Ph.D. Special Education

Dr. Minyi Dennis, Special Education
Dr. Minyi Dennis, Special Education

This 60-credit degree program is designed for the college graduate who holds a master’s degree in special education or a related area and who is interested in pursuing advanced studies in special education. This degree program prepares students for careers in educational leadership in higher education as teacher trainers, consultants, and researchers.

This post-master's degree program is individualized and emphasizes applied research, faculty-student mentoring, and the development of professional competencies such as writing for publication, college teaching, grant writing, and program administration.

Students select a faculty mentor who has expertise in their area of interest and work closely with them to:

  • develop skills and expertise in all aspects of research, including formulating research ideas, carrying out procedures, summarizing results, and preparing findings for publication,
  • present at national, state, regional, and local conferences,
  • supervise preservice teachers.
Doctoral Core (12 credits)    
SCHP 496  Doctoral Seminar in School Psychology and/or SPED 490 Doctoral Seminar in Special Education 3
Research Core (18 credits)    
EDUC 410    Univariate Statistical Models 3
EDUC 408  Introduction to Statistics 3
EDUC 409 Analysis of Experimental Data 3
EDUC 461 Single-Subject Research Design 3
SCHP 473 Advanced Research Methods in Applied Psychology 1-3
SPED 495 Independent Study in Special Education  1-6
  Other courses with approval of adviser.    
Special Education Major Core (15 credits)  
  Choose from special education courses or independent studies in special interest areas with approval of adviser.     15
Related Areas (9 credits) 
EDUC 471  Diversity and Multicultural Perspectives 3
  Other courses with approval of adviser.   6
  Supervised mentored experiences such as college teaching, student teaching supervision, writing for publication, participation in research projects, presentations at national conferences, grant writing, or educational leadership in schools and community. 6

Course descriptions can be found in the course catalog.

Application Requirements & Deadlines