Special Education, Ph.D.
The Ph.D. in Special Education is intended for students interested in special education, deaf education, or early intervention. The program requires a minimum of 69 credit hours beyond the master’s degree, and it emphasizes four areas: generating knowledge to help shape the future of the field; sharing knowledge with others so that they can understand it and use it to improve their practice; facilitating strong professional relationships through collaboration; and creating, interpreting, and implementing special education policy and procedures. Students in the SES doctoral program are required to successfully complete all listed course work. Additional course requirements are determined on an individual basis and in consultation with the student’s major advisor and advisory/dissertation committee.
For information regarding deadlines and requirements for admission, please see the Guide to Graduate Admissions.
In addition to the application materials required by The Graduate School, applicants must submit a resume and a personal statement of goals, past experience and unique skills. Applicants must have three years of related professional experience.
Degree Program Requirements
Required: 69-81 credit hours
|Doctoral Seminars in Special Education (15 credits)|
|SES 753||Issues and Trends in Special Education||3|
|SES 755||Critical Review of Special Education Literature||3|
|SES 757||School Reform and Leadership in Special Education||3|
|SES 758||History and Future of Specialized Education||3|
|SES 759||Grant Writing in Special Education||3|
|Research/Inquiry (27-30 credits)|
|SES 760||Single Subject Research Design||3|
|SES 765||Advanced Qualitative Research for Specialized Education and Related Professionals||3|
|SES 775||Directed Research 1||3-6|
|ERM 780||Intermediate Statistical Methods in Education||3|
|ERM 781||Design and Analysis of Educational Experiments||3|
|ERM XXX||A third quantitative methods course (3 credits) 2||3|
|TED 730||Qualitative Methods in Curriculum and Instruction||3|
|TED 738||Mixed Methods Research Design in Curriculum and Instruction||3|
|TED XXX||A second qualitative methods course (3 credits) 2||3|
|Professional Practice (6-12 credits)|
|SES 761||Coaching and Supervision of Teaching & Learning (required)||3|
|SES 763||College Teaching & Adult Learning Theory (required)||3|
|ERM 741||Evaluation of Educational Programs (optional)||3|
|ERM 752||Applied Educational Evaluation (optional)||3|
|Specialization (9-12 credits) 3|
|Select a minimum of 6 credits from courses in a related area of interest||6-9|
|SES 749||Internship in Specialized Education||3|
|Dissertation (12 credits) 4|
|Total Credit Hours||69-81|
May be repeated once.
Selected with advice and approval of the student's doctoral committee members.
Students are expected to work closely with the major advisor and advisory/dissertation committee members to identify a set of courses in a related area of interest that forms a specialization, including an internship. This course work may be in the areas of counseling, educational leadership, teacher education, early childhood, family studies, psychology, or others.
Each candidate for a doctoral degree must prepare and present a dissertation that focuses on some aspect of special education, that is, in one of the three areas noted above (early childhood, special education, deaf education). This product must demonstrate independent investigation and a synthesis of the skills learned in the program. The dissertation must be acceptable in form and content to the student’s dissertation committee and The Graduate School.
- Residency (Immersion)
- Plan of Study
- First Year Review
- Research Competency
- Comprehensive Exam (Written & Oral)
- Dissertation Proposal
- Admission to Candidacy
- Dissertation Defense
- Filing the Final Approved Dissertation
General information about milestones for doctoral programs is available in Section III of the Graduate Policies page in the University Catalog. For information about how milestones are accomplished for a specific program, please refer to the doctoral program's handbook.