The Department of Special Education offers a doctoral (Ph.D.) degree with a concentration in Learning Disabilities & Behavior Disorders (LD/BD). This program focuses substantial coursework and research in the areas of reading and math disabilities as well as school-based behaviors.
Students will learn about trends and effective interventions used for individuals with learning disabilities and behavioral disorders. In addition, students have the opportunity to explore courses in at least two other areas of Special Education, research methods, professional coursework, and courses outside the department of Special Education.
Students are encouraged to become involved in research projects under the direction of faculty in the Department of Special Education. Students generally complete the doctoral degree in four years of full-time study. The doctoral degree in Special Education prepares graduates to work in a variety of settings including higher education, leadership roles in schools and districts, and further research into the practices and interventions that effectively treat learning disabilities.