The Department of Special Education offers a doctoral (Ph.D.) degree with a concentration in Multicultural Special Education (MCSE). This concentration is designed to prepare doctoral students for careers in higher education, as leaders in schools and districts, and as further researchers and critical thought leaders in multicultural special education.
The Multicultural Special Education concentration addresses the unique needs of individuals with disabilities and their families from diverse socio-cultural and linguistic communities. Under the direction of expert faculty in the department, Ph.D. students will have the opportunity to develop competencies in research in disproportionality and representation in special education of culturally and linguistically diverse students, and in research-based culturally responsive practice. Students are prepared to exhibit leadership, and develop programs, services, and policies that improve the outcomes of students with disabilities within diverse communities.
In addition, students are encouraged to specialize in a disability or policy area. This program focuses on ensuring that children of diverse backgrounds have equal opportunities for special education and interventions.