Early Childhood Special Education Ph.D.

AREA COORDINATORS
Diane Pedrotty Bryant, Ph.D.
Mark O'Reilly, Ph.D., BCBA-D

The Department of Special Education offers a doctoral degree in Special Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE). This concentration prepares doctoral students to be researchers and clinicians in special education, specifically in serving young children and their families. Students earn a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with substantial coursework in ECSE as well as Autism and Developmental Disabilities (A&DD). Some of the coursework is approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board and can be applied towards a Board Certified Behavior Analyst credential (BCBA). Students also participate in research related to ECSE and A&DD under the direction of faculty. The Ph.D. concentration in ECSE prepares graduates to work in a variety of settings including higher education, research centers, and leadership in early childhood centers.