Doctor of Philosophy in Special Education
The Ph.D. in Special Education is offered as a cooperative program between Texas Woman’s University, the University of North Texas, and Texas A&M Commerce under guidelines established by the Federation of North Texas Area Universities. The program enables students to utilize the combined faculty, library, computer facilities and research opportunities available at all three universities in the development of their doctoral studies.
The federation doctoral program provides opportunities for formal course work, seminars, independent study, participation in regional and national conferences, and dissertation research. The program also includes federation-sponsored seminars featuring outstanding nationally and internationally recognized educators.
Given the importance of appropriate educational experiences during the early years for both the individual and the society at large, graduate programs are needed that provide education for future leaders in the conceptualization and provision of special education programs as well as expertise in conducting research that will extend understanding of the importance and means of providing special education experiences. The purpose of the federated doctoral program in special education is to prepare professional educators to assume leadership roles in higher education and EC-12 educational settings. Graduates are prepared to assume diverse roles including teaching, research and administrative responsibilities.
Students initially apply for admission to the graduate school of one of the participating universities. Admission is based on a holistic evaluation of a variety of factors. Refer to the Special Education website for details.
General Requirements for Doctoral Degree
Total Semester Credit Hours Required
A minimum of 90 semester credit hours beyond baccalaureate, including 6-12 semester credit hours for dissertation.
Requirements will depend upon individual student’s needs.
For the Ph.D., computer language, or reading knowledge of one foreign language and advanced proficiency in statistics and research methodology.
Two semesters of mentorship under a TWU Special Education faculty member replaces the residency requirement.
A comprehensive written examination encompassing knowledge common to the doctoral degree program is required. Sections deemed unsatisfactory may be presented again one time after six months.
Oral and/or written examination covering knowledge of course work and defense of dissertation. May be taken two times only.
Courses of Instruction in Special Education with Federation Universities
Students wishing to enroll in Federation courses will do so through a cross-registration mechanism administered by the TWU Graduate School and their major advisor's approval.
Doctor of Philosophy in Special Education Program of Study (90 semester credit hours)
|Code||Title||Semester Credit Hours|
|EDSP 6103||Social, Psychological, and Educational Aspects of Intellectual and Development Disabilities||3|
|EDSP 6303||Seminar in Emotional and Behavioral Disorders||3|
|EDSP 6403||Seminar in Learning Disabilities||3|
|EDSP 6603||Social Constructs of Disabilities||3|
|Suggested or related classes:|
|Statistical Computer Packages|
(Additional research required per degree plan).
|6 semester credit hours|
|6 - 12 semester credit hours from the following:|
|Major and Minor area courses to be determined based upon student's degree program|
|Teaching Reading and Other Language Arts to Linguistically Different Learners|
|English as a Second Language: Methods|
|Education in Culturally Diverse Environments|
|Second Language Acquisition: Theories and Practices|
|Leadership in Educational Settings|
|Educational Foundations and Administrative Implications|
|Professional Development and Supervision in Education|
|Administrative Processes in Schools|
|Curriculum Development, Assessment, and Evaluation|
|Curriculum & Instruction|
|Models and Theories of Learning and Teaching|
|Adult Models of Learning and Teaching|
|Theories of the Family|
|Family Changes and Diversity|
|Leadership and Staff Development in Family Sciences Programs|
|Families and Public Policy|