Ph.D. LCID Specialization in Special Education

Program Details

Area(s) of Study:
  • Special Education
Associated Degree:
  • Ph.D.
  • On-Campus
Program Level:
  • Doctoral
Program Type:
  • Degree


The specialization in Special Education within the Learning, Cognition, Instruction, and Development concentration prepares students to conduct high-quality research on critical issues regarding students at risk for, or receiving services in special education. As special education issues can be viewed through cultural, systemic, transactional, behavioral, developmental, structural, and other lenses, students are encouraged to examine the field from multiple theoretical and research perspectives.

Faculty in this specialization are interested in: academic and social-emotional-behavioral prevention and intervention, interdisciplinary collaboration, special education policy, evidenced-based standards, and quantitative methodological approaches to assessment, inquiry, curriculum, and learning. Our students explore the interrelationships between these areas as they play out in the everyday realities of classrooms, schools, and communities.


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Proseminars (6 credits)
Methodology (12 credits)
Additional Quantitative or Qualitative Courses (6 credits)
Special Education Core (6 credits)
OR equivalent courses approved by advisor
Prethesis (6 credits)
Courses in specialty area (12 credits) Cognate Courses (6 Credits)
Dissertation (24 credits)  

Program Requirements

The Ph.D. in Education requires 48 credits of coursework and 24 credits of dissertation research. All students in the Learning, Cognition, Instruction, and Development concentration take a common set of courses, accumulating 18 credits within the concentration, of which 6 credits must be classes within the concentration but outside the faculty adviser’s specialty.

A complete listing of degree requirements is available for download or at the Office of Student and Academic Services.

If you have more specific questions about this concentration, please contact Dake Zhang.