The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education, primarily an online program with some face-to-face requirements, is designed to facilitate adult learning styles in a specialized field of education. Capitalizing on critical thinking, scholarly research that informs practice, writing, and learning from a Christian worldview, this degree is primarily reserved for those interested in adding research skills in their vocations. After successfully negotiating the candidacy examination, all students must complete a culminating experience: the submission and successful defense of a doctoral dissertation. Students possessing an Ed.S. or equivalent may be admitted to the Ph.D. program with advanced standing after a review of their post-master's transcripts.
The online Doctor of Philosophy with a concentration in Special Education provides career development for special education teachers for leadership positions in special education research (emphasis on data interpretation, conclusions and ramifications), practice (emphasis on empirically, research-based interventions), and policy (emphasis on codifying research and practice for effective implementation) to best serve children, youth, and adults with high-incidence disabilities.
Length: 75 credit hour minimum
Format: Offered in a cohort model, students may begin the program in the fall, spring or summer semesters. Courses are delivered online with some required face-to-face components. School division cohorts are also offered in varying formats.
Results: Doctor of Philosophy in Education degree with a concentration in Special Education. The Doctor of Philosophy is awarded after completion of 75 credit hours.
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