Special Education (EdD)
150 Schindler Education Center
Cedar Falls, IA 50614
Head: Dr. Frank Kohler, Interim Head
Phone: (319) 273-7484
Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Susan Etscheidt
Phone: (319) 273-3279
Read the UNI Catalog description:
This program is intended to provide practicing educators the opportunity to continue their study and earn the terminal professional degree in their field. The Ed.D. degree requires a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit beyond the master's degree, including a minimum of 45 hours of course work at the 200/6000-level or 300/7000-level. Some intensive study areas may require more hours of 200/6000-level or 300/7000-level course work.
There are three components to the program: 15 semester hours in a Professional Common Core of work in educational foundations, fundamentals, and research; 38 semester hours of Advanced Professional Study in one of four areas of intensive study and a related area; and a Dissertation of 7 semester hours.
By design, then, all students are required to study in basic areas that undergird and define educational practice and develop skills of problem definition, data collection and analysis, and interpretation. The four areas of intensive study provide for a specialized focus on practice. The four intensive study areas are: Allied Health, Recreation, and Community Services; Curriculum and Instruction; Educational Leadership; and Special Education. (In some areas, it is possible to combine doctoral degree study with work toward an endorsement to perform a particular role in K-12 education.) For brief definitions of the four areas refer to respective departments.
The Special Education area of intensive study is designed to provide students with a variety of leadership positions in public schools, higher education and human services agencies serving infants, children, youth and adults with disabilities. This program will center on preparing leaders who will be able to promote new meanings about diversity, develop inclusive school cultures and instructional programs, and forge productive relationships between schools and their communities. (For more information, contact the Head, Department of Special Education.)
The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is required for admission to the program.
Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at www.grad.uni.edu/admission. For requirements concerning admission, candidacy, scholarship, residence, examinations, dissertation, and graduation for the Doctor of Education degree refer to appropriate sections of this University Catalog.
I. Professional Common Core (15 hours)
Context of Contemporary Education
Qualitative Methods in Educational Research
Quantitative Methods in Educational Research
Measurement and Research: select one of the following:
Educational Program Evaluation
Descriptive Educational Research
Advanced Experimental Research in Education
Advanced Qualitative Methods in Educational Research
II. Advanced Professional Studies
This is the component of the program that relates to and supports the student's professional career goal. Specific course requirements for individual students will depend on faculty requirements and student background, interests, and goals. Must include a minimum of 23 hours at the 200/6000-level or 300/7000-level and must include a minimum of 6 hours outside Special Education.
III. Dissertation (7 hours)
This is the program component in which the student demonstrates proficiency in the integration of theory and practice (i.e., it involves the application of existing knowledge and/or results of individual research to an educational problem or situation).