Ed.D. in Special Education

University of San Francisco - School of Education

Program Description

Ed.D. in Special Education

University of San Francisco - School of Education

Disability. Equity. Culture.

With a focus on equity, access, and inclusion, the Ed.D. in Special Education prepares students for research, leadership, and higher education teaching. Our interdisciplinary approach, allows students to draw from, critique, and contribute various perspectives on disability and its intersection with other social markers — to advocate for, and walk in solidarity with people with disabilities.

Program coursework provides a strong methodological and theoretical foundation and prepares students for three practicum experiences: higher education teaching, research, and school consultation and collaboration, providing opportunities for career advancement. In each practicum, students are matched with a faculty mentor from USF or another university and given the opportunity to take part in a research study, teach a graduate level course, or collaborate with a community-based organization.

Program Details

The doctoral program consists of 60 credit hours of study beyond the master's degree and culminates in the completion of a doctoral dissertation.

By taking 12-15 credits per year, students can complete the doctoral program in five years. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to conduct meaningful research related to the issues and challenges faced by students with disabilities, provide evidence-based teacher education, and collaborate with school personnel to improve the educational outcomes of students with disabilities. They will be able to consider and address a variety of cultural, linguistic, socioeconomic, contextual, and communicative factors as they prepare future K-12 special education teachers to serve students with disabilities.

Program Delivery

To meet the needs of working professionals, the program follows a schedule of alternate weekend classes that convene nine times a semester (Friday evenings and all day Saturdays).

Course Details

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

Learning Outcomes

The Doctoral Program in Special Education Student Learning Outcomes:

  • The faculty in the Doctoral Program in Special Education will provide students with foundational-level skills for scholarship in learning and instruction.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of data-analysis skills.
  • Students will demonstrate scholarly analysis of research articles.
  • Students will demonstrate scholarly writing.
  • The faculty in the Doctoral Program in Special Education will provide students with advanced-level skills for scholarship in learning and instruction.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate standardized assessment instruments of their own choosing.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to write results sections of research studies.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to apply literature review techniques to a subject of their own choosing.
  • The faculty in the Doctoral Program in Special Education will provide students with the ability to design, conduct, and communicate original research of their own choosing.
  • Students will communicate original research
  • Students will design, conduct, and write up original research of their own choosing.

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Financial Resources

Federal financial aid, state, and university resources are available as funding to newly admitted and current USF School of Education students.

In order to offset the cost of graduate education tuition, many School of Education courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening, and/or on alternating weekends. Most students find they can maintain a full-time job while earning their credential, masters or doctoral degree. However, if your program requires you to spend time in a classroom (i.e. student teaching) or to complete a fieldwork or traineeship experience, such commitments will interfere with a normal workday.

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Last updated January 15, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2018
Duration
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5 years
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Price
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1,270 USD
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USA - San Francisco, California
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