Special Education: Doctoral Program

Doctoral students presenting to Assistant Secretary of Special Education Yudin

Doctoral students presenting to Assistant Secretary of Special Education Special Education

Application for Fall 2018 Admission was due March 1, 2018.

The School of Teacher Preparation, Administration and Leadership offers two doctoral degrees in Special Education: Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). There is also a specialization/concentration offered in Bilingual/Multicultural Special Education and Autism  Spectrum Disorders.

The School is committed to preparing professionals in the areas of teaching, research, service, and leadership positions. All students within this program are trained to conduct independent research, become critical/independent thinkers, and embrace the notion of diversity. Upon completion of the doctorate the student will be able to inform policies that promote the well-being of all individuals with exceptionalities at the local, community, societal, and global levels.

  • Degrees

    The Special Education Component is pleased to offer two different, but equally rigorous, pathways (a Ph.D. or an Ed.D.). The two degrees can be differentiated in this way: a potential candidate seeks to drive educational change through either the use of existing research (Ed.D.) or the creation of new research (Ph.D.). Additionally, there are two areas of specialization: Bilingual/Multicultural Special Education and Autism Spectrum Disorders. A student may also choose to minor in a related area such as Communication Disorders and must work carefully with an advisor to plan a program of study if a minor is desired.

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  • Admission

    Doctoral admission is competitive. To maximize consideration for admittance, applications must be submitted by February 10 for admission in the following semester. Admissions decisions are made based on evaluation of the student’s potential for success in research, teaching, and service to the profession. Requirements include the following:

    1. Completed Graduate school admission application.
    2. Letter of Intent that explains professional goals and area of research interest.
    3. Complete transcripts from all post-secondary educational experiences, with notation of a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree in a related field of study, and a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
    4. Scores from the Graduate Record Examination.
    5. Curriculum vitae or resume that includes at least 3 years prior (or continuing concurrent) direct and/or related teaching experience in an educational field.
    6. Email addresses by which the graduate school application system will contact three individuals who can provide letters of professional recommendation.
    7. Scholarly Writing Sample (10-15 page scholarly paper following APA guidelines about a current issue in the field of Special Education).
    8. A letter of support from a faculty member indicating an interest in fulfilling the role of advisor.
    9. For international students with English language testing requirements, TOEFL results of at least 79 IBT; 550 PBT or IELTS scores of at least 6.5.

    Additional documentation as required by the Special Education Component:

    • Letter of Intent (professional goals, research interest)
    • Three letters of reference (from individuals that can evaluate your potential to complete doctoral studies)
    • Curriculum Vita (current)
    • Scholarly Writing Sample (10-15 scholarly paper following APA guidelines about a current issue in the field of Special Education)

    Upon completion of the required paperwork the Special Education faculty will meet in order to review the potential doctorate student’s application, make a decision regarding the capability of the student ‘s potential for doctoral studies, his/her research interest and ability to write and convey some pedagogical knowledge in the field of Special Education.