Special Education - Ph.D.

College of Education, Health and Human Services
School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences
405 White Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-2294
www.kent.edu/ehhs/ldes


Description

The Ph.D. degree in Special Education is a research-focused program for individuals who want to pursue research topics that add to the knowledge base in special education. Students participate in research studies, learn methods for conducting research and design independent and collaborative studies in their specialty area. The doctoral program prepares individuals for academic faculty and research positions in colleges, universities, research centers and administrative and advocacy positions.

Fully Offered At:

  • Kent Campus

Accreditation

The Council of Education of the Deaf

Admission Requirements

  • Master's degree from an accredited institution
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Minimum 3.500 graduate GPA is recommended
  • GRE with a recommended score of 50th percentile
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Personal goal statement
  • Interview

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 550 TOEFL score (79 on the Internet-based version), minimum 77 MELAB score, minimum 6.5 IELTS score or minimum 58 PTE Academic score. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission websiteEffective spring 2018.

For more information about graduate admission, please visit the graduate admission website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  1. Attain the background knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary to advance their ability to identify and plan evidence-based educational practices for exceptional learners. 
  2. Increase their proficiency with the pedagogical and decision-making skills necessary to implement evidence-based educational practices for exceptional learners. 
  3. Attain an appropriate level of expertise in methods of assessment relevant to providing special education to exceptional learners in schools. 
  4. Articulate professional positions on critical legal, policy, and practice issues in special education that are grounded in logical analysis, empirical research, and the ethical foundations of the field.

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

[EH-PHD-SPED]

Major Requirements
SPED 70094COLLEGE TEACHING 3
SPED 80001SPECIAL EDUCATION RESIDENCY 3
SPED 80002ANALYSIS OF THE LITERATURE IN SPECIAL EDUCATION 3
SPED 80003IMPLEMENTATION SCIENCE IN SPECIAL EDUCATION 3
SPED 80005EMPIRICAL INVESTIGATIONS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION 3
SPED 80040RESEARCH GRANT DEVELOPMENT FOR DISABILITY PROGRAMS 3
SPED 80092PRACTICUM IN COLLEGE TEACHING 3
SPED 83201CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN SPECIAL EDUCATION 3
SPED 83301SINGLE SUBJECT RESEARCH METHODS 3
Research Electives, choose from the following:12
STATISTICS I FOR EDUCATIONAL SERVICES
CLASSICAL TEST THEORY
STATISTICS II: ANOVA AND NONPARAMETRIC TESTS
MULTIPLE REGRESSION
QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH DESIGNS AND ANALYSIS
QUALITATIVE RESEARCH DESIGN
ADVANCED QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH IN EDUCATIONAL SERVICES
ADVANCED QUALITATIVE RESEARCH IN EDUCATIONAL SERVICES
SEMINAR: EVALUATION AND MEASUREMENT
SEMINAR IN SPECIAL EDUCATION
RESEARCH:SPECIAL EDUCATION 1
Dissertation Requirements
SPED 80199DISSERTATION I 230
Minimum Total Credit Hours:69
1

Must be approved by and registered with a specific faculty member and approved by advisory committee.

2

Upon admission to candidacy, each doctoral candidate must register for SPED 80199. It is expected that a doctoral candidate will continuously register for Dissertation I for a total of 30 credit hours, and thereafter SPED 80299 each semester (including summer) until all requirements for the degree have been met.

Graduation Requirements

After admission to the Ph.D. degree program, students plan a program of study with their respective faculty advisory committee headed by their advisor. Students’ programs may include at least one appropriate graduate-level minor or cognate as well as the major.