Special Education, Ph.D.

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Minimum Total Hours: 90

Program Code: D855

Program Requirements

Required Courses (36 hours)
Content Block (15 hours)
EDSP 6003Critical Thinking in Special Education Research3
EDSP 6203Professional Seminar 13
EDSP 6113Grant Writing3
EDSP 6503Professional Seminar III, Systematic Literature Reviews3
EACS 6663Special Education Law3
Educational Research (minimum 21 hours)
EDSP 6023Single-Case Research Design3
EDSP 6523Single Case Research Design II3
EIPT 5023Analysis of Quantitative Data I3
EIPT 6023Analysis of Quantitative Data II3
EIPT 6043Qualitative Research Methods3
Choose two courses from the following:6
Assessment and Evaluation in Education and Counseling
Applied Multivariate Statistics in Educational Research
Program Evaluation
Qualitative Research Methods II
Instrument Development
Mixed-Methods Research
Research Issues in Instructional Psychology (Topic: Structural Equation Modeling)
Post-Master's Seminar (Topic: Multilevel Modeling)
Dissertation (minimum 2 hours)
EDSP 6980Research for Doctoral Dissertation (minimum 2 hours)2
Additional Requirements
As needed to reach 90 post-baccalaureate credit hours. Up to 30 credits from a previously earned master's degree may be included with advisory committee approval.52
Total Credit Hours90

General Requirements for Doctoral Degrees

A student should expect to spend at least the equivalent of three full academic years beyond the bachelor’s degree to obtain the doctoral degree. During this period the student will take appropriate graduate coursework, successfully complete the general examination, and successfully defend and submit the final dissertation.

All coursework applied to the doctoral degree must carry graduate credit.

The doctoral degree requires at least 90 post-baccalaureate hours, including both formal coursework and hours of research.

The minimum hour requirement for a specific doctoral degree program cannot be waived.

No more than one-half of the credit hours, both OU and overall, excluding Research for Doctoral Dissertation (6980), may be S/U-graded coursework.

The student must be in residence at OU for at least two consecutive 16-week semesters during the pursuit of the doctoral degree while enrolled and engaged in coursework or research activities as prescribed by the major academic unit.

For more detailed regulations and requirements for Doctoral degrees, please consult the Graduate College Bulletin: http://www.ou.edu/gradcollege/forms/bulletin