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DOCTOR OF EDUCATION PROGRAM WITH MAJOR IN SPECIAL EDUCATION

Personnel Preparation Option:
Course Descriptions

NOTE: THIS PROGRAM IS CURRENTLY UNDERGOING CHANGES IN CONTENT AND SCHEDULE. THE INFORMATION BELOW IS NO LONGER APPLICABLE. PLEASE CHECK BACK AFTER OCTOBER 15, 2013 FOR UPDATED INFORMATION.

The Doctoral Program Emphasis in Special Education consists of required courses in the following areas:

  • Core Courses
  • Specialization Courses for Personnel Preparation Option
  • Specialization Courses for School Leadership Option
  • Research Core Courses
  • Foundations/Minor Area Courses
  • Program Completion Courses

Core Courses

SPED 770 Policy Analysis/Development: Advanced knowledge of legislation and litigation as it affects special education and disability services; policy studies and research; individual and systems advocacy.

SPED 773 Professional Development Models: Design, delivery and evaluation of inservice training, mentoring/coaching, and communities of practice in skill development for practitioners in special education and disability services.

SPED 774 Analysis/ Interpretation of Research: Overview of research approaches and trends in special education and disability services; design, conduct and reporting of research.

SPED 779 Current Issues and Trends: Current and emerging issues and their implications for service delivery and personnel preparation in special education and disability services.

SPED 781 Orientation to Doctoral Study: Initiation into the program, overview of roles and responsibilities in the doctoral program.

SPED 782 Professional Practice in Systems Advocacy: Supervised experiences in examining, studying and influencing state and federal policy.

SPED 786 Professional Practice in Service Activities: Supervised experiences of participating in university, community, state, and/or national service.

Specialization Courses for Personnel Preparation

SPED 771 Personnel Preparation Strategies: Design, delivery and evaluation of inservice training, mentoring/coaching, and communities of practice in skill development for practitioners in special education and disability services.

SPED 772 Professional Writing and Grant writing: Preparation and review of journal manuscripts, grants for external funding, conference proposals and presentations, and book/media reviews in special education and disability services.

SPED 783 Professional Practice in College Instruction: Supervised experiences in designing, delivering and evaluating instruction at the college level.

SPED 784 Professional Practice in College Supervision: Supervised experiences in conducting supervision of prospective and practicing teachers.

SPED 785 Professional Practice in Empirical Research: Supervised experiences in designing, conducting, and reporting research.

Specialization Courses for School Leadership

SPED 775 Program Administration/Supervision: Development and implementation of service delivery systems in special education and disability services, including educational programs and personnel management.

SPED 776 Leadership for Systems Change: Theory and practice of innovation in special education and disability services, including needs assessment, program implementation and evaluation, and personnel support systems.

SPED 787 Professional Practice in Program Administration: Supervised experiences in managing school programs, preparing/administering budgets.

SPED 788 Professional Practice in Personnel Support: Supervised experiences in personnel induction, evaluation, and professional development.

SPED 789 Professional Practice in Evaluation Practices: Supervised experiences in designing, conducting, and evaluating program evaluations.

Research Core Courses

EDP 612 Introduction to Research: Basic concepts, strategies, methodologies, designs, and procedures of research in education. Major emphasis on integrating research designs, measurements, and statistics for initiating research projects, collecting and analyzing data, and interpreting and reporting findings.

EDP 613 Statistical Methods I: Basic concepts, strategies, methodologies, designs, and procedures of research in education. Major emphasis on integrating research designs, measurements, and statistics for initiating research projects, collecting and analyzing data, and interpreting and reporting findings.

EDP 614 Statistical Methods II: Extension of basic concepts of statistical models, design of experiments, multiway classification models, factorials, split plot design, simple covariance, orthogonal comparisons, multiple linear and nonlinear regression and correlation analysis, chi-square and nonparametric statistics.

SCFD 615 Qualitative Research Methods: An introduction to the nature of qualitative research and to techniques of interviewing, observation, and the analysis of documents and other cultural artifacts. Includes guided experience in designing and implementing a qualitative research study.

EDP 713 Designing Single Case Research: Measurement and design tactics for research with one or a small number of participants allowing the researcher to identify effective practices for individual students or clients.

EDP 617 Program Evaluation: An awareness of the purposes, ethics, issues of design, methods, and models of program evaluation.

Foundations/Minor Area Courses: Personnel Preparation

EDP 700 Psychological Foundations of Learning: Psychological foundations of major learning theories and their implications for instructional procedures.

EDP 703 The Adult Learner: Analysis of significant characteristics of adult behavior to be considered in planning for adult learning. Contemporary theories are analyzed with emphasis on their implications for the educational process.

SCFD 540 History of American Education: Major forces affecting U.S. educational developments at all school levels are examined in political, social, economic, and cultural context. Major historical periods include colonial, early national, pre/post civil war, and late nineteenth to mid-twentieth century.

Foundations/Minor Area Courses: School Leadership

EDLS 603 Principles of Educational Leadership: An exploration of the role of leadership in modern education. Topics and simulations include group processes, verbal and non-verbal communication, leadership styles, team building, interpersonal relations, conflict management, and ethical practices.

EDLS 611 Principles of Supervision: Students develop instructional leadership skills in working with teachers to understand and improve classroom instruction. Topics include: developing a learning culture, supervisory theories and models, and integration of technology and best instructional practices.

EDLS 612 School: Policies, Politics and Laws: An overview of statutes, common law, and court decisions. Topics include the politics of education, due process, policy development, the role of federal, state, and local government in public education, and the issues of diversity and equity in a school setting.

Program Completion Courses

SPED 791A Advanced Study: Comprehensive Examination: Activities related to approval of questions, preparation of responses and obtaining of faculty ratings and feedback to complete the comprehensive examination.

SPED 791B Dissertation: Activities related to selecting research question(s), determining research design and methodology, reviewing the professional literature, and preparing a prospectus for committee review and approval.

SPED 797 Research: Research activities leading to thesis, problem report, research paper or the equivalent scholarly project, or a dissertation.

SPED 798 Dissertation: Activities related to implementation of dissertation study, analysis and interpretation of data, and preparation, defense, and electronic submission of dissertation.