By pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Special Education, you'll have unique opportunities to:
The rigorous curriculum allows you to participate in formal coursework, independent study, internships, practicums and dissertation research. As you progress through the program, you can enroll in specialized coursework focusing on autism intervention, emotional/behavioral disorders or mild/moderate disabilities. You'll also receive teaching experience or related experiences before completing the program.
Our faculty members' research covers a wide range of areas such as:
The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (1140 19th St., Suite 400; Washington, D.C. 20036; telephone 202-223-0077). This accreditation means we meet or exceed strict academic standards for excellence in education. The college also is one of Texas' top producers of teachers, administrators, counselors and other school professionals.
The Department of Educational Psychology is affiliated with various centers, providing research and professional development opportunities for faculty and students.
The Kristin Farmer Autism Center offers opportunities for research and intervention with individuals with autism.
The Office for Giftedness, Talent Development and Creativity is committed to transforming potential into excellence through innovative education opportunities, research and community outreach.
The Office of Research Consulting provides research and statistical consulting services.
Admission to the doctoral program is a two-step process. You need to meet the admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School® outlined at the graduate school website, and provide the department the following:
No one factor determines admission to the doctoral program. We believe that several factors are important for success in the program.
The minimum program requirements are based on having the appropriate bachelor's and master's backgrounds. Your individual coursework will vary and may include more than the minimum hours outlined below. The projected requirements are:
A number of competitive teaching fellowships and assistantships are available to help you pursue your degree. These opportunities include working with professors on research grants and projects, working as a teaching assistant, and supervising student teaching.
You can apply for these positions by submitting an application to the department. We also offer several scholarships.
Miriam Boesch, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Purdue University. Autism; augmentative and alternative communication; applied behavior analysis.
Mei Chang, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Ball State University. Neurocognitive functioning; neurodevelopmental disorders; neuropsychological assessment; academic achievement of racial/ethnic minority concentration; research, measurement and evaluation/statistics.
Bertina Hildreth Combes, Associate Professor and Dean for Academic Affairs and Research; 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.
Smita Shukla Mehta, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Oregon. Autism and severe developmental disabilities; functional behavioral assessment and positive behavior support; behavior escalation and prevention of problem behavior; classroom and instructional management; philosophy and practice of inclusive education.
Melissa Savage, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Purdue University. Autism spectrum disorders; developmental disabilities; physical activity; special education; assistive technology.