Doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in special education
The doctor of philosophy in educational psychology (special education) leads primarily to careers in research, university teaching and service to educational settings in special education.
The program trains graduates to address problems related to the full development of individuals with disabilities and their families. Intensive course-related learning and guided experiences prepare students to assume professional leadership.
- Admission to the program.
Choosing a specialization
Specializations are available within special education. We recommend that you choose a specialization based on the faculty member whose research is most interesting to you. Please take some time to examine faculty research projects. We encourage you to contact the appropriate faculty member for more information regarding your research interests.
27 educational psychology core course credits
- 12 credits in statistics & measurement
- 3 credits in learning
- 3 credits in social psychology or personality
- 3 credits in foundations — EPSY 8905
- 6 credits in research methods — EPSY 5216 and 8694
12 special education course credits
- 6 credits — EPSY 8701 and 8702
- 6 credits from additional 86xx or 87xx offerings
Additional coursework as determined appropriate by advisor in consultation with the student.
12 credits in a supporting program; if claiming a minor, follow the specific requirements of chosen program
24 thesis credits
Minor requirements for students majoring in other fields
A doctoral minor requires at least 15 credits of graduate-level EPSY courses, of which at least 9 credits must be in 8xxx courses. Course selection is determined in consultation with the Educational Psychology committee member.