The Special Education Ph.D. program is designed to develop the expertise needed to develop, examine, and disseminate culturally sustainable evidence-based in special education. Students in the program will develop knowledge and skills in four core areas:
Core 1: Culturally Sustaining Evidence-Based Practices in Special Education
Students will gain an understanding of evidence-based practice in special education, issues of equity and justice, and the impact of race, culture, and language. Students will apply their knowledge to real-world situations.
Core 2: Research Methods
Students will understand statistical methods, research design, and qualitative research methods. They will apply these research skills in conducting, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting their own research projects.
Core 3: Personnel Preparation
Students will engage in effective teaching within teacher preparation programs at institutions of higher education and in high-needs schools. They will understand teaching methods, program coordination, school collaboration, and issues related to service delivery in high-need schools.
Core 4: Professional Knowledge and Career Skills
Students will gain skills in professional leadership development, survival skills, ethics, professional writing, and grant writing. They will apply these skills in various contexts, such as job searches and professional presentations.