Doctor of Philosophy in Special Education

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Priority deadline:

  • Fall January 10


  • Pullman

International Student English Proficiency Exams

International students may need to surpass the Graduate School’s minimum English language proficiency exam scores for this program. If the graduate program has unique score requirements, they will be detailed below. Otherwise, please refer to the Graduate School’s minimum score guidelines.

Degree Description:

The Doctor of Philosophy in Education (Ph.D.) with a specialization in Special Education prepares graduates for academic positions in research and teaching. The program in special education includes the study of response to intervention across the curriculum, diversity issues, social development and school based prevention practices for students with social and behavioral adjustment problems, universal design, and single subject design in addition to the comprehensive Carnegie core of research courses in quantitative, qualitative and program evaluation research methods. The faculty support a strong program of mentorship and encourage doctoral students to work closely with faculty of their choosing in investigating the world of research, knowledge generation and dissemination, pedagogical action and advocacy.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must have a degree from an accredited 4-year institution and a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale. Complete the WSU Graduate School’s online application, Official transcripts, a supplemental department application, GRE scores, Resume or Vitae, a writing sample, letter of intent, and three letters of recommendation as described on the supplemental department application. Acceptance into the doctoral program partially depends on the availability of a faculty member with expertise in the area of the student’s primary research interest.

Student Opportunities:

Internships in the public school system are available.

Career Opportunities:

Faculty at a research university, clinical faculty, central administrator at K-12 school district, administrator at state educational agency.

Career Placements:

Teacher, faculty member at a research university.

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