Special Field

The Special Field is similar to the General Field, except that the Special Field represents a narrower topic and prepares you to justify your dissertation research questions and the contribution that your dissertation research will make.

This page and the related Admin updates will guide you through the process of identifying your Special Field of interest and identifying literature associated with your Special Field. This seminar will culminate in a literature review that you will then submit for your Special Field Qualifying Examination.


Refer to the General Field Workshop presentation for a reminder of key principles.

Assignments and Examination

Community Updates

Admin Updates with a prefix of 2

Individual and Peer Updates

  • Make your own Updates based on the prompts of the Admin Updates
  • Comment on at least 3 other peers’ updates with the focus on helping your peers improve their work

EDS Survey

  • Complete the latest iteration of the EDS Survey
Manuscript Milestones

Write a Literature Review, as outlined in the admin updates referred to above.

  • Your Special Field Literature Review should be a deep examination of your special field of interest. It should demonstrate that you have a wide understanding of the special field. It should address the theories, debates, challenges, findings, etc. as reported by the literature. It should not be a summary of what you know, think, or conclude.
  • Be sure to follow the Literature Review Guidance and tips outlined in our General Field presentation.


  • Duplicate the most recent version of your General Field Literature Review to begin working on your Special Field Literature Review.
    • You can not re-submit an existing work. By duplicating a work, you are creating a copy that can then be routed for peer review
    • Be sure to change the full title of your work to reflect that this is the Special Field (along with a brief topical title)
  • Once your work is ready for peer review, you request to connect it to the LDL Doctoral Dissertation Sequence publisher
  • You earn a grade for the seminar once your work has been approved for peer review. See below for examination details
  • After peer review, submit a Word version to Dr. Francis
  • Upon approval from Dr. Francis, submit a Word version to Dr. Kalantzis and copy Dr. Francis
  • Dr. Kalantzis will approve you to proceed to examination

See Also


The work that will be assessed by your committee members for the examination will be the final peer reviewed work of that seminar, after you have completed necessary revisions based on peer review and then advisor feedback. Once you have completed the final deliverables of a particular course, complete the College of Education’s Qualifying Exam Information form indicating your desired exam(s).