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

Program Description

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education with emphasis in Special Education is a 69-hour program of study that prepares students for academic positions in universities and research institutions as well as leadership positions in districts. The program offers challenging coursework grounded in the field's most current evidence and the latest advancements in research methodologies. Students receive specialized coursework in special education practices and related issues. Additional core competencies are designed to enhance student competence in research, writing, and college teaching.

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)
  • NOTE REGARDING ADMISSION APPLICATIONS FOR 2020 SUMMER SESSION AND 2020 FALL SEMESTER: Due to COVID-19 precautions, standardized examinations, including the GRE, are suspended for admission applications submitted for the 2020 Summer Session and 2020 Fall Semester.
  • 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 with emphasis 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

The Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Special Education is only offered at the Oxford campus.

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