PhD in Special Education

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Program Description

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Concentration: Special Education

The Ph.D. concentration in Special Education is designed for providing teachers, administrators, parents, and mental, health, or social service providers with the unique opportunity to develop their reflective thinking skills and leadership skills on the application of best practices on a diverse range of disabilities and to engage into critical educational issues, practices and concerns. The Ph.D. concentration in Special Education, responds to the academic and professional needs of both school-based and agency-based personnel, who presently hold or desire to pursue leadership positions in Special Education. Our students are people, who seek a career in the academy, or in field-based research; are specialized in government issues and policies; direct public and private agencies; and are consultants and advocates in Special Education. One of our goals is to support our graduates to seek academic positions as faculty at colleges and universities. The program involves theoretical and practical coursework, seminars, research activities, and field experiences that provide the knowledge and skills necessary to effectually perform leadership positions. The Ph.D. concentration in Special Education program requires the inclusion of core doctoral courses (30 credits) and research/dissertation courses (30 credits). Courses may be selected from the general Special Education options in the curriculum, educational leadership, and diversity, and from concentration options in Assistive Technology (AT), gifted learners, mild/moderate disabilities, and instruction/assessment.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the breadth of knowledge in the discipline and advance, in-depth knowledge in the sub-discipline or area of specialization.
  • Perform and defend an original work of research in their fields of specialization which contributed new human knowledge.
  • Identify, analyze critically and explain open problems in their disciplines and apply relevant research methodology for finding a possible solution.
  • Communicate the major tenets of their field of specialization and their work orally and in writing to the faculty, their peers, and the lay public.
  • Identify areas where ethical issues may arise in their field, and articulate strategies to mitigate situations related to ethical issues in their profession.
  • Demonstrate insight into the transferable nature of research skills to other work environments and the range of career opportunities available to them inside and outside academia.

Ph.D. Scholarship (All Nationalities) Full Time

The purpose of the âPh.D. Scholarshipâ is to recruit high achieving graduate students in certain majors at UAEU and provide them with full and continuous financial support to pursue their graduate studies at UAEU.

Student Eligibility

  • Have a GPA ⥠3.5/4.0 in Master degree.
  • A score of 6.5 or higher on the IELTS Academic exam or equivalent.
  • Have no employment or other financial sponsorship.
  • Have a dissertation in one of the UAE priority sectors(Renewable Energy, Transportation, Education, Health, Water, Technology, Space).
  • Meet the Ph.D. admission requirements.

Benefits

  • Full tuition waiver.
  • Monthly Stipend.
  • Health insurance (if needed).
  • Extra Bonus:
    • Up to AED 3,000 from supervisorâs external research project, or
    • Up to AED 2,000 from supervisorâs internal research project.

Duration

4 years

Duties and Expectations

  • Maintain GPA of ⥠3.3 at the Ph.D. level.
  • Be enrolled full-time (minimum of 9 credits/semester) at the Ph.D. level.
  • Be available at UAEU full-time.
  • Commit to a minimum of 40 hours/week as the following:
    • During the first 3 semesters of active enrollment: 35 hours/week on courses and/or research project + 5 hours/week as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) or Graduate Administrative Assistant (GAA).
    • After 3 semesters of active enrollment: 30 hours/week on courses and/or research project + 10 hours/week as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) or Graduate Administrative Assistant (GAA).

Ph.D. Fellowship (All Nationalities) Full-Time

The purpose of the âPh.D. Fellowshipâ is to recruit high achieving graduate students in certain majors at UAEU and provide them with full and continuous financial support to pursue their graduate studies at UAEU.

Student Eligibility

  • Have a GPA ⥠3.3/4.0 in Master degree.
  • A score of 6.5 or higher on the IELTS Academic exam or equivalent.
  • Have no employment or other financial sponsorship.
  • Have a dissertation in one of the UAE priority sectors(Renewable Energy, Transportation, Education, Health, Water, Technology, Space).
  • Meet the Ph.D. admission requirements.

Benefits

a) Full Package:

  • Full tuition waiver.
  • Monthly Stipend:
  • Health insurance (if needed).
  • Extra Bonus:
    • Up to AED 3,000 from supervisorâs external research project, or
    • Up to AED 2,000 from supervisorâs internal research project.

b) Basic Package:

  • Full tuition waiver.
  • Health insurance (if needed).
  • Additional work (optional) as Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) or Graduate Administrative Assistant (GAA) up to 20 hours per week upon availability by the College or College of Graduate Studies (up to AED 4,000).
  • Extra Bonus:
    • Up to AED 3,000 from supervisorâs external research project, or
    • Up to AED 2,000 from supervisorâs internal research project.

Duration

4 years

Duties and Expectations

  • Maintain a GPA of ⥠3.0 at the Ph.D. level.
  • Be enrolled full-time (minimum of 9 credits/semester).
  • Be available at UAEU full time.
  • Commit to a minimum of 40 hours/week as the following:
    • During the first 3 semesters of active enrollment: 35 hours/week on courses and/or research project + 5 hours/week as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) or Graduate Administrative Assistant (GAA).
    • After 3 semesters of active enrollment: 30 hours/week on courses and/or research project + 10 hours/week as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) or Graduate Administrative Assistant (GAA).

Ph.D. Tuition Payer (All Nationalities) Part-time or Full-time

The purpose of the âPh.D. Tuition Payerâ option is to recruit high achieving graduate students who are employed and wish to pursue their graduate studies at UAEU on a part-time basis.

Student Eligibility

  • Have a GPA ⥠3.0/4.0 in Master degree.
  • Pay the tuition fees of the Ph.D. program.
  • Prefer to have the dissertation in one of the UAE priority sectors(Renewable Energy, Transportation, Education, Health, Water, Technology, Space).
  • Meet the Ph.D. admission requirements.

Benefits

  • Optional work as Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) or Graduate Administrative Assistant (GAA) up to 10 hours per week upon availability by College or College of Graduate Studies (up to AED 2,000).
  • Extra Bonus:
    • Up to AED 3,000 from supervisorâs external research project, or
    • Up to AED 2,000 from supervisorâs internal research project.

Duration

4 - 6 years

Duties and Expectations

  • Maintain a GPA of ⥠3.0 at the Ph.D. level.
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits/semester.
  • The applicant can be an employee and work outside of UAE University.
  • The applicant can have external financial sponsorship from any organization.

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Last updated September 2019

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