This course serves as an early check point of students' ability to continue pursuits of doctoral study. This course is to be taken in the same semester as the course EDUC 738 Academic Writing: Critical Issues in Education. During this course, students will select the early review committee, which is the potential dissertation committee. Working with the committee, students will complete the literature review that lays the foundation for their dissertation. Along with the written product, there is an oral defense of the project. Students will be permitted to continue the program after successfully passing the early review.