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

Program Overview for DSE Doctoral Degree Program

ESE Doctoral Degree The doctoral program in special education is designed to prepare leaders in the field. Candidates for this degree program represent diverse fields of study (e.g., special education teachers, certified behavior analysts, curriculum specialists). Our doctoral graduates are prepared for leadership positions in colleges and universities, school districts, and community agencies. In addition to coursework, students work closely with faculty to conduct and publish research, present at state and national conferences, develop and teach courses, and prepare grant proposals for funding. The program accommodates both full- and part-time students.

Admissions Requirements for DSE Doctoral Degree Program

Applicants for the DSE doctoral program must possess a Master’s Degree (3.5 GPA for graduate work) and successfully complete:

  • An interview with select faculty members
  • GRE: Minimum scaled scores of 148 for Verbal Reasoning; 144 for Quantitative Reasoning; and 3.0 for Analytic Writing
  • 3 years teaching experience

Course Requirements for DSE Doctoral Degree Program

Students completing a doctoral degree in Special Education must complete coursework constituting the:

  • Department Core (18 credits)
  • Department Concentration (15 credits)
  • Research/Statistics (15 credits)
  • Leadership Seminars (6 credits)
  • Pre-Candidacy Research (3-6 credits)
  • Internship (6 credits)
  • Residency
  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Dissertation

Accreditation Standards for DSE Doctoral Degree Program

This Department is a participating member of Higher Education Consortium for Special Education (HECSE). Member institutions of HECSE are major universities with national reputations for preparing teachers, related service providers, administrators, teacher educators, and researchers. Their faculty members are known for their excellence in teaching, research and service in special education and related services.

Department Doctoral Program Contact Person

Dr. Charles Dukes
Boca Campus

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