May 18, 2024  
2019-2020 Graduate Bulletin 
2019-2020 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education (Special Education) PhD

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The Doctor of Philosophy in Education with an emphasis in Special Education is a 66-hour program that prepares teacher education researchers. Participants acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to develop the next generation of special education teachers, while mastering research concepts and skills. The doctoral program focuses on acquiring and developing knowledge in special education, understanding and designing research, and disseminating information.

This program of study meets Mississippi’s state standards for advanced licensure. Students who intend to seek licensure in another state should verify that this program of study meets the desired state’s licensure requirements. For assistance with out-of-state licensure questions, please complete the Professional Licensure Form.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the requirements detailed in Academic Requirements and Procedures , applicants must meet the following requirements and submit the following documents:

  1. An academic record reflecting a superior grade point average on previous graduate work.
  2. Official GRE scores
  3. Letters of Recommendation - Three (3) letters of recommendation from professionals in the field of education who are qualified to assess the applicant’s readiness for graduate study.
  4. Statement of Purpose - In a letter or essay format, describe your professional experiences and goals and how obtaining this degree will help you to realize those goals.
  5. A writing sample consisting of a major paper, article, report, etc.
  6. CV/Résumé
  7. Copy of current educator license

Program Requirements and Academic Policies

See General Degree Requirements  and General Academic Information .

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