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.
Funding for PhD Students
The National Center for Leadership in Intensive Intervention (NCLII), a new consortium funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), will prepare special education leaders to become experts in research on intensive intervention for students with disabilities who have persistent and severe academic (e.g., reading and math) and behavioral difficulties. The project is currently recruiting applicants to begin doctoral study in special education in Fall 2015.
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.
24 educational psychology core course credits
- 9 credits in statistics & measurement
- 9 credits: 3 (in at least two areas):
- Social psychology or personality
- 6 credits in research methods — EPSY 8215 and 8706
21 special education course credits
- 6 credits - EPSY 8701 and 8702
- 3 credits - EPSY 8694 Special Education Research Methods
- 3 credits - EPSY 8600 Grant Writing
- 9 credits - from additional 86xx or 87xx offerings (8707 and 8708 recommended, but not required)
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.