Exceptional Learning Ph.D.

The Exceptional Learning Ph.D. (ELPhD) program focuses on the characteristics, strengths, and educational needs of individuals and groups whose learning potential and opportunities for success are frequently unrealized. Exceptional populations include people for whom social, economic, and physical characteristics may serve as a barrier to development and learning.

The ELPhD program offers strong academic preparation of professionals who serve the community, public school system, institutions of higher education, and nontraditional educational environments.

Our graduates are leaders who work across local, regional, national, and international platforms to effect positive change in diverse populations of exceptional learners and educational contexts, addressing barriers to learning, primarily through research and service activities.

We offer five concentrations and two strands allowing students to focus on specific areas of professional and research interests.

  • Program Concentrations

    Please see the concentration descriptions for courses specific to each area.


    APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS

    • Young Children and Families
    • School-Age Children and Adult Populations

    HEALTH BEHAVIORS AND WELLNESS EDUCATION


    LITERACY


    PROGRAM PLANNING AND EVALUATION


    STEM EDUCATION

  • Core Courses, Guided Electives, and Research

    Core (13)

    • 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 (6-7)

    • 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
    • READ 7000 - Seminar in Reading and Language Arts
    • SPED 6120 - ECSE Evaluation, Assessment, and Methods (4)
    • SPED 7110 - Family Collaboration

    Research (21)

    • 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)

    *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.

  • Dissertation

    Exceptional Learning Dissertation (15)

    • EDU 7990 - Research and Dissertation (15)

  • Student Handbook and Course Schedule to 2022
  • More About ELPhD

    Our ELPhD program provides strong academic preparation for professionals who serve communit, public school systems, institutions of higher education, and non-traditional educational environments.

    Our graduates are leaders who work across local, regional, national, and international platforms to effect positive change in diverse populations of exceptional learners and educational contexts, addressing barriers to learning, primarily through research and service activities.

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