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Doctoral Program in Special Education

The Doctoral Program in Special Education is designed to prepare candidates for leadership positions in special education with training in teacher education, program design and management, and research and evaluation. Work leading to the Ed.D. degree includes core coursework in legal and policy issues affecting special education program administration, evaluation of special education programs, and contemporary topics in special education. A master's degree and relevant professional experience are required.

Program Features

  • 75 hours (60 coursework, 15 dissertation).
  • Independent study and professional practice.
  • Highly individualized program based on a student's education, experience, and plans.
  • Evening classes to accommodate part-time working students and commuters.

View the Doctoral Student Handbook.

Tuition Waiver for Doctoral Students

We are now accepting applications for waivers for Fall 2015 tuition.  You must submit a completed and signed application for tuition waiver by 4:00 pm Tuesday, September 1. Submit your application to Anne McDowell at

The Department has established the following criteria for awarding tuition waivers:  

Must have successfully completed at least six (6) semester hours of coursework in the M.S. programs or a doctoral student enrolled for the first 15 dissertation hours and making progress on the dissertation.

Enrolled in courses approved toward the degree program

Financial need

Less than 100 percent tuition reimbursement from any other source

A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

Please note that the no applicant is guaranteed a waiver. Applicants should pay their bills for courses as if no waivers are expected. If the waiver is granted after you pay your account balance, the University will issue a refund check.

Tuition Waiver Application

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