Having passed the Specialization Examination, you will write a dissertation research proposal that is 20-25 pages long (excluding references and appendices) and resembles the kind of proposal that might be submitted to a potential funding agency. The literature review in the proposal must be focused and selective, and the focus will be on the rationale for the study, the research questions, the research design, and the data collection and analysis procedures. The data collection and analysis procedures must be specified in considerable detail.
A complete strong draft of the proposal will be presented to the entire Reading Department faculty for critique and substantive feedback. Your committee must approve this proposal for presentation before you can submit it to the department. You must revise the proposal as your committee deems necessary and the committee must approve the final proposal. The committee cannot evaluate the proposal until the Specialization Examination has been passed.