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To ensure the quality of the program students will complete a qualifying examination after their fifth semester and upon the completion of all the STEM education core courses. The qualifying examination will have three components:

1 Paper 1 – a common examination question for all students based on a topic from the STEM education core courses.
2 Paper 2 - an individualized examination question, written by the student’s advisor, based upon a student’s dissertation research area
3 An oral presentation and defense of the two papers