Dissertation Writing and Research – EDUC 989

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course focuses on developing the dissertation.


EDUC 988


Under the direction of a dissertation chair, the doctoral candidate writes a dissertation manuscript in preparation for the dissertation defense.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the primary steps of the dissertation process
  2. Develop a timeline, semester goals, and write progress reports regarding his or her dissertation
  3. Execute research and collect data
  4. Complete a dissertation defense with committee

Course Assignment

Dissertation Handbook

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

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

Discuss 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)

Dissertation Submissions (4)

The candidate will complete 4 dissertation submissions 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: C, D)

Dissertation Progress Measurement Rubric

In order to pass EDUC 989, the candidate must earn at least 6 points on the Dissertation Progress Measurement rubric. If the candidate does not earn 6 points, he or she will receive a No Pass in EDUC 989. (MLO: A, B, C, D)