Learning & Instruction Sciences Concentration - Plan of Work

Academic Requirements

Academic requirements for the Ph.D. have been established by the faculty of Educational Psychology, and are consistent with, but often exceed, the threshold established by the Graduate School and the College of Education.  They are stated below.

  • At an early date following acceptance into the program, a major advisor should be selected, contingent upon a mutual agreement between the student and the faculty member.  The naming of the remaining members of the student's doctoral committee will be made in collaboration between the student and the major advisor.
  • The Plan of Work reflects a systematic and organized series of courses, seminars, clinical experiences, etc., designed to provide advanced academic experiences consistent with the student's academic objectives.  It should be planned with the counseling and guidance of the major advisor and completed as early as possible following acceptance into the program. 
  • The Learning and Instruction Sciences concentration requires at least 84 graduate semester hours in addition to the dissertation following the baccalaureate degree for the Ph.D. Included in the Plan of Work is the 10 hour credit cognate requirement in the liberal arts psychology program. An additional 30 semester hours are required for the dissertation. The 30 dissertation hours must be taken at the rate of 7.5 credits per semester over four consecutive semesters (spring/summer optional). While taking the dissertation hours, the student has full-time graduate student status.  Students will find that a program of study consistent with their professional goals may require an amount of graduate credit beyond the minimum requirement.
  • All students entering the Ph.D. program with an advanced degree will have their transcripts evaluated by the faculty to determine the extent to which their degree satisfies the requirements of this program.
  • All students admitted to the program will be expected to take the three doctoral seminars (EDP 7350, EDP 8230, and EDP 8250) during their first year of study.
  • Research Skills:

Because of the research requirement of the program, students are to substitute 15 semester hours of courses in statistics and research design for the language requirement.  The courses are listed below:

  • EER 7630 - Fundamental of Statistics 3 Cr.
  • EER 8800 - Variance & Covariance Analysis 4 Cr.
  • EER 8820 - Multivariate Analysis 4 Cr.
  • EER 8992 - Research & Experimental Design 4 Cr.
  • Scientific and Professional Ethics and Standards:

Students are expected to complete Professional Ethics and Standards for Psychologists (EDP 7520) or its equivalent in their master's degree; otherwise, it is required in the Ph.D.

  • Full-Time/Residence Requirement:                                               

The Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Learning and Instructional Sciences requires a minimum of  two academic years of full-time graduate study (8 credits or more in two successive semesters) at Wayne State University, one of which can fulfill the one year residence requirement (6 graduate credits in coursework, exclusive of dissertation, in each of two successive semesters). For those applicants with a master's degree from Wayne State University, one year of full-time study in the master's program will be augmented by one year of full-time study for the Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, totaling  two years of full-time study.

  • Experiences for Residence Requirement:

As stated above, there is a one year residence requirement (6 graduate credits in coursework, exclusive of dissertation, in each of two successive semesters).  A student "in residence" is expected to devote much of his or her time and energy to graduate studies on campus under the direction of the major advisor and the doctoral committee.  Students must be in residence for at least one academic year before taking the qualifying examination.

The residence requirement is to ensure that the student has an opportunity to be a part of a community of scholars and to get involved in research, teaching and services and to take advantage of a university environment such as the library resources, laboratory, and other physical facilities on campus.  It is important that students become acquainted with the faculty and other students on a professional basis.  The residence requirement also ensures the faculty the opportunity to evaluate the student’s scholarly development and professional growth, to direct his/her studies, and to determine competency.  Specific minimum residence requirements   in Research, Teaching, and Service Activities will be determined by the faculty in conjunction with the student and their academic and career goals. 

  • Time Limit:

Students have seven years from the date of admission into the Ph.D. program to complete their program.

  • Grading Policy:

Any student receiving two grades of "C+" or below in either his/her major area courses (including the various statistics and research courses), or in the minor area courses will be dropped from the program.

  • Degree Awarded:

The Ph.D. is awarded in Educational Psychology. Transcripts will indicate “Ph.D.” as the awarded degree and Educational Psychology as the major with a concentration in Learning and Instruction Sciences.