Exceptional Learning Ph.D. Program Description

Exceptional Learning Ph.D.
Courses | Concentrations | Research

Concentration Includes 23/24 Semester Hours

There are four concentrations (including two strands in Applied Behavior Analysis) in the Ph.D. program. The five options and respective coursework are shown below:

NOTE: Although the major is in Education, having a concentration allows the student to study in a specialized area within the context of the major. At least twenty-four/twenty-five hours must be taken in the concentration, but some students will take more hours than prescribed below.

Applied Behavior Analysis

Young Children and Families

  • ABAP 7120* - Positive Behavior Support and Families (3)
  • ABAP 7920* - Topics, Issues, Research in Early Childhood Special Education (2)
  • ECED 7220 --  Early Childhood Instruction and Materials (3)
  • EDUC 7400* - Programs and Service Delivery Models (3)
  • EDUC 7450* - Doctoral Seminar:  Young Children & Families (3)
  • HEC 6610  --   Families:  Normative/Catastrophic Issues (3)
  • SPED 6120 -   Early Childhood SPED: Evaluation/Assessment/Methods (3)
  • SPED 7110 -   Family Collaboration (3)

ABAS (School Aged and Adult Strand)

  • ABAP 7120* - Positive Behavior Support and Families (3)
  • EDUB 7010* - Advanced Systematic Instruction (3)
  • EDUB 7030* - Functional Analysis of Behavior (3)
  • EDUB 7040* - Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
  • EDUB 7050* - Intervention and Treatment in Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
  • EDUB 7810* - Practicum in Behavior Analysis (3)
  • SPED 6000 - Behavioral Interventions and Supports (3)
  • SPED 6050 - Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (3)

Literacy

  • EDUL 7000 - Seminar in Literacy (3)
  • EDUL 7800* - Professional Development in the Educational Setting (3)
  • READ 6100 - Technology in the Information Age (3)
  • READ 6310 - Assessment and Diagnosis: Theory and Practice (3)

Or

  • SPED 6320 - Assessment of Persons with Disabilities (3)
  • READ 7370 - Linguistics (3)
  • READ 6600 - Literature Across the Curriculum (3)
  • READ 7010 - Literacy Across the Curriculum (3)
  • READ 7020 - Family Literacy (3)

Program Planning & Evaluation

  • EDUP 7410* - Advanced Program Planning and Evaluation Methods I (3)
  • EDUP 7420* - Advanced Program Planning and Evaluation Methods II (3)
  • EDUP 7810* - Practicum in Planning and Evaluation (3)
  • EDUP 7810* - Practicum in Planning and Evaluation (6)
  • EDUP 7810* - Practicum in Planning and Evaluation (9)

STEM Education

  • EDUS 7500* - STEM Education Foundations (3)
  • EDUS 7510* - STEM Curriculum and Assessment
  • EDUS 7540* - STEM Education Pedagogy (3)
  • EDUS 7550* - STEM Education Trends and Issues (3)
  • EDUS 7530* - STEM Education Research (3)
  • EDUS 7560* - STEM Learners and Learning (3)
  • EDUS 7515* - STEM Education Seminar (1)

OR

  • EDUS 7520* - STEM Technology Seminar (1)
  • EDUS 7580* - STEM Education Field Study (2)
  • EDUS 7570* - STEM Education Policy and Leadership (3)

Major Field/Core
Includes 19/20 Semester Hours (13 Prescribed Hours / 6-7 Hours Guided Electives)

The purpose of the core is to provide an interdisciplinary framework for the Ph.D. program. Prescribed core coursework is shown below:

  • EDU 7000* - Trans-Concentration Seminar (1)
  • EDU 7010* - Educational Policy and Cultural Diversity
  • EDU 7020* - At-Risk Populations: Research, Service, and Delivery
  • EDU 7040* - Program Planning and Proposal Development
  • CUED 7430 - Specialized Applications of Technology to Education

Or

  • EDU 7440 - Technology Applications for Institutional Dissemination of Information

Guided electives may be selected from the list below in addition to courses in the core and research components in consultation with your advisor.

  • CUED 7030* - Rural Schools and Communities
  • EDU 7050* - Advanced Learning and Cognition
  • EDU 7060* - Issues in Education
  • EDU 7950* - Doctoral Seminar: Special Topics in Education
  • ENG 6010 - Teaching Composition
  • READ 6350 - Secondary School Reading Program
  • SPED 6120 - ECSE Evaluation, Assessment, and Methods (4)
  • SPED 7110 - Family Collaboration

Research Includes 21 Semester Hours Minimum

The research area includes basic preparation in research methodology and design, including both quantitative and qualitative research.

  • Each student who completes the Ph.D. program should have knowledge of various research inquiries for use in answering educationally-related questions. 
  • In addition to possessing a well-developed expertise in at least one method of inquiry, each student should be familiar with other techniques. By the time Ph.D. students complete their doctoral work, they should understand that the choice of methodology, or methodologies, is guided by the nature of the question(s) posed, rather than the preferred methodological or analytical techniques of the researcher.

Before beginning their doctoral dissertation...

  • Ph.D. students should become familiar with ethical standards associated with the conduct of educational research. 
  • Students must know how these ethical considerations apply to (a) any interventions used with human beings, (b) the collection and analysis of evidence, and (c) the dissemination of discoveries.

Research coursework is shown below:

  • EDU 7300* - Research Design (3)
  • EDU 7310 - Research in Literacy (3)

Or

  • EDU 7320* - Single Subject Design (3)
  • EDU 7330* - Qualitative Inquiry in Education (3)
  • EDU 7340* - Ethnographic Inquiry in Education (3)
  • EDU 7420* - Quantitative Inquiry in Education I (3)
  • EDU 7430* - Quantitative Inquiry in Education II (3)
  • EDU 7920**-Research Seminar in Education (3)

Dissertation Coursework Includes 15 Semester Hours Minimum

  • EDU 7990* - Research and Dissertation (15)

*Courses limited to students admitted to the Doctoral Program

**The overriding goal of EDU 7920, Research Seminar in Education, is for students to develop their dissertation research proposals and present those proposals to their committees for approval.

  • With the exception of dissertation credit, all of the courses in a student's program of study should be completed prior to enrolling in EDU 7920 (including removing any grade of "I"). 
  • On rare occasions, and with permission from their entire committee and the Director of the Ph.D. program, students may take EDU 7920 with one class in the core or concentration series having not been completed. However, there are no exceptions with regard to the research series: EDU 7300, Research Design, EDU 7320, Single Subject Design or EDU 7310, Research in Literacy, EDU 7330, Qualitative Inquiry in Education, EDU 7340, Ethnographic Inquiry in Education, EDU 7420, Quantitative Inquiry in Education I, and EDU 7430, Quantitative Inquiry in Education II, must have been successfully completed prior to enrolling in EDU 7920. 
  • Typically students will also take their comprehensive written exams during the second half of the semester in which they are enrolled in EDU 7920.

 

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