Make Your Plan for Comps, Candidacy, and Your Final Semester!

Are you planning for your candidacy exams? Do you know what it means to be a doctoral candidate? Are you a graduate student preparing for your final semester? All of these processes can be confusing for both students and faculty advisors. Join us for events designed to answer common questions, clarify important dates and deadlines, and outline policies and procedures to make processes more simple and easy to understand.

Preparing for Comps and Candidacy

For all doctoral students planning to complete their candidacy exams soon
All events on Zoom
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Time to Graduate! Your Guide to the Final Semester

For all graduate students planning to graduate this summer
All events on Zoom
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Summer 2023 Graduation Application Open Now

Apply by Friday, May 26 in GRADFORMS

  • Schedule an appointment with your faculty advisor.
  • Review program plan/degree audit making sure you meet all requirements for graduation.
  • Use your program plan/degree audit to guide your discussion during appointment.
  • Register and pay for 3 graduate credit hours.
  • Make sure that you have no missing grades, incompletes, EN grades or holds on your account.
  • Submit your program plan to the student services office via email at
  • Based on graduation review/clearance, your application to graduate is either approved or denied in GRADFORMS.

All PhD and EdD students

  • Submit signed program plans and annual reviews via email at
  • Email confirmations can be used in lieu of signatures for students and advisors.
  • All course substitutions will need to be taken care of before submitting your program plan and annual reviews. You will need to let student services know in advance what courses were approved to be taken. Documentation/approval from your advisor for the substitution must be on file in the student services office.
  • Final semester procedures for doctoral students can be found on the Graduate School web site for procedures for your final semester.

All MA, MLT and EdS students 

  • Submit one of the following via email at A) Program plan or B) PDF version of Degree Audit. Students only need to submit one or the other. Learn how to run your degree here.
  • Email confirmations can be in lieu of signatures for students and advisors.
  • Degree Audit Only-Advisor Review is the only requirement that can be incomplete prior to submitting your audit; no other missing requirements should be on your audit.
  • All course substitutions will need to be taken care of before submitting your program plan/degree audit. You will need to let student services know in advance what courses were approved to be taken. Documentation/approval from your advisor for the substitution must be on file in the student services office.
  • Final semester procedures for master students can be found on the Graduate School web site for procedures for your final semester.

Dates to keep in mind

  • May 26, 2023  >> ONLINE Applications to Graduate. Final date set by Graduate School.
  • July 14, 2023 >> Master Examination Report Forms must be submitted electronically by the student’s advisors. Doctoral Examinations Report Forms must be completed and submitted electronically on or before the given date.
  • July 21, 2023 >> Approved thesis and dissertation documents (for PhD and Master’s with thesis option students) must be submitted and accepted. Students are encouraged to get the documents uploaded a day early in case they experience challenges with submissions.
  • August 6, 2023 >> Summer 2023 Commencement
  • August 21, 2023 >> End of Semester deadline

Congratulations to our 2023 Educational Studies Student Recognition Awards Recipients!

On April 10, 2023, we hosted the Educational Studies Student Recognition Awards. During the event, we recognized many of our outstanding students for their many achievements throughout the year and their entire time in our department. The awards were hosted by department chair Dr. Lori Patton Davis and associate chair Dr. Marc Guerrero. Thank you to all of the faculty who nominated students to be recognized and congratulations to all of our award recipients! See the full list of awards recipients below as well as pictures from the event. See all of our pictures from the event here.

Outstanding Graduate Student Leadership Award

This award honors one graduate student in Educational Studies in recognition of their outstanding service-based leadership to the college, university, and/or greater community. Recipient must have a demonstrated record of leadership that has been an impetus for positive change and/or have a significant impact on the college, university, or community.

Recipient: Danya Contractor (Counselor Education)

Graduate Teaching Award

This award recognizes the valuable contributions of a graduate student to teaching and pedagogy. Recipients must have a demonstrated record of excellence in course development and instruction.

Recipient: Rebecca Cepeda (Higher Education and Student Affairs)

Chair’s Award for Outstanding First Year Master’s/Specialist Student

This award recognizes a Master’s/Specialist student in their first year of study who exemplifies our department mission, vision, and values through their work in and out of the classroom.

Recipient: Gabriel Schepergerdes (Educational Administration)

Chair’s Award for Outstanding First Year Doctoral Student

This award recognizes a Doctoral student in their first year of study who exemplifies our department mission, vision, and values through their work in and out of the classroom.

In lieu of a video, Dr. Ana-Paula Correia submitted comments to recognize Mimi:

“It’s my pleasure to present Mimi Adjei the Chair’s Award for Outstanding First-Year Student. Mimi is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Learning Technologies program. During her first year in the program, she has accomplished much, as reported here. As a former Math teacher, Mimi volunteers to tutor Math for students from underrepresented groups. She is also engaged in advocacy work with the Diverse Design Collective; a group focused on participatory educational initiatives for underrepresented communities.

Mimi presented at the EHE Research Forum in February 2023 on the topic of Learning Analytics. She serves as a co-investigator on a research project that looks at teacher presence in online education. She is about to complete the data collection for this project and will spend part of her summer writing an article with her team. Mimi wants to conduct research that crosses the traditional boundaries of Learning Technologies. As a result, she has been recently admitted to the Usability and User Experience in Health Care certificate program that she will be working on in parallel with her Ph.D.

We, as the Educational Studies department, are extremely happy to have Mimi with us, and we wish her the best as she continues her studies. Congratulations, Mimi Adjei!”

Recipient: Mimi Adjei (Learning Technologies)

Chair’s Award for Commitment to Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice

This award recognizes a student who exemplifies the department’s commitment to promoting equity, inclusion, and social justice through their research, teaching, and service. Nominated students should embody the department’s values of collaboration and respectful dialogue about social equity issues and practicing leadership to address systemic issues of educational equity.

Recipient: Debbie Jones (Educational Policy)

Student Service Awards

These awards recognize students who exemplify a spirit of service to the department through their contributions outside the classroom. These students demonstrated their care for supporting all students in the department through their efforts.

Creating Connections Student Service Award: DeQuindre Hughes

Creating Connections Student Service Award: Debbie Jones

Creating Connections Student Service Award: Sangeun Lee

Creating Connections Student Service Award: Alan Sells

Graduate Studies Committee Student Service Award: Huy Nguyen

Program Awards

These awards recognize students in each of our academic programs for their tremendous academic accomplishments. Through their academics, scholarship, research, and other accomplishments, these students exemplify the mission, vision, and values of our department.

Program Awards for Counselor Education

Outstanding Doctoral Student: Sarah Henry

Sarah Henry

Outstanding Master’s/Specialist Student: Julia Hargrove

Julia Hargrove

Program Awards for Educational Administration

Outstanding Doctoral Student: Hadley Bachman

Outstanding Master’s/Specialist Student: Dalton Maynard

Program Awards for Educational Policy

Outstanding Doctoral Student: Debbie Jones

Outstanding Master’s/Specialist Student: Brenda Rojas

Program Awards for Educational Psychology

Outstanding Doctoral Student: Manisha Nagpal

Outstanding Master’s/Specialist Student: DeVaughn Croxton

Program Awards for Higher Education and Student Affairs

Outstanding Doctoral Student: Musbah Shaheen

Outstanding Master’s/Specialist Student: Janiece Piolet

Program Awards for Learning Technologies

Outstanding Doctoral Student: Fan Xu

Outstanding Master’s/Specialist Student: Lauren Bergman

Program Awards for Philosophy and History of Education

Outstanding Doctoral Student: Filiz Oskay

Outstanding Master’s/Specialist Student: Katie O’Keefe

Program Awards for Special Education

Outstanding Doctoral Student: Hoda Hashemi

Outstanding Master’s/Specialist Student: Hannah Rogers

Program Awards for Workforce Development and Education

Outstanding Doctoral Student: Felix Quayson

Outstanding Master’s/Specialist Student: Scott Hockenbery

Upcoming Summer Workshops

Preparing Future Faculty
Job Search Strategies for the Professoriate

If you are pursuing a doctorate and are close to graduation and want a career in higher education in the professoriate, join us this summer for a remote workshop series that will walk you through the process, from where to search for a faculty position to how to apply, interview, and negotiate your job offer. If you are interested, complete an application form. We have limited spots available.

June 20 2023
2:30 – 4 p.m.

Faculty Job Search

June 22 2023
2:30 – 4 p.m.

Cover Letter and Vita

July 11 2023
2:30 – 4 p.m.

DEIJ Statement

July 13 2023
2:30 – 4 p.m.

Teaching Statement

July 18 2023
2:30 – 4 p.m.

Research Statement

July 20 2023
2:30 – 4 p.m.

Alumni Fire

July 25 2023
2:30 – 4 p.m.


July 27 2023
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Salary Negotiation


Apply to Participate!

To participate in this workshop series an application is required as there are limited spaces seats available. Students accepted into the program may only miss one meeting.
To apply, please send the information to Assistant Dean of Graduate Development and Engagement, Dr. Karin Jordan
  • Name
  • College
  • Program Name
  • Expected Graduation Date
  • Ability to make a 90% commitment to attend the workshops – Yes or No

Reminders for Ed Studies Students Graduating this Spring

Spring 2023 commencement is fast approaching! In order to ensure you are able to participate in graduation events it is important to follow the university’s Final Semester Procedures and Timelines and graduation calendar to make sure you don’t miss any important deadlines.

Examinations and reports on examinations and documents must be completed by next Friday, April 14. This includes approval from all committee members, so please ensure they are aware and provide their responses promptly.

PhD students and Masters students pursuing a thesis option must have their final document submitted and accepted by Friday, April 21. The documents must be submitted via OhioLink.

If you miss these deadlines, you have until Monday, May 8 to have everything submitted and approved in time for the End-of-Semester deadline. By doing this, your official graduation will move to Summer, but you will not be required to apply for graduation again or register for any courses during the Summer term. End-of-Semester students who complete all requirements for graduation before Wednesday, May 3 are invited to participate the Education and Human Ecology Commencement Ceremony on May 3, but will not be able to receive their diploma or officially graduate until summer term.

Finally, make sure to RSVP to attend the Education and Human Ecology Commencement Ceremony by Monday, April 17. The college-specific event will be held on Wednesday, May 3 at Mershon Auditorium. If you did not receive an email invitation and will be graduating this Spring, please contact Ryan Provost. We also encourage you to keep up with information about Ohio State’s commencement on Sunday, May 7.

If you’re no longer able to graduate in Spring or meet the End-of-Semester deadline and need to move to a Summer graduation, you’ll want to do the following:

  • Email to cancel/withdraw your application for Spring.
  • Register for 3 credit hours for Summer (pay tuition and fees).
  • Re-apply for Summer 2023 Graduation by the 3rd Friday of the term.

Please reach out to the Educational Studies Office of Student Services and Graduate Studies with any questions at

Graduate Student Appreciation Week is April 3-7!

The EHE Graduate Student Advisory Council as well as all three EHE departments are sponsoring events for Graduate Student Appreciation Week, April 3-7! Help us show appreciation to our graduate students throughout the week by taking a few minutes to send a message of gratitude here:

Additionally, EHE graduate students can participate in the following opportunities:

  • Art Therapy
    (April 5, 4-5 p.m., PAES 109)

    • Graduate students can meet members of the EHE Graduate Student Advisory Council and enjoy an art therapy workshop, including a guided meditation and opportunity to be creative through different art mediums, such as paints for rocks, canvas, clay posts, and magnets, loom, coloring, paracord braiding, yarn crafts, bracelet braiding, and Legos. Registration is limited to the first 30 students who register.
      Registration Link:
  • Professional Headshots
    (April 4, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and April 5, 2-4 p.m., Ramseyer 016)

    • Graduate students enrolled in EHE are welcome to stop by the studio in Ramseyer 016 for a free headshot. Headshots are on a first come, first serve basis within the time frame, so please plan accordingly. For more information on how to prepare for a professional headshot, please visit
  • Appreciation Gift
    (April 5 and 6, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Ramseyer 122 or PAES A342)

Graduate students can stop by our SSGS offices during the times listed to pick up an appreciation gift. Gifts are limited and will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Students cannot email or call our office to reserve their gift.

The EHE–Apple Creative Educator Academy needs a few awesome students!

As many of you know, the Learning Technologies program is affiliated with the new Center for Technology and Innovation ( of which the EHE–Apple Creative Educator Academy is a signature program ( and scroll down for a brief program description.

If you are in need of a 3-hour class (i.e., an Independent Study with Dr. Tray) for the summer 2023, fall 2023 or, spring 2024 and have interest in getting real-world experience, this may be the opportunity for you! Students who enroll would be part of a team that designs and delivers professional learning and technology integration coaching to groups of practicing educators who are exploring creative, innovative, and technology-engaged solutions in their settings. There are opportunities for students to participate fully remotely or do some combination of remote and in-person work.

We’re hoping to recruit students with an interest/background in STEM education, Career Technical Education, technology integration, K12 online/hybrid learning, creativity/innovation/change in schools/education, and teacher professional learning/coaching. To let me know of your interest, please complete this form:

I look forward to hearing from you!

Dr. Tray Stuckey (
Program Director
Clinical Associate Professor, Learning Technologies
Co-Director, Center for Technology & Innovation
Director, EHE-Apple Creative Educator Academy

Below is a brief description of the CEA program:

The Creative Educator Academy (CEA) is a year-long professional learning (PL) experience designed to expose educators to innovative thinking and creativity in educational problem-solving with an emphasis on STEAM (Code + Create) and hybrid learning. Ohio State is providing hardware, scholarships and professional learning and support in collaboration with Apple as part of its Community Education Initiative.

The program is open to ALL educators–classroom teachers, educational support professionals, and educational administrators. Using design thinking (Stanford’s model) as a guiding framework, we aim to train educators in the following foundational areas:​

  • Learning design & technology integration to transform instruction​ and student support initiatives
  • Data-driven educational planning​
  • Educational risk-taking and creativity​
  • Challenge-based learning
  • Evaluating instructional, learning, and school culture outcomes​
  • Use of Mac OS and iOS tools and apps​ to support educational improvement
  • Additional topics include, but are not limited to: Coding, visual design, media design, and use of Apple apps for assessment, student support, teaching for inclusion, family/community outreach, and school culture initiatives.​

Spring 2023 2nd Session Course Opportunity: ESEPOL 8895 Race, Gender, Sexuality and Educational Policy

ESEPOL 8895 is a graduate seminar course exploring the intersections of Race, Gender, Sexuality and Educational Policy. The course will investigate how teacher educators, especially Black queer educators and other marginalized groups manage a commitment to educational equity and social justice in their research, teaching, advocacy, and mere existence. We will discuss the attacks against Critical Race Theory and diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice work and how educational policies shape what can and cannot be taught.


Course Number: 8895
Credits: 3 credits
Second Term, Spring Semester (March 1 – April 24)
Instruction Mode: Asynchronous
For more information, please contact—Dr. Leslie K. Morrow at

Photo of Dr. Leslie Morrow, course instructor

Racial Battle Fatigue

Please join us as we welcome Dr. William A. Smith (University of Utah), who will discuss his racial battle fatigue framework and its impact on policymakers. Dr. Smith is visiting Ohio State as part of a collaboration between the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, the College of Education and Human Ecology (EHE), and the College of Social Work.

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Kirwan Forum: The Impact of Racial Battle Fatigue Among Advocates and Policy Makers

February 23, 2023
12-1:30 p.m.
The Kirwan Institute, room 101 or Zoom

Racial Battle Fatigue: A Conversation on Allyship

February 23, 2023
4-5 p.m.
Stillman Hall 115 or Zoom

Racial equity is everyone’s work! This community conversation offers a critical examination of supportive allyship and identifies strategies to mitigate interpersonal and systemic racial stressors.

Navigating the Impact of Racial Battle Fatigue: Empowering Faculty as Allies and Mentors for Students

February 24, 2023
10-11:15 a.m. (meet and greet 11:15-12:15 p.m.)
RPAC meeting room 3 or Zoom

Racial Battle Fatigue is a concept that describes the negative psychological and emotional impact of racial microaggressions and discrimination on racially minoritized people. This presentation delves into the historical foundations of the concept and offers strategies for addressing it. Faculty will learn how to empower students as allies and mentors and discover ways to support students and improve their academic experience. EHE will also be hosting a meet and greet (11:15-12:15).

Speaker bio:

Dr. William A. Smith is is the Chief Executive Administrator at the Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI) in the School of Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry. He is also a full professor and former department chair of Education, Culture & Society at the University of Utah. He coined the term Racial Battle Fatigue: the cumulative emotional, psychological, physiological, and behavioral effects of racial micro-level and macro-level aggressions (microaggressions and macroaggressions) on racialized Targets of White Supremacy. He summarizes this definition by saying it is a systemic race-related repetitive stress injury.