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D.Ed. Dissertation Proposal Examination

Working with his/her dissertation committee chair, D.Ed. candidates are responsible for developing a dissertation proposal. While the content and structure of proposals may vary depending on the scope, approach and goals of the thesis project, the dissertation proposal is typically 25-40 pages (double-spaced) and includes:

  • A statement of the problem or research question;
  • A focused review and discussion of relevant scholarship;
  • A study design and research plan, including theoretical and/or conceptual framework, and plan for data collection;
  • A plan for data analysis, and;
  • A statement regarding the anticipated theoretical and/or practical contributions of the completed thesis.

The presentation of the dissertation proposal to the full committee typically occurs in the form of the oral proposal hearing. Though the hearing mostly focuses on the proposal, committee members may also ask questions related to other areas of the candidate’s study.