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Special Education, Ed.D. and Ph.D.

Application Deadlines

Summer & Fall Admission: February 28
Spring Admission: September 30

Applications accepted at other times; these are priority deadlines.

Degree Program: Special Education
Degree: Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
Program Code: EDD-SPCD

Degree: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Program Code: PHD-SPCD

Department: Special Education
Program: Special Education


PhD students and Dean Ochoa
From left to right: Ph.D student Yi Ling Lin, COE Dean Hector Ochoa, Ph.D. student George Jacob, Ph.D. student Olowole Ilesanmi

The doctoral program in Special Education offers the opportunity for advanced study across all areas of exceptionality. Doctoral students work closely with faculty who are actively engaged in cutting-edge research, collaboration with schools and public agencies, developing public policy, and advocating for individuals with exceptionalities and their families.

Students in the doctoral program follow a competency-based individualized program of study that develops the skills necessary to become future leaders in universities, community colleges, school districts, government, and community agencies.

Opportunities available to Special Education Ed.D. and Ph.D. students

Applied Behavioral Analysis Certificate

Autism Spectrum Disorder Certificate

Educational Diagnostician Program


Susan Copeland, Ph.D.
Special Education Program Coordinator
Hokona Hall 258
505-277-0628 (phone)

Suzie McCalmant-Garcia
Special Education Graduate Programs Coordinator
505-277-5018 (phone)

Audrea N. Winslow
Department Administrator-A2
Special Education-COE
505/277-6915 (phone)