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Special Education: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Program Description

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in special education is ninety-nine (99) hours above the bachelor's degree. Candidates in the program acquire deeper and broader skills and knowledge of the field of special education. Doctoral level classes emphasize current research-based theories and practice designed to prepare candidates for leadership positions in special education.

Doctoral degree graduates complete a program of study that requires a minimum of 99 graduate hours of coursework post bachelors, which includes 18 hours of dissertation. A minimum of 30 hours above the master's degree must be taken at The University of Mississippi. These hours do not include dissertation hours. In addition, the graduate must successfully complete and orally defend a dissertation representing independent and original research. Each doctoral graduate will complete 75 clock hours of field-based learning opportunities and successfully complete a written comprehensive examination.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the program must meet these requirements:

  • 3.5 GPA on all previous graduate coursework
  • 2 years teaching or relevant experience (letter from employer on letterhead)
  • Competitive GRE score
  • Master's degree
  • Hold or eligible to hold a valid teaching License in the content or related area
  • Admissions statement/Writing sample
  • Two (2) Graduate Reference Forms
  • Preliminary written exam and interview

Application deadlines:

  • March 1 (summer and fall admission)

See the Graduate Handbook for information on completing the application process.

Career Opportunities

Graduates in the Ph.D. program in special education may assume positions as faculty at other universities, or serve the public special education arena as more knowledgeable teachers, curriculum coordinators or administrators.

Online/Regional Campus Options

Many courses for the Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Special Education are offered at the regional campuses.

For More Information

Sharon Clemmer
Graduate Activities Assistant
Department of Teacher Education
School of Education
The University of Mississippi
336 Guyton Hall
University, MS 38677
(662) 915-5986
(662) 915-6718 Fax
sclemmer@olemiss.edu


Denise A. Soares
Assistant Professor of Special Education, Special Education Program Coordinator
Department of Teacher Education
School of Education
The University of Mississippi
335 Guyton Hall
University, MS 38677
(662) 915-5753
(662) 915-6718 Fax
dasoares@olemiss.edu