Miriam Boesch, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Purdue University. Autism; augmentative and alternative communication; applied behavior analysis.
Lyndal M. Bullock, Regents Professor; Ed.D., University of Kansas. Designing appropriate educational environments and services for children/youth with severe emotional/behavioral disorders; behavioral assessment and positive interventions; parent-professional communication.
Bertina Hildreth Combes, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin. Transition of students with learning disabilities from high school to post-secondary settings; mentoring; teacher development; use of juvenile literature in teaching about disabilities.
Endia Lindo, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Vanderbilt University. Mild/moderate disabilities; learning disabilities; reading instruction; social influences on reading outcomes.
Smita Shukla Mehta, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Oregon. Applied behavior analysis; functional behavioral assessment; positive behavior support; behavioral escalation and prevention of problem behavior; classroom and instructional management; severe disabilities and autism; philosophy and practice for inclusive education.
The doctoral program in special education at the University of North Texas focuses on competence, excellence and leadership. We train you to assume leadership positions in higher education or in public and private education settings.
By pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Special Education, you will have unique opportunities to:
The rigorous curriculum allows you to participate in formal course work, independent study, internships, practicum and dissertation research. As you progress through the program, you can enroll in specialized course work focusing on autism intervention, emotional/ behavioral disorders or mild/moderate disabilities. You will have successful teaching or related experiences before completing the program.
Our faculty members research a wide range of areas including:
The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (2010 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 500; Washington, D.C. 20036; telephone 202-466- 7496). This accreditation means we meet or exceed strict academic standards for excellence in education. The college is also one of Texas’ top producers of teachers, administrators, counselors and other school professionals.
The Department of Educational Psychology is affiliated with various centers, providing opportunities for research and development for faculty and students.
The Autism Center offers opportunities for research and intervention among individuals with autism.
The Center for Parent Education and Family Support engages in research and outreach to support parent and family educators, family support professionals and other students.
The UNT Institute for Behavioral and Learning Differences serves as a resource for professionals, parents, schools, and community and state agencies. Much of the research focuses on understanding, developing and initiating strategies involving unique behavioral and learning characteristics.
Admission to the doctoral program is a two-step process. You need to meet the admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School, outlined at gradschool.unt.edu, as well as the following program requirements:
No one factor determines your eligibility for admission to the doctoral program. We consider several factors deemed important for success in the program.
The minimum program requirements are based on having the appropriate bachelor’s and master’s backgrounds. Your individual courses of study will vary and may include more than the minimum hours outlined below. The projected requirements are:
Several of the special education programs receive funding through the U.S. Office of Special Education for tuition and stipend support. Other scholarships and stipends may be available to help you pursue your graduate degree. Visit financialaid.unt.edu, gradschool.unt.edu and www.coe.unt.edu or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on these opportunities.