Doctor of Philosophy


Course Descriptions

EDG 7067: Philosophies of Inquiry (Credit Hours: 3)
The purpose of this course is to introduce doctoral students to different approaches to educational research and to alternative frames for criticism, including postpositivism, constructivism, poststructuralism, pragmatism, critical theory, narrative, race and gender, ethics, and aesthetics.

EDF 7408: Statistical Analysis for Education II (Credit Hours: 4)
Prerequisite: Statistical Analysis for Education I
Theory and application of statistical procedures to problems in education: (1) ANOVA-factorial; ANCOVA; (2) multiple correlation and regression -- a specific technique and a general approach to data analysis. Coordinated use of computer included.

EDF 7477: Qualitative Research I (Credit Hours: 4)
First of two sequenced seminars examining the theoretical and pragmatic aspects of conducting qualitative research in educational settings.

EDF 7478: Qualitative Research II (Credit Hours: 4)
Second of two sequenced seminars examining the theoretical and pragmatic aspects of conducting qualitative research.

EEX 7429: Special Education Teacher Education (Credit Hours: 3)
This seminar will explore historical foundations of teacher education and special education specifically. Professional development and pathways to teaching will be explored. Existing research in SPED teacher preparation will be reviewed.

EEX 7425: Special Education Leadership Studies (Credit Hours: 1-2)
Introduction to doctoral studies in the Department of Special Education. Discussion forum for new students, mentoring and support.

EEX 7745: Historical, Ethical, and Disciplinary Foundations of Special Education (Credit Hours: 3)
Historical, Ethical, and Disciplinary Foundations of Special Education provides doctoral students a critical understanding of the social, political, ethical, and legal contexts that shaped the research, policies, and practices in the field of Special Education during the twentieth century.

EEX 7744: Curriculum and Instructional Issues in Urban Special Education (Credit Hours: 3)
The purpose of this course is to review and critically examine the theoretical and research literature on the interactions of race, culture, class, and disability on the schooling experiences of urban (ethnic minority and impoverished) children and their families. The course also takes into account that ethnic minority and poor children may or may not reside in urban areas and as a result of school and community desegregation movements, those learners may also attend suburban and rural schools, in addition to urban schools. The course will provide varied formats for graduate students to identify and address critical issues and trends in urban special education and related services areas that impact outcomes for minority learners across social classes and impoverished learners from majority cultural backgrounds.

EDA 7238: Special Education Law & Policy Issues (Credit Hours: 3)
This course is focused on the framework of special education law and its application in school systems.

EEX 7428: Teacher Education in Special Education: Conceptual (Credit Hours: 3)
This four-semester seminar focuses on teacher education in special education.

EEX 7815: Research Seminar (Credit Hours: 1-9)
This seminar, taken each semester of the first and second years of the doctoral program, will contribute to the development of the skills and values that lead to the creation of new knowledge and its application to the field of special education in order to improve outcomes for students who have disabilities and their families. Issues in urban schools will be emphasized.

EEX 7746: Ethics in Teacher Education and Teacher Development (Credit Hours: 3)
This course will focus on the philosophical and theoretical perspectives of ethics and ethical decision making as they relate to the roles and responsibilities of teacher educators in the preparation and professional development of teachers.