Learning Disabilities & Behavioral Disorders Ph.D.

Sharon Vaughn, Ph.D.

The Department of Special Education offers a doctoral degree in Special Education with a concentration in Learning Disabilities and Behavior Disorders (LD/BD). Students in this concentration earn a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with substantial coursework in the area of mild/moderate disabilities, particularly LD/BD. In addition to focusing on LD/BD, 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 doctorate in Special Education prepares graduates to work in a variety of settings including higher education, leadership roles in schools and districts, and research.

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