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Curriculum

Special Education Doctoral Program

Students can complete the Ed.D. in Special Education program in five years or less depending upon how many courses are taken a semester. See a typical program of study over five years.

Use this link to see L&I and General Education course descriptions in the School of Education section of the USF General Catalog online.

Foundation Core (12 credits):

  • GEDU 706 - Applied Educational Statistics (3)
  • GEDU 708 - Research Methods in Education (3)
  • L&I 700 - Cognitive Psychology (3)
  • GEDU 704 - Psychological Foundations (3)

Special Education Core (18 credits):

  • L&I 716 - Curriculum and Instruction in Special Education (3)
  • L&I 717 - Research-Based Practices and Critical Issues in Special Education (3)
  • L&I 718 - Special Education Law and Public Policy (3)
  • L&I 752 - Data-Based Decision Making for School Leaders (3)
  • L&I 798 - Intercultural Competence in Special Education (3)
  • L&I 798 - Atypical Learning and Development (3)

Special Education Practicum (3 credits, 1 credit each):

  • L&I 719 - Practicum in Special Education Higher Education (1)
  • L&I 722 - Practicum in Research in Special Education (1)
  • L&I 798 - Practicum in School Consultation and Collaboration (1)

Advanced Research Core (9 credits):

  • GEDU 707 - Advanced Statistics (3)
  • GEDU 714 - Educational and Psychological Measurement (3)
  • One additional advanced methodology course selected in consultation with the student's advisor: Meta-Analysis, Survey Research, Qualitative Research in Education, Program Evaluation, Correlational Designs, Introduction to SPSS

Elective courses (6 credits from the following):

  • L&I 701 - Multimedia Learning (3)
  • L&I 702 - Human Abilities (3)
  • L&I 712 - Performance-Based Assessment (3)
  • L&I 713 - Essentials for Teaching in Higher Education (3)
  • L&I 721 - Models of Teaching and Instruction (3)
  • L&I 724 - Grant Writing (3)
  • L&I 732 - Motivation (3)
  • L&I 743 - Constructivism and Technology (3)
  • L&I 798 - Instructional Design (3)
  • L&I 798 - Inquiry-Based Learning (3)
  • L&I 798 - Psychology of Reading (3)
  • L&I 798 - Sociocultural Theories (3)

Dissertation Core (12 credits):

  • L&I 707 - Literature Reviews (3)
  • L&I 709 - Dissertation Proposal Seminar (3)
  • L&I 790 - Dissertation Proposal Development (1-3)
  • L&I 791 - Dissertation Research and Writing (1-3)

Students complete the program by successfully defending their dissertation research in Dissertation Research and Writing.