Wayne State University

Information for Faculty / Divisional Testing Coordinators

The following information is for the Final Qualifying Examinations

Please refer to the Final Qualifying Examinations page (for students) for the policy document and specific test dates and forms for the Qualifying Exams.

To assist with the Qualifying Examinations, the following individuals have been designated as the Divisional Testing Coordinators (DTC):

  • Curriculum and Instruction; Reading, Language and Literature;

    and Special Education

    Teacher Education

    Sandra Jenkins

    sandra.jenkins@wayne.edu

    (313) 577-8111

  • Counseling; Education Psychology;

    and Educational Evaluation and Research

    Theoretical and Behavioral Foundations

    Katharine Johnson

    katharine.johnson@wayne.edu

    (313) 577-1805

  • Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and Learning Design and Technology (formerly Instructional Technology)

    Administrative and Organization Studies

    Michele Norris

    mnorris@wayne.edu

    (313) 577-1728

Final Qualifying Examination Registration Form

The registration form is submitted by the doctoral student to the Graduate Education Office in Academic Services (complete with the Qualifying Examination Committee signatures and the date and time of the Oral Examination).

Note: Students registering for the Take-Home Exam must also submit the Take-Home Exam Worksheet.

The faculty member's signature on the Qualifying Examination Registration form indicates 1) agreement to serve on the exam committee and 2) agreement to the date and time of the Oral Examination as listed on the form.

Take-Home Exam Format

The student and the advisor are to complete the Take-Home Qualifying Exam Worksheet to identify the specific days and times for receiving the exam questions and for submitting the exam responses. The completed worksheet is submitted with the Qualifying Examination Registration Form.

Traditional Exam Format

All students are required to complete a 12-hour written exam consisting of four (4) test sessions of three (3) hours each.

The Oral Examination

The oral exam will proceed only if the written exam was successfully completed.

The oral examination shall cover both the area of concentration (major field) and if applicable, the cognate (minor field).  The content of the oral examination can be similar to or different from the written examination. It is not appropriate to use this meeting for discussion of the student's dissertation proposal.

Next Steps Post Examination: Written and Oral

If the student has failed the Written Examination, the Major Advisor shall inform the student and the DTC. In addition, the Major Advisor shall inform the student of the Committee's specific recommendations regarding a second examination and any additional work to be completed prior to a second examination. A second examination may not be held until at least one semester has elapsed, but must be held within one calendar year following the first examination (either in the fall or the winter semester). The DTC will inform Academic Services and the student is formally

If the student fails the Oral Examination, the Major Advisor shall inform the student and the DTC. In addition, the Major Advisor shall inform the student of the Committee's specific recommendations regarding a second examination and any additional work to be completed prior to a second examination. A second examination may not be held until at least one semester has elapsed, but must be held within one calendar year following the first examination (either in the fall or the winter semester). The DTC will inform Academic Services and the student is formally notified by letter.