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The dissertation integrates and adds to the learning accomplished in other phases of the student's program. It addresses the appropriate intellectual, cultural, and/or artistic traditions of the field and signifies grounding in the theoretical and critical scholarship in this field. It allows the student to exercise his/her originality and creativity so the work provides new knowledge and approaches to the larger scholarly community.
A completed dissertation must demonstrate an advanced level of knowledge: that can critically examine a problem, integrate information, operationalize concepts, implement a research project and communicate the essential aspects of the study. The dissertation must be relevant to the advancement of knowledge about a professional practice in education.