SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY
If a student fails to enroll during a fall or spring semester without being granted a leave of absence, automatic continuous en rollment is initiated and a continuation fee is charged. Subsequently, if a student does not complete registration, or if a petition for leave is not received by the end of the twelfth week of classes, the student is with drawn from the program. Students who withdraw from the program must 1) apply for re-admission to Biola University, and 2) petition the Ed.D. Committee for reinstatement to the program. Applications for re-admission are subject to program enrollment limitations that may be in force. Re-admitted students may be re quired to pay continuation fees for semesters during which they were not enrolled, and may be subject to Ed.D. curriculum changes and/or graduation requirements instated during their program inactivity. Dissertation Standing Doctor of Education candidates must register for at least 3 and no more than 6 units of DE 891 (Dissertation) every fall and spring semester until 12 units have been completed. If additional time is re quired, dissertation students must register for DE 892 (Continuous Enrollment) every fall and spring semester until the disserta tion has been successfully defended. GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS Program Sequence The Doctor of Education program re quires completion of a minimum of 48 semester units of course work and 12 units of dissertation beyond the master's degree. A maximum of 8 semester hours of doctoral level courses may be transferred into the pro gram from accredited institutions. Unless a modified program sequence (such as a "sum mer attendance" program) has been ap proved by the Ed.D. Committee, at least 24 units of a student's program must be complet ed within any consecutive 24 months. The Doctor of Education program is composed of a 15 unit core of five courses (DE 801, 803, 804, 808, and 888), a 30 unit specialization (see description under "Curriculum"), and a 15 unit research com ponent (DE 890 and a 12 unit dissertation). Every student must maintain a 3.0 grade point average to continue in the program. Students are placed on academic probation if their grade point average falls below 3.0. If, after one semester on probation, the grade point average is not brought up to the
(8) The applicant must submit a person ally prepared paper that demonstrates the ability to write well in a standardized thesis format. A research paper related to educa tional ministry is preferred. This may be a previously written document or one pre pared for this purpose, and should be at least 20 pages in length. (9) The applicant may be asked to meet with the director of the program or the Ed.D. Committee as a requirement for admission. CLASSIFICATION OF ADMITTED STUDENTS Each admitted student is classified in one of the following categories: Full Graduate Standing Applicants who intend to obtain a degree and who are admitted without reservation are awarded full graduate standing. Only students with full graduate standing may become degree candidates. Conditional Standing Conditional admission may be granted to a student whose academic record contains deficiencies. The student must demon strate ability to do graduate work at a high level of achievement. After completing ei ther two courses or a semester of work, the record of a conditional standing student is reviewed by the Ed.D. committee. The committee may then award full graduate standing, require that the student continue with conditional standing until specified re quirements have been met, or request with drawal from the program. Conditional ad mission may also be granted to students with deficiencies in educational, theological, ·and vocational admission requirements. A maximum of 18 units can be taken with con ditional standing. Inactive Standing Inactive students are those who have been granted a leave of absence from the program. A leave of absence is received through petition for change of status only if there is sufficient reason for interrupting the program and intention to return to ac tive enrollment. A leave of absence must be renewed each semester and may not exceed two con secutive semesters. Each leave must be ap proved by the student's advisor and the di rector of the Ed.D. program. Students on leave are required to register for DE 892, Continuous Enrollment.
required level, the student may be request ed to withdraw from the Ed.D. program. A student cannot graduate while on probation. No grade less than C (2.0) will be credit ed toward the Ed.D. degree. Students who receive more than two grades of C or lower will be reviewed by the Ed.D. committee, and are subject to probation or dismissal from the program. Unless an extension has been granted by the Ed.D. Committee, all Ed.D. require ments must be completed within five years of initial enrollment. Program Agenda Before taking any courses beyond the Ed.D. core, and before completing 12 units of credit, a written individual program agen da must be approved by the program direc tor. This agenda will contain a proposed course sequence as well as a statement of intended specialization. Research compe tency goals will also be identified during this process. Vocational Experience Due to the applied nature of the program, students are required to have completed four years of approved ministry experience before the Doctor of Education degree will be grant ed by Biola University. Prior ministry experi ence applies to this requirement. Guidelines for the evaluation of this experience are pro vided in the Ed.D. Handbook. Research Competence Two specific research tools or skills suit able for dissertation study are to be demon strated. The Ed.D. program director will val idate competence through review of exami nations, completed research, or course work. Appropriate research tools and methods in clude Biblical Hebrew, Koine Greek, or a rel evant modern language, statistical analysis, computer programming, or one of many re search methodologies applicable to educa tional problems and issues. Deficiencies in research competence may result in addition al program prerequisites and/or required components of an Ed.D. specialization. Qualifying Examinations Doctoral students are required to demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of their field of study by examination. The content of the comprehensive written exams is drawn primarily from faculty courses, seminar presentations, and individ ual student research. The exams represent the five core areas of the Ed.D. curriculum.
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