University of Northern Colorado

Special Education, Emphasis in Low Prevalence Disabilities

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The Ph.D. program in Special Education is designed to prepare candidates in theory, pedagogy, research methodology, evidence-based practice, public policy and advocacy, and collaboration. The philosophy of the doctoral program is based on the concept that learning is an active, self-regulated process. The doctoral program is composed of required courses in special education, research methods, electives, research tools, and requires the completion of a dissertation. Doctoral learners are guided through their program by their advisor (who usually serves as Research Chair for the dissertation) and a committee of faculty from special education and other disciplines. The doctoral dissertation is defended by the Doctoral Learner in a committee meeting open to the campus community. The program can be completed in 3-5 years, depending on enrollment status (full- or part-time) and professional goals.

For more information on how to apply for the WRGP resident tuition rate for this program, please contact:

Corey Pierce, Ph.D., Professor and Director
School of Special Education
University of Northern Colorado
Campus Box 141
Greeley, CO 80639

Degrees Available