Degree Requirements

Ed.D. Degree Program

The doctoral degree program encourages and supports students working with faculty in cutting-edge research and development related to effective education in the field of disabilities. The Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs are similar, but serve different needs for special educators seeking advanced knowledge and leadership skills. Both degrees require intensive and rigorous study in special education foundations, disability issues, curriculum, teaching, program development, and research. The Graduate Record Examination is required for admission.

Doctor of Education

This degree is designed for master special educators who seek leadership positions in public school and other agencies related to program leadership, administration, development, and evaluation. Students complete a sequence of courses emphasizing applied research knowledge and skills. Specific core and research courses for the Ed.D. are required. In addition to the special education and research skills cores, students complete a structured, supervised field internship and designated hours in one of the doctoral program’s areas of specialization, and a dissertation.

Note: Contact your department or program for more information about research skills and responsible scholarship, and the current requirements for doctoral students. Current Lawrence and Edwards Campus policies on Doctoral Research Skills and Responsible Scholarship are listed in the KU Policy Library.

Contact Info

School of Education

Welcome Center, Joseph R. Pearson Hall
1122 West Campus Road, Room 208
Lawrence, KS 66045-3101
785-864-3726
785-864-5076
soe@ku.edu
http://www.soe.ku.edu/
Rick Ginsberg, Dean
785-864-4297
Lon Dehnert, Assistant Dean, Academic Services
785-864-9603

School of Education

Welcome Center, Joseph R. Pearson Hall
1122 West Campus Road, Room 208
Lawrence, KS 66045-3101
785-864-3726
soe@ku.edu
http://www.soe.ku.edu/
Sally Roberts, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs
785-864-0553

School of Education

Welcome Center, Joseph R. Pearson Hall
1122 West Campus Road, Room 208
Lawrence, KS 66045-3101
785-864-3726
soe@ku.edu
http://www.soe.ku.edu/
James Lichtenberg, Associate Dean, Graduate Programs and Research
785-864-9656
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