Each candidate must submit a proposal to write a dissertation. The proposal approval process involves a series of specific steps. First, the candidate confers with the Dissertation Advisory Committee Chair until they can agree on a potential topic. Once the candidate and Chair agree on a topic and a draft of the proposal is completed, the Chair schedules a proposal meeting with the full Dissertation Advisory Committee. At this point, the committee may approve, modify, or disapprove the proposal. The candidate must continue to work on the proposal until it has been approved by all committee members. After the proposal has been approved by the full committee, it is forwarded to the Director of the Doctoral Program, the Department Chair, and the Dean of the School of Education for approval.