Ph.D. in Education, Concentration in Special Education and Disability Leadership
The special education and disability leadership concentration of the Ph.D. in education is designed to prepare researchers who are ready to assume leadership positions at universities, research centers, state departments of education or other educational and governmental institutions in the field of special education.
Please note: this program will be transitioning to a Ph.D. in special education in the near future. Please contact your adviser for more information about this change.
Emphasis in this concentration is placed on developing in-depth knowledge about topics as they pertain to personnel development, research, issues and policies in special education.
The program reflects programmatic improvements designed to provide a solid research foundation, a broad perspective for theoretical analysis of research in the field, and structured opportunities to develop expertise in research, teaching, and policy/service.
The conceptual framework for Ph.D. program is PRACTICE, which stands for (Practice, Research, and Academic Coursework in Teaching, Implementation and Community Engagement).
Grounded in core knowledge through focused coursework and an emphasis on both “learning” and “doing”, doctoral students are mentored by senior faculty who are engaged in school-based research and dissemination via research internships, preservice and inservice educator development via teaching internships, and the large-scale transfer of learning and development of 21st century skills via policy internships.
The Ph.D. in education, concentration in special education and disability leadership requires a minimum of 48 total graduate credit hours:
Please keep in mind, however, that the exact course requirements may vary depending on when you matriculated into the program, so please consult your adviser or the program coordinator with any additional questions.
VCU BULLETIN INFO
How to apply: Graduate application
Semester of entry: Summer or fall
Application deadline: Dec. 15
EXTENDED DEADLINE: JAN. 15, 2019
Concentration handbook [PDF]
Graduate assistantship application [PDF]
- VCU Graduate School requirements
- Master’s degree in appropriate discipline
- Transcripts from previous academic work
- GRE score of 300 or better, plus a score of 4 or better on the writing test
- Personal statement addressing your career and research interests
- Three letters of recommendation
- Resume or CV with academic and work history
- A personal interview
RSVP for an Information Session
Meet with our School of Education team to talk through the specifics of the program, research being done currently, and admissions and financial aid.
Shadow a VCU Student: PhD in Education - Special Education and Disability Leadership
After you learn more about our program and research, email email@example.com if you would like to do any of the following:
- Visit one of our required track classes
- Tour one of our Research Labs in Oliver Hall to see research in action
- Review Dr. Chow’s research lab website to learn more about current projects and research being done in special education
- Review Dr. Sutherland’s BEST in CLASS grant research page to see our research in action in our local communities
- Meet one-on-one with our program coordinator
- Connect with a current Ph.D. student