The PhD in Education, option in Special Education is designed to develop expertise
in the field of special education through evidence-based practices, research and teacher
preparation. We prepare professionals who value diversity, engage in lifelong learning
and advocate for quality educational opportunities for all students. Our doctoral graduates go on to work with children with disabilities by helping to
improve academic, communication, social, behavioral and adaptive skills, while training
others to do the same as professors, consultants or teacher-leaders.
This 69-hour program includes 15 hours of doctoral dissertation as well as the following
special education core curriculum:
Legal Aspects in Special Education
School & Interagency Collaboration
Current Issues in Special Education
Research Topics in Special Education
Program Development in Special Education
Single Subject Design in Special Education
Internship in Special Education
Culturally Responsive Teaching in Special Education
Instructional Assessment & Consultation
Research and Faculty
Research within our program is collaborative and interdisciplinary. We work closely
with our school psychology, educational technology, veterinary medicine and early childhood education colleagues.
Such collaborations have resulted in international travel opportunities, national
and international publication, grant funding and national conference presentations
for our students and faculty.
Our faculty represent a broad range of special education experience, including classroom
teachers, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, special education administration and school
Faculty highlights include:
Dr. Candace Lane is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with doctoral designation (BCBA-D), a certification
held by only 2 percent of individuals working in higher education. She is active in two grant-funded projects, including Project Aware and Project Engage.
Dr. Penny Cantley was the lead writer on ME!, a curriculum developed to help educators teach transition skills to students with
disabilities. She is also actively involved in interdisciplinary research and service that examines the implementation of animal assisted interventions (AAI) and animal
assisted activities (AAA) as supports for students with and without disabilities in
secondary and postsecondary education settings.
Dr. Claudia Otto helped build a research team to support children with complex communication needs using assistive technology and
works with the growing Hispanic population in Oklahoma.