Doctor of Education in the Field of Special Education
Addressing the challenging demands of disability in society through institutional improvements is essential to supporting individuals with disabilities.
The doctor of education in the field of special education degree program prepares individuals determined to transform educational and social institutions into inclusive environments through relevant and rigorous research in order to improve the lives of all persons with disabilities. Included in the course sequence are leadership, policy and research courses, as well as foundational courses in brain development from early childhood through adulthood.
The doctor of education in the field of special education degree program has a unique emphasis on developmental science research and how to interpret and apply it to the field of special education. Students study structural and functional changes in the brain, examine cognitive processing, and consider the implications of those findings for teaching, learning, and educational policy. Graduates leave prepared to have an impact through leadership in academic settings, research communities, policy institutions, and advocacy organizations.
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The following requirements must be fulfilled:
60 credits, including 15 credits in foundation courses, a minimum 15 credits in research courses including 3 credits in advanced research, 6 credits in internship courses, a minimum 15 credits in dissertation courses, 9 credits in elective courses, and successful completion of a comprehensive examination.
|Neuroscience Foundations (9 credits)|
|SPED 8305||Foundations of Neuroscience in Special Education|
|SPED 8306||Advanced Study in Development Science and Variance I: The Early Years|
|SPED 8310||Advanced Study in Development Science and Variance II: The Later Years|
|Leadership Foundations (6 credits)|
|SPED 8308||Preparation for the Professoriate in Special Education|
|SPED 8352||Disability and Public Policy|
|Research Tools (15 credits)|
|SPED 8304||Research and Trends in Special Education (Literature Review)|
|EDUC 6116||Introduction to Educational Statistics|
|EDUC 8120||Group Comparison Designs and Analyses|
|EDUC 8122||Qualitative Research Methods|
|Level B Advanced Research Elective; 3 credits chosen in consultation with advisor from the following|
|EDUC 8100||Experimental Courses|
|EDUC 8130||Survey Research Methods|
|EDUC 8131||Case Study Research Methods|
|EDUC 8140||Ethnographic Research Methods|
|EDUC 8142||Phenomenological Research Methods|
|EDUC 8144||Discourse Analysis|
|EDUC 8170||Educational Measurement|
|EDUC 8171||Predictive Designs and Analyses|
|EDUC 8172||Multivariate Analysis|
|EDUC 8173||Structural Equation Modeling|
|EDUC 8174||Hierarchical Linear Modeling|
|EDUC 8175||Item Response Theory|
|EDUC 8177||Assessment Engineering|
|SPED 8353||Post-Master’s Internship in Special Education|
|SPED 8354||Doctoral Internship: Special Education|
|9 credits in consultation with advisor from recommended list below|
|SPED 6299||Federal Education Policy Institute|
|SPED 8303||Administration and Supervision of Special Education|
|SPED 8311||Doctoral Proseminar: Scholarly Writing in Applied Settings|
|SPED 8345||Consultation and the Change Process|
|SPED 8998||Doctoral Seminar in Special Education|
|SPED 8999||Dissertation Research (minimum 12 credits needed to complete requirement)|
|Approved dissertation proposal required|
|Successful completion of comprehensive exam required|