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Doctorate in Special Education

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.

Curriculum

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
  • Directed Reading
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching in Special Education 
  • Instructional Assessment & Consultation 

 

 

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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 counseling.

 

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. 

 

Meet our departmental faculty

 

Admissions

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis each semester, with the following deadlines:

 

Fall Priority — January 15

Fall Final  July 1 

Spring Priority  September 15 

Spring Final  December 1 

 

To apply for the PhD in Education, option in Special Education program, complete the following: 

 

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  • Graduate College application
  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions (3.5 minimum graduate GPA required)
  • Current resume/vita
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • Professional goal statement (approximately two pages)
  • GRE or MAT scores (within the last five years) 
  • Academic or scholarly writing sample 
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (if required to establish English proficiency
  • In-person or virtual interview may be required as part of the admissions process 

 

Cost & Assistance

Currently enrolled students are also eligible for scholarships offered through the College of Education and Human Sciences. 

 

Cost

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