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Special Education (Education, Ph.D.)

This program is designed to address the acute shortage of doctoral level special education personnel. Graduates will have the professional research skills to work with school systems to address the diverse learning needs and behavior challenges associated with the education of students with special needs and those students at risk. Program graduates will attain a degree of proficiency in research and writing that will prepare them to make contributions to the professional literatures of special education and related disciplines.

Special Education (Education, Ph.D.)


Description


What is Special Education at ODU like?

This program is designed to address the acute shortage of doctoral level special education personnel. Graduates will have the professional research skills to work with school systems to address the diverse learning needs and behavior challenges associated with the education of students with special needs and those students at risk. Program graduates will attain a degree of proficiency in research and writing that will prepare them to make contributions to the professional literatures of special education and related disciplines.

Program Highlights


What makes Special Education at ODU unique?

  • Coursework is supplemented by internships in a variety of settings.

  • Doctoral students are mentored by faculty.

  • Doctoral students participate in research projects.

Careers


What are some careers in this field?
  • Special Education Coordinator: Crucial member of a school’s leadership team who oversees special education services and programs at a building or district level. Role of Special Education Coordinator is to facilitate special education processes to maximize the growth of students with exceptional learning needs and monitors the implementation of special education programs and services.
  • Instructor/Professor of Special Education at the Post-Secondary Level
    Most Special Education professors/instructors work at community colleges, four-year colleges or Universities in teacher preparation programs. These individuals prepare undergraduate and graduate students for careers as teachers or administrators in the field of special education. Many professors/instructors also engage in research, scholarship and service in the field of special education
  • Special Education Teacher
    Special education teachers work with K-12 students with mild, moderate disabilities or severe disabilities on a variety of skills areas including cognitive, communication, academic and/or adapted behavior skills. Special education teachers may work as a classroom teacher, member of co-teaching team or student case-manager in a variety of settings including public, private, hospital and/or residential school settings. Special Education teachers serve as critical members of individualized educational plan teams for students receiving special education services.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Special Education at ODU?

SPED 802:
Cognitive Processes and Learning Strategies for Students with Special Needs


The intent of this course is to provide an overview of research and critical issues relative to the cognitive and affective development of individuals with disabilities. Research-based interventions that address deficits of cognitive processes will be discussed and specific learning strategies will be presented.

SPED 868:
Internship: Special Education


Internships in teaching, research, and other professional activities will provide experience in the roles that students will assume after completing their doctoral degrees. The successful completion of a 3-credit internship is required to fulfill program requirements and necessitates a commitment of a minimum of 150 contact hours. Internships may be at the regional, national or international levels.

SPED 899:
Dissertation


Dissertation. Prerequisites: Successful defense of prospectus and admission to candidacy.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Special Education at ODU?

Students entering the Doctor of Philosophy program in Special Education should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

In order to be considered for admission into the Old Dominion University Ph.D. in Education: Special Education Concentration program (special education Ph.D. program) a candidate must include the following information in the application:

  • Proof of a completed master’s degree in special education or an equivalent degree in a related discipline from a program that is accredited by an appropriate specialized accrediting agency or from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.  Transcripts from universities outside the United States must be accompanied by a global credit evaluation from an accredited agency. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.60 (on a 4.0 scale) overall for the master’s degree and in the major area of study in the master’s degree is expected;

  • Acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE): 156 [550] on the verbal portion and no less than 4.5 on the writing sample.

    • Applicants whose first language is not English must submit a current score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) according to the standards established by Old Dominion University;
  • A minimum of three years teaching experience in a pre-K – 12 setting with students with disabilities;

  • A 500-800-word statement of academic and professional goals. This statement must describe the applicant’s research agenda to meet his/her academic and professional goals;

  • A professional curriculum vitae;

  • Three letters of reference from individuals capable of commenting on the applicant’s readiness for advanced graduate study. At least two of these letters must be from academic sources. If a non-academic letter of reference is necessary, it should be from a professional source; and

  • Evidence of prior course work in statistics and in theories of learning. If this requirement is not met, a student may be admitted, and additional course work will be added to the candidate’s program of study.

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 551

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,387

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Assistantships


Assistantships for full time students are available on a limited basis.

Next Steps


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Location:

101 LIONS CHILD STUDY CTR, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-4876


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

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