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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017


Curriculum and Instruction (CUR)
with a Concentration in Special Education (DSE)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 13.0301
College of Education (ED)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 115
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 82

Contact Information:
College of Education
Teaching and Learning Department (CNI)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue EDU105
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Phyllis Jones
Phone: 818-974-2536
Email: pjones7@usf.edu

Website: http://www.coedu.usf.edu/main/departments/sped/doctoral/doctoralprogram.html


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Program Information


The doctoral program in Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in Special Education focuses on urban special education and university-school partnerships in preparing researchers, teacher educators, and school leaders. Graduates of the program will have an informed perspective on ethical issues in the interactions of race, ethnicity, social class, gender, and disability; and the impact of these issues on special education policies, research, teacher education and services. Program graduates will demonstrate knowledge and skills in the design, implementation and maintenance of university-school partnerships; an interdisciplinary grounding in and respect for multiple genres and methods of inquiry; the ability to conceptualize, plan and conduct research; and the ability to value the conceptual and analytical skills of a scholar. The Department emphasizes interdisciplinary research and development. Faculty members in several departments have joint appointments in special education. After admission to a program, the student will be assigned a doctoral program advisor who will assist in identifying a major professor. Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

 

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: January 15

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

Refer to each area of concentration for program admission requirements or contact the program for assistance.

Admissions Status: Apply

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Program Degree Requirements

 
SPECIAL EDUCATION (DSE)
The doctoral program in Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in Special Education focuses on urban special education and university-school partnerships in preparing researchers, teacher educators, and school leaders. Graduates of the program will have an informed perspective on ethical issues in the interactions of race, ethnicity, social class, gender, and disability; and the impact of these issues on special education policies, research, teacher education and services. Program graduates will demonstrate knowledge and skills in the design, implementation and maintenance of university-school partnerships; an interdisciplinary grounding in and respect for multiple genres and methods of inquiry; the ability to conceptualize, plan and conduct research; and the ability to value the conceptual and analytical skills of a scholar. The Department emphasizes interdisciplinary research and development. Faculty members in several departments have joint appointments in special education. After admission to a program, the student will be assigned a doctoral program advisor who will assist in identifying a major professor.

Concentration Admission Requirements:
Requirements for all applicants:
  • Have a master's or educational specialist's degree, or equivalent, from a regionally accredited college or university (or international equivalent).
  • Have earned a GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in upper division undergraduate coursework, or a minimum GPA of 3.50 on a 4.00 scale in graduate coursework.
  • Have submitted official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.
  • Provide three letters of recommendation from professionals who are familiar with their scholarship and work history.
  • Provide evidence of at least three years of successful work experience in relevant professional roles.
  • Present self professionally in an oral interview with two or more faculty members.
  • Demonstrate the ability to write professionally by submitting a spontaneous writing sample at the time of the interview.
  • Provide a statement of professional goals (immediate, intermediate, and long term) and research interests. Professional goals and research interests should be compatible with the opportunities provided through a doctoral degree in special education.
  • Receive endorsement by the majority of tenured and tenure-earning faculty members in the department.
For international applicants:
Applicants whose native language is not English or who have earned a degree outside the United States must meet the University requirements relative to international graduate admission, (e.g. TOEFL scores). In addition to these university requirements, applicants to the college of Education must provide the following: 1) An external, courses by course evaluation of the foreign degree by an approved external agency, and based on official transcripts; 2) A social security number in degree programs requiring practica or internships; 3) Other information as required of all other applicants to the Ph.D. Program in Special Education.

Total Program requirements with this concentration:
82 hours minimum

Core Requirement
     EEX 7743 -Philosophies of Inquiry(3)
Statistics/Research Methods14 hrs
In addition to the specialization requirements, all students must complete at least 18 hours of coursework in Measurement/Statistics/Research Design, including:
EDF 7408Statistical Analysis for Education II4
Two qualitative research methods courses (6 hrs. minimum)
EDF 7477Qualitative Research in Special Education4
EEX 6307Qualitative Research in Special Education (Qual II)3
Research Elective (Qualitative or Quantitative)3/4
Concentration Requirements38 hrs
EEX 7744C&I Issues in Urban Special Education3
EEX 7815 Research Seminar/Field Study9
EEX 7xxxSpecial Education Teacher Education3
EEX 7939Teacher Education in Special Education: Pedagogy3
EEX 7754Language & Learning Variability3
EDF 7230 Special Education Law3
EEX 7xxxSpecial Education Leadership Seminar2
EEX 7xxxCritical Analysis Theory and Research3
EEX 7xxxCritical Analysis of Compensatory, Remedial & SPED3
EEX 7745Historical, Ethical, & Disciplinary Foundations of Special Education3
EEX 7xxxEthics in Teacher Education and Teacher Development3
Cognate (Minimum)15 hrs
Courses selected are consistent with the student's program of study and selected with the approval of a program committee and should be coursework other than in the concentration area. Courses in the cognate area must be taken at the graduate level.
Doctoral Qualifying Examination:
All students must perform successfully on a doctoral qualifying examination as part of the criteria for admission to candidacy.
Dissertation12 hrs
Dissertation hours may not be taken until after Candidacy is attained. Students must be registered for a minimum of 2 credit hours every semester following candidacy until dissertation is defended, including semester in which student graduates.
EEX 7980: Dissertation: Doctoral12
 


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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

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New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

EDG7667, EDG7692, EDH7225, EDF6407, EDF7408, EDF7410, EEX7745, EDF7145, EDF6883, EDF7682, EDF7934, EEX7743, EEX7744, EEX7815, EEX7939, EDF7230, EEX7911, EEX7980,