Special Education, PhD

The Special Education specialization is designed for individuals who aspire to have leadership, teaching, and/or research positions in the field of Special Education. The purpose of the program is to develop leaders who have the vision, passion, and skill to contribute significantly to the development of Special Education.

The doctoral program prepares you for career positions in community, state, and government agencies; classroom teaching, and personnel preparation positions. Although the program orientation is non-categorical, you will have the opportunity to develop expertise in one category of exceptionality (i.e., Specific Learning Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, Emotional and/or Behavioral Disorders, or Autism) by completing the Seminars in ESE, the elective course(s), and the dissertation.

At a Glance

This program requires that you complete a minimum of 54 post-master's credits which are acceptable to the faculty advisor and the program chair. These credits are distributed as follows: