The ProgramThe doctoral specialization in Exceptional Education emphasizes collaborative work between students and faculty toward examining and addressing critical issues in the field within the urban context.
While the expertise and interests of our faculty and students vary greatly, focus areas include:
- Teacher education
- Cultural diversity in education
- Early childhood intervention
- Assistive technology
- Curriculum accommodation & collaboration
- Transition to young adulthood
- Deaf education
- School reform and special education administration
Application DeadlineRolling admission: completed application file required 6 weeks prior to semester you wish to enter the program.
Program RequirementsThe doctoral program of study is influenced greatly by the student's goals and interests in the field of special education. Students take advanced coursework in exceptional education and related areas such as policy, research, teacher education and curriculum development. In addition, students declare an area of interest that may be within exceptional education or may have a cross-disciplinary focus. The student and advisors work together to develop an individualized program that incorporates breadth as well as depth of study with the over goal of positioning the doctoral candidate to make a significant contribution to the field.
The student must meet all of the program requirements of the Urban Education Doctoral Program including:
Urban Education Doctoral Seminars (minimum 9 credits)
- EDUC 701 - Urban Education Issues
- AD LDSP 801 - Urban Education: Doctoral Seminar in Administrative Leadership
- EDUC 901 - Advanced Seminar in Urban Education
- ED PSY 724 - Educational Statistical Methods II (prerequisite is ED PSY 624 and ED PSY )
- AD LDSP/CURRINS 729 - Qualitative Research and Field Studies in Education Settings
- At least nine credits of additional advanced level coursework (800 or above) from either a qualitative or quantitative track.
- Option A: 8 or more credits in a single department outside of the School of Education.
- Option B: 6 or more credits in each of two departments, with at least one department outside of the school.
- A minimum of 9 specializations courses drawn from the Master's program
- A minimum of 15 additional credits beyond the Master's degree in a special education area of interest (e.g., cultural diversity and special education; advanced studies in learning disabilities; assistive technology; teacher education; literacy and students with disabilities)
- Complete teaching, research and service professional development activities as outlined by student and major professor and approved by the Department Graduate Committee and the Urban Education Doctoral Program.