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Doctor of Philosophy in Special Education

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Ph.D. Degree Program

The doctoral degree program encourages and supports students working with faculty in cutting-edge research and development related to effective education in the field of disabilities. The Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs are similar, but serve different needs for special educators seeking advanced knowledge and leadership skills. Both degrees require intensive and rigorous study in special education foundations, disability issues, curriculum, teaching, program development, and research. The Graduate Record Examination is required for admission.

Doctor of Philosophy

This is a research degree. Graduates are prepared for roles as university faculty members, researchers, or policy makers. Specific core and research skills for the Ph.D. are required. In addition to the special education and research cores, students complete course work in one of the areas of specialization, a 12-hour minor in a related field, and a dissertation based on original research.

Note: Contact your department or program for more information about research skills and responsible scholarship, and the current requirements for doctoral students. Current Lawrence and Edwards Campus policies on Doctoral Research Skills and Responsible Scholarship are listed in the KU Policy Library.

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