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Ph.D. in Special Education

The University of Oklahoma Special Education doctoral program prepares students for careers in higher education, school instruction and educational leadership. Students consult with their advisors to develop unique plans of study related to their professional interests.

Students create a plan of study that includes core special education research and elective coursework, residency research, teaching and service activities, and dissertation research. Doctoral students who enter with a master’s degree typically complete the program between four years (full-time) and five-to-seven years (part-time).

Program Fast Facts

In addition to completing required and elective coursework, students work with faculty members on research, teach college-level courses, become involved in state and national professional organizations and present and publish their research at the state and national levels.

Graduates of the OU Special Education Doctoral Program have become professors at universities across the country and internationally and have assumed instructional leadership positions in public schools, state departments of education, and other agencies.

Eight Major Steps of the Doctoral Program

1.     Admission into the program
2.     Development of the Advisory Conference Report (ACR; individualized
        plan of study)
3.     Development of the Residency Plan (outlining teaching, research, and
        service requirements)
4.     Completion of the courses previously detailed in the ACR
5.     Completion of the activities previously outlined in the Residency Plan
6.     Completion of the general exam and defense
7.     Completion of the prospectus and defense
8.     Completion of the doctoral dissertation and defense