Special Education: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
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.
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
- Hold AA License (or eligibility for) in the content or related area
- Admissions statement/Writing sample
- Preliminary written exam and interview
- Two (2) Graduate Reference Forms
- March 1 (summer and fall admission)
See the Graduate Handbook for information on completing the application process.
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
Graduate Activities Assistant
Department of Teacher Education
School of Education
The University of Mississippi
336 Guyton Hall
University, MS 38677
(662) 915-6718 Fax