Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited four year institution. The Department of Teaching and Learning and the Graduate School require a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Calculation of the grade point average is based on the most recent 60 semester hours of graded course work. A letter of intent, three letters of recommendation and a writing sample is also required. Acceptance into the doctoral program partially depends on the availability of a faculty member with expertise in the area of the student's primary research interest.
The Doctor of Philosophy in Education (Ph.D.) with a specialization in Special Education prepares graduates for academic positions in research and teaching. The program in special education includes the study of response to intervention across the curriculum, diversity issues, social development and school based prevention practices for students with social and behavioral adjustment problems, universal design, and single subject design in addition to the comprehensive Carnegie core of research courses in quantitative, qualitative and program evaluation research methods. The faculty support a strong program of mentorship and encourage doctoral students to work closely with faculty of their choosing in investigating the world of research, knowledge generation and dissemination, pedagogical action and advocacy.