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Doctoral Degree in Special Education

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Jan Janz, Ph.D.
Graduate Coordinator
Office: ED 246

Doctor of Philosophy in Special Education

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree offered in the Department of Special Education and Habilitative Services incorporates innovative approaches in leadership training. Candidates enrolled in the program address critical issues through course work and field experiences. Primarily, courses are divided among the following areas:

  • Area of Concentration in Special Education (minimum of 36 credit hours)
  • Research (minimum of 18 credit hours)
  • Minor area of study related to Special Education (minimum of 18 credit hours)

In addition to completing formal coursework, candidates gain performance-based competencies through participation in a variety of professional activities which occur in both university and field settings. Competencies are addressed across the three leadership areas of research, personnel preparation, and systems intervention. Throughout the program of study, each candidate maintains a professional portfolio of the various products and artifacts resulting from experiences conducted within the doctoral program. Candidates must pass portfolio-based Qualifying and Generals Examinations to proceed to the final stage of the program, writing the dissertation.

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Admission Requirements

The prospective doctoral candidates applying for the program must complete the following:

  • the general portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • a grade point average of at least 2.5 in undergraduate work and 3.0 in graduate work
  • a resume, three letters of recommendation, and a statement of interest

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