric. If the candidate does not earn 6 points, he or she will receive a No Pass in EDUC 988. (MLO: A, B, C, D)

Quizzes (16)

Each quiz will cover the candidate’s progress for the assigned modules/weeks. Each quiz will contain 1 true/false question and have a 30-minute time limit. (MLO: C, D, E)