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Concentration Areas: Autism Spectrum Disorders; Behavior Disorders; Communication Disorders; Deaf/Hard of Hearing; Early Childhood Special Education; Intellectual Disabilities; Learning Disabilities; Physical and Health Disabilities (Orthopedic Impairments)
The Ph.D. major in Education of Students with Exceptionalities provides graduates with the skills necessary to succeed in university positions as they perform the roles of teaching, research, and grant writing; and/or to provide a high level of competence for leadership in a variety of community, state, or national service agencies. The program is designed to educate future special education leaders in greater knowledge, understanding, and expertise in one area of concentration in special education, while at the same time making sure that they are fully equipped with a broad knowledge of general special education and with advanced skills in research and design methods.
Evaluation of a student’s performance is continuous and involves consideration of the student’s performance in all academic settings. Students who fail to make progress in a timely manner or who demonstrate inappropriate or unprofessional conduct may be withdrawn from a course or the program. If such removal from a course is necessary, the student will receive the grade of “F” and may be judged ineligible to reenroll in the course.
Students complete coursework depending on their background and concentration. These could be special education (EXC) courses or any university courses that support the major area of study and are approved by the student’s Doctoral Advisory Committee.