Department of Exceptional Student Education

Exceptional Student Education Doctoral Degree Program

Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.)

Program Overview for ESE Doctoral Degree Program:

The doctoral program in ESE is designed to prepare leaders in special education. Candidates come from diverse backgrounds (special education teachers, certified behavior analysts, curriculum specialists, etc.) Our graduates take leadership positions in colleges and universities, school districts, and community agencies. In addition to coursework, students work closely with faculty to conduct and publish research, present at state and national conferences, develop and teach courses, and prepare grant proposals for funding. The program accommodates both full- and part-time students.

Admissions Requirements for ESE Doctoral Degree Program:

Applicants for the ESE doctoral program must possess a Master’s Degree (3.5 GPA for graduate work) and successfully complete:

  • An interview with select faculty members
  • GRE: Minimum scaled scores of 148 for Verbal Reasoning; 144 for Quantitative Reasoning; and 3.0 for Analytic Writing
  • 3 years teaching experience
Course Requirements for ESE Doctoral Degree Program:

Students completing a doctoral degree in Exceptional Student Education must complete coursework constituting the:

  • Department Core (18 credits)
  • Department Concentration (15 credits)
  • Research/Statistics (9 credits)
  • Leadership Seminars (6 credits)
  • Internship (6 credits)
  • Residency
  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Dissertation
Accreditation Standards for ESE Doctoral Degree Program:

This Department is a participating member of Higher Education Consortium for Special Education (HECSE). Member institutions of HECSE are major universities with national reputations for preparing teachers, related service providers, administrators, teacher educators, and researchers. Their faculty members are known for their excellence in teaching, research and service in special education and related services.

Department Doctoral Program Contact Person:

Dr. Charles Dukes
Boca Campus

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