Ph.D. in Education with emphasis in Special Education

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The Ph.D. in Education with emphasis in Special Education consists of a minimum of 54-69 graduate semester hours beyond the master’s degree. Doctoral comprehensive examination is required.

Entrance into a particular PhD degree program presupposes that the student has completed, or is willing to complete, the coursework required for that program at the master’s degree level or specialist level, and holds or will obtain a Class AA or Class AAA Mississippi license or equivalent.  We do not guarantee to meet the licensure requirements of other states.  You will be responsible for verifying that your program of study meets your desired state’s licensure requirements.

Students should consult the Admission Requirements and Deadlines, Residency, and Comprehensive Exam requirements in the Graduate Bulletin.

Individuals who have submitted applications which qualified for admission, but who were not selected for enrollment in a given semester, are encouraged to request that their application remain active for future consideration.  Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Admission to doctoral programs offered in the content area of curriculum and instruction is contingent on the approval of the Departmental Graduate Committee, the department chair, and the dean of the college. An applicant who fails to meet the above criteria for regular admission may be considered for conditional admission on an individual basis.

Students accepted on a conditional basis must obtain a 3.50 GPA or better on their first nine (9) hours of specified coursework 600 level or higher or on all coursework taken while completing this 9-hour requirement. It is the responsibility of the student to inform the department chair or graduate coordinator when conditional status is to be removed; additional requirements may be enforced based on deficiencies.

Information for Current Students

Plan of Study

Students must submit their signed, official Plan of Study form to the Graduate School by the end of the first semester they are enrolled. All students must register for and complete the doctoral qualifying examination prior to the completion of their first twelve (12) hours of doctoral coursework. Based on the outcome of the qualifiers, students may have additional coursework assigned to their plan of study. Students must have a 3.0 GPA to graduate.

Responsible Conduct of Research Training

All faculty holding regular or associate graduate faculty status, must complete CITI training modules required by the Graduate School and their departments. All graduate students must complete the CITI training modules required by the Graduate School and their departments the first semester they are enrolled in graduate school. The RSIE policy and training information are found on the Graduate School web page – Contact the dean of the Graduate School if you have any questions regarding the policy of training information


Students must meet the residency requirements specified in the Graduate Bulletin. The doctoral residency requirement for the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education content requires twenty-four (24) continuous hours of graduate study on campus within two consecutive semesters (fall, spring), excluding summer.

Continuous Enrollment Requirement

Students must meet the requirements specified in the front section of this Graduate Bulletin for continuous enrollment.

Comprehensive Exam

A comprehensive exam is required for all doctoral students and must be passed before proceeding to the dissertation. A 3.0 GPA is required for graduation.