Special Education, Ph.D.
1. University Teaching and Research
2. Special Education Leadership
The Ph.D. program in special education focuses on preparing special education professionals with emphasis on either teacher education and research or administration and leadership. The Ph.D. program prepares its graduates to become successful and productive special education faculty members or administrators through an intensive course of advanced study. Courses include both seminars and experiential learning.
- Cultural Competence. Advanced program candidates demonstrate a high level of competence in understanding and responding to diversity of culture, language, and ethnicity
- Knowledge and Application of Ethical Principles. Advanced program candidates demonstrate in-depth knowledge and thoughtful application of the Code of Ethical Conduct and other guidelines relevant to their professional role.
- Communication Skills. Advanced program candidates possess a high level of oral, written, and technological communication skills, with specialization for the specific professional role(s) emphasized in the program. For programs for the advanced preparation of teachers, candidates meet ISTE standards. For doctoral programs, candidates are prepared to publish and present at conferences.
- Mastery of Relevant Theory and Research. Advanced program candidates demonstrate in-depth, critical knowledge of the theory and research relevant to the professional role(s) and focus area(s) emphasized in the program.
- Skills in Identifying and Using Professional Resources. Advanced program candidates demonstrate a high level of skill in identifying and using the human, material, and technological resources needed to perform their professional roles and to keep abreast of the field’s changing knowledge base.
- Inquiry Skills and Knowledge of Research Methods. Using systematic and professionally accepted approaches, advanced program candidates demonstrate inquiry skills, showing their ability to investigate questions relevant to their practice and professional goals.
- Skills in Collaborating, Teaching, and/or Mentoring. Advanced program candidates demonstrate the flexible, varied skills needed to work collaboratively and effectively with other adults in professional roles.
- Advocacy Skills. Advanced program candidates demonstrate competence in articulating and advocating for sound professional practices and public policies for the positive development and learning of all students.
- Leadership Skills. Advanced program candidates reflect on and use their abilities and opportunities to think strategically, build consensus, create change, and influence better outcomes for students, families, and the profession.
- Demonstrate the ability to identify and discuss major theories and philosophies related to learning and the education of individuals with disabilities
- Demonstrate the ability to identify governmental and legal structures, requirements, and parameters relating to the education and life issues of individuals with disabilities.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical support for analysis of policies, procedures, and strategies that govern and direct educational programs (leadership).
- Demonstrate knowledge of theories in educational leadership and the application of these theories in practical settings (leadership).
- Demonstrate knowledge of pedagogical styles and the application of these styles in practical settings (higher ed).
- Demonstrate a personal philosophy of teacher-education and pedagogical preferences, and the application of this knowledge in practical settings (higher ed).
- In addition to The Graduate School’s application requirements, applicants must have the following materials on file at The Graduate School, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208. Students applying for grant positions must have all materials on file prior to faculty interview.
- a supplemental application form for the Ph.D. in Special Education, and a letter of intent
- evidence that the applicant holds a professional certification in education or a related field (e.g., speech/language pathology, school psychology)
- evidence of five years of direct educational experience, which may include working with exceptional individuals in school, clinic, or residential settings.
- Upon verification of the above requirements the applicant will interview with the Programs in Special Education Admissions Committee and participate in an extemporaneous writing sample.
Degree Requirements (63 Post-Masters Hours)
|EDEX 710||Legal Issues in Special Education||3|
|EDRM 700||Introduction to Research in Education||3|
Area of Concentration (21 Hours)
Concentration in Special Education Leadership
|EDEX 815||Coordination of Programs for Exceptional Children||3|
|EDEX 892A||Internship in Exceptional Children: A (Administration)||3-6|
|EDEX 893||Advanced Topics in Exceptional Children||3|
|EDLP 702||School Personnel Administration||3|
|EDLP 703||Supervision of Instruction||3|
|EDLP 704||School Finance and Business Management||3|
|EDLP 705||Legal Basis of Educational Organization and Administration||3|
Concentration in Research/College Teaching-Special Education
|EDEX 892P||Internship in Exceptional Children: P (Pedagogy)||3-6|
|EDEX 892T||Internship in Exceptional Children: T (Teaching Internship)||3-6|
|EDEX 893||Advanced Topics in Exceptional Children||3|
|Select four additional research courses as approved by advisor|
Research (18 Hours)
|EDRM 710||Educational Statistics I||3|
|EDRM 711||Educational Statistics II||3|
|EDEX 809||Single-Case Research Designs in Special Education||3|
|EDEX 894||Research Seminar in Special Education||3|
|EDEX 720||Applied Research Experience in Special Education||1-3|
|Select one additional research course as approved by advisor|
Cognate (9 Hours)
- Select three courses in a focused area of study as approved by advisor
Educational Foundation Elective (3 Hours)
Select one 3 hour elective from Educational Psychology, Foundations of Education, and Curriculum as approved by advisor. Sample courses:
|EDFI 743||The History of Education in the United States||3|
|EDFI 744||Philosophy and Education||3|
|EDFI 847||Modern Philosophies of Education||3|
|EDPY 706||Growth and Development: Childhood||3|
|EDPY 835||Educational Psychology||3|
|EDEL 715||The Elementary School Curriculum||3|
|EDEL 720||Middle School Organization and Curriculum||3|
|EDCS 725||Principles of Curriculum Construction||3|
Dissertation (12 Hours)
|EDEX 899||Dissertation Preparation||12|