Doctoral candidates must complete a minimum of 75 semester hours including:
23 hours of core coursework.
37 hours of specialized coursework (includes electives).
15 hours of dissertation coursework leading to an approved dissertation.
Course listings for core, specialized, and dissertation course work are provided below.
Core Course Work (8 courses, 23 credit hours)
EAF 508 – Applied Educational Research or EAF 509 – Research Design in Education EAF 510 – Research Methods/Stats in Education II EAF 415 – Qualitative Research SED 501 – Doctoral-Level Scholarship SED 502 – Legal & Policy Issues Affecting Special Education Program Administration SED 512 – Single Subject Design Research SED 513 – Program Evaluation in Special Education SED 540 – Contemporary Topics & Issues in Special Education
Specialty Course Work [36 credit hours total = 7 courses (21 credit hours) plus 15 credit hours of elective course work]
SED 514 – Personnel Preparation in Special Education SED 515 – Seminar in Special Education Research SED 522 – Grant Writing in Education SED 579 – Advanced Technological Applications in Special Education SED 594 – Proposal Development in Special Education SED 598.01 – Professional Practice in Teacher Preparation SED 598.02 – Professional Practice in Special Education Research (15 credit hours of elective course work is also required; elective course work is based on individual student interest)
Dissertation (15 credit hours)
SED 599 – Dissertation Research
Descriptions for all graduate courses offered through the Department of Special Education are available in Course Finder.