Nov 12, 2019
The Exceptional Education track in the Education PhD program is designed to prepare highly competent doctoral-level professionals to assume leadership positions in teaching, research and service in the area of special education.
The Exceptional Education track is a challenging program of study. The program focuses on developing the qualifications to conduct research, implement best practices based on research, and evaluate new programs and projects that serve students with disabilities.
The Exceptional Education track in the Education PhD program requires a minimum of 69 credit hours beyond the master’s degree. Students must complete 24 credit hours of core courses, 15 credit hours of specialization courses, 6 credit hours of internship, and 24 credit hours of dissertation. All students must also complete the candidacy examination.
Total Credit Hours Required: 69 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master’s Degree
Required Courses: 39 Credit Hours
Core Courses: 24 Credit Hours
Specialization Courses: 15 Credit Hours
Dissertation: 24 Credit Hours
Doctoral students must present a prospectus for the dissertation to the doctoral adviser, prepare a proposal and present it to the dissertation committee, and defend the final research submission with the dissertation committee.
- EEX 7980 - Dissertation Research 24 Credit Hours minimum
Internship: 6 Credit Hours
Specialization in this track must include a minimum of 6 credit hours in professional internship.
To enter candidacy for the PhD, students must have an overall 3.0 GPA on all graduate work included in the planned program and pass all required examinations. Examinations will be scheduled by the student and major adviser. The associate dean for graduate studies and research must be notified of the date and location of the exam 30 days in advance.Students must be enrolled in the university during the semester an examination is taken.
The following are required to be admitted to candidacy and enroll in dissertation hours:
- Completion of all course work, except for dissertation hours.
- Successful completion of the candidacy examination.
- Successful defense of the written dissertation proposal.
- The dissertation advisory committee is formed, consisting of approved graduate faculty and graduate faculty scholars.
- Submission of an approved program of study.
All PhD candidates will be required to complete two examinations.
Please note that there may be variations in length of exam time and content based on the respective requirements of each track.
- Research in the Specialization—8-hour written examination.
- Specialization—3-hour oral examination.
The dissertation satisfies the independent learning requirement.
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements , applicants to this program must provide:
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
- A master’s degree in a closely related field.
- Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Goal statement.
- A timed writing sample produced during the interview.
- Group interview with faculty. Current doctoral students may also interview applicants.
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.
Due to new funding opportunities, the Fall 2019 application deadline has been extended until April 1st, 2019 for Domestic Applicants.
Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.