Special Education

Program Objectives:

The doctoral program in Special Education is designed for candidates who desire to continue their education as educators and scholars prepared for leadership roles in the area of special education in public or private institutions. This program develops special education experts who can design, implement, evaluate, and manage programs in a variety of public and private settings. The goals of doctoral study in this program are to develop the abilities for research and critical thinking in the field of special education, with a theoretical and practical knowledge; to develop competency in special education leadership, curriculum modification and program evaluation; to improve understanding of the needs of families as it relates to special services; to understand the role of advocacy in supporting key stakeholders; and to support and lead reform and change efforts related to teacher development in special education.

Program Requirements:

  • Application to and admission into the Special Education doctoral program
  • Successful completion of 61 credit hours (Ed.D) or 67 credit hours (Ph.D)
  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Dissertation

Areas of Study:

Ed.D. Course Track

Course Title
EDL 6250 Special Education Law and Policy
EDL 7140 Organizational Change
EDL 7120 Research Based Decision Making
SPED 6375 Supervision of Programs for Children with Disabilities
FPR 7011 Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Leadership
EDL 7210 Policy Analysis
EDL 6310 Schools, Families and Trends in Special Education
SPED 7XXX Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
EDL 7300 Ethics for Educational Leaders
SPED 7XXX Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities
SPED 7XXX Current Issues and Trends in Special Education
GME 6300 Introduction to Grants
RES 7605 Quantitative Analysis
RES 7700 Qualitative Analysis
SPED 7XXX Seminar in Low Incidence Disabilities
SPED 7XXX Seminar in High Incidence Disabilities
RES 7900 Research Design
COMP 7000 Comprehensive Examination (fee-based)
DISS 7010 Dissertation
DISS 7020 Dissertation
DISS 7030 Dissertation
DISS 8000* Dissertation Supervision (as needed, fee-based)*

Ph.D. Course Track

Course Title
EDL 6250 Special Education Law and Policy
EDL 7140 Organizational Change/td>
EDL 7120 Research Based Decision Making
SPED 6375 Supervision of Programs for Children with Disabilities
FPR 7300 Philosophy of Scientific Knowledge
EDL 7210 Policy Analysis
EDL 6310 Schools, Families and Trends in Special Education
SPED 7XXX Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
EDL 7300 Ethics for Educational Leaders
SPED 7XXX Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities
SPED 7XXX Current Issues and Trends in Special Education
GME 6300 Introduction to Grants
RES 7605 Quantitative Analysis
RES 7700 Qualitative Analysis
SPED 7XXX Seminar in Low Incidence Disabilities
SPED 7XXX Seminar in High Incidence Disabilities
RES 7800 Mixed Methods Research
RES 7600
OR
RES 7620
OR
RES 7710
Survey Research
OR
Advanced Topics in Statistics
OR
Advanced Topics in Qualitative Analysis
RES 7900 Research Design
COMP 7000 Comprehensive Examination (fee-based)
DISS 7010 Dissertation
DISS 7020 Dissertation
DISS 7030 Dissertation
DISS 8000* Dissertation Supervision (as needed, fee-based)*

* Students must register for DISS 8000 repeatedly (as needed) to maintain continuous enrollment until program completion.