Graduate programs in Special Education provide applicants with skills in using research, and scholarly and professional literatures which enable them to better meet the academic, psychological and socialization needs of students with special needs. M.Ed. programs, both thesis- based and course-based, and PhD programs are available in Special Education.
The M.Ed course-based route is designed to prepare applicants for careers as specialist practitioners and consultants. The program focuses on reading, writing and oral language disabilities. Students are expected to take one course at a time for two years. The first course is offered on campus for two weeks in the summer and the rest of the courses are offered online.
The M.Ed thesis-based route is designed to prepare applicants for careers as researchers, academics, consultants, and specialist practitioners. Programs are individualized, depending upon the applicant’s prior education, experience, and interests. Applicants must secure a supervisor prior to submitting an application to the program.
The PhD program in Special Education is designed to prepare doctoral students for careers as academics, researchers, consultants, specialist practitioners, and leadership roles in special and inclusive education. Programs are highly individualized, depending upon the student’s prior education, experience, and interests. The PhD program provides flexibility for the student in terms of course work, and the opportunity to work with a faculty member. Applicants must secure a supervisor prior to submitting an application to the program.