2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

Doctor of Philosophy in Special Education

This program will prepare students to serve in an exciting career in which you can lead the educational or behavioral professions through administration, scholarship, and entrepreneurship. It is designed to meet the needs of advanced graduate students seeking to assume leadership roles in special education in one or more of the following positions: school leadership, administration; consultation; or in higher education, special education manager, curriculum specialist, director of clinic or treatment center, or researcher/evaluator. Upon successfully completing the program, the candidate will hold a doctor of philosophy degree in special education.

 

 

 

91 credits

Special education core, 34 credits

DISS 799Doctoral Dissertation

1 TO 24

ID 705Research Colloquium

1 TO 3

SPCE 600Education of Exceptional Children

3

SPCE 609Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis

3

SPCE 632Introduction to Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

3

SPCE 701Seminar: Policies and Issues in Special Education

3

or

SPCE 622Introduction to the Law and Higher Education Issues for Students with Autism

3

SPCE 702Learning, Behavioral, and Developmental Disabilities and Special Needs

3

SPCE 706Seminar-Instructional Strategies for Students with Intense Intervention Needs

3

or

SPCE 707Seminar-Instructional Strategies for Students with Mild Intervention Needs

3

or

SPCE 709Behaviorology and the Exceptional Person

3

SPCE 764Seminar in Special Education

3-6

Another SPCE 700-level seminar may be substituted for SPCE 706, SPCE 707, or SPCE 709 with permission from the chair or director. DISS 799 must be taken for a minimum of 10 credits. ID 705 must be taken for 3 credits. 

Research Foundations in Disability Cognate (15 credits)

The Department of Special Education offers a single cognate of 15 credits that will satisfy the required research cognate for the doctoral program. Of these 15 credits, 9 must be taken at Ball State.

EDPS 641Introduction to Statistical Methods

3

EDPS 642Analysis of Variance

3

EDST 650Introduction to Qualitative Research

3

SPCE 630Research Methods for Behavior Analysis

3

SPCE 636Research in Special Education

3

Concentration classes, a second cognate, and/or directed electives approved by the doctoral committee.

Policy and Administration concentration (15 credits)

Required courses

SPCE 637Special Education Administration and Law

3

SPCE 639Special Education Administration and Organizational Behavior

3

Directed elective requirements

SPCE 706Seminar-Instructional Strategies for Students with Intense Intervention Needs

3

or

SPCE 707Seminar-Instructional Strategies for Students with Mild Intervention Needs

3

or

SPCE 709Behaviorology and the Exceptional Person

3

SPCE 709 is the preferred seminar course.

3 credits from one of the following areas:

Policy

SPCE 677Collaborating with Families of Exceptional Children

3

or

SPCE 687Educational Assessment: Mild Interventions

3

Administration

SPCE 624Vocational Preparation and Transition for Students with Disabilities

3

or

SPCE 636Research in Special Education

3

or

SPCE 694Internship in Special Education

3 TO 9

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Autism concentration (15 credits)

Required courses

SPCE 609Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis

3

SPCE 610Behavioral Consultation

3

Directed elective requirements

SPCE 706Seminar-Instructional Strategies for Students with Intense Intervention Needs

3

or

SPCE 707Seminar-Instructional Strategies for Students with Mild Intervention Needs

3

or

SPCE 709Behaviorology and the Exceptional Person

3

SPCE 709 is the preferred seminar course.

3 credits from one of the following areas:

ABA

SPCE 611Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis

3

or

SPCE 689Verbal Behavior

3

Autism

SPCE 680Introduction to Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders

3

or

SPCE 682Interventions and Treatments for Persons with Autism

3

Emotional and Behavioral Disorders concentration (15 credits)

Required courses

EDPS 606Human Learning and Achievement Motivation

3

SPCE 604Applied Behavior Analysis for Teachers

3

SPCE 632Introduction to Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

3

SPCE 634Educating Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

3

SPCE 635Advanced Studies in Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

3

Multi-Tier System of Supports/Response to Intervention concentration (15 credits)

Required courses

EDEL 655Principles of Differentiation in the Elementary Classroom

3

SPCE 606Multi-Tier System of Supports/Response to Intervention: Seminar

3

SPCE 607Multi-Tier System of Supports/Response to Intervention: Tracking Student Progress

3

Select two courses from one of the sequences listed below

Behavior (SPCE)

SPCE 610Behavioral Consultation

3

SPCE 690Student Teaching in Exceptional Needs

1 TO 12

Reading (ELED)

EDRD 690Reading Practicum

3

EDRD 692Clinical Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties

3

or

six credits of discipline specific course work (with permission).

6

Low Incidence: Teaching and Learning concentration (15 credits)

Required courses

SPCE 577Introduction to Students with Intense Intervention Needs

3

SPCE 578Educational Methods for Students with Intense Intervention Needs

3

Directed elective requirements

SPCE 706Seminar-Instructional Strategies for Students with Intense Intervention Needs

3

or

SPCE 709Behaviorology and the Exceptional Person

3

SPCE 706 is the preferred seminar course.

3 credits from one of the following areas:

Severe

SPCE 609Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis

3

or

SPCE 631Computer Technology and the Learner with Special Needs

3

Autism

SPCE 680Introduction to Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders

3

or

SPCE 682Interventions and Treatments for Persons with Autism

3

High Incidence: Teaching and Learning concentration (9 credits)

Required courses

SPCE 686Introduction: Mild Interventions

3

SPCE 687Educational Assessment: Mild Interventions

3

Directed elective requirements

SPCE 603Collaboration in Special Education

3

or

SPCE 631Computer Technology and the Learner with Special Needs

3

or

SPCE 688Methods of Mild Intervention

3

or

SPCE 707Seminar-Instructional Strategies for Students with Mild Intervention Needs

3

or

SPCE 709Behaviorology and the Exceptional Person

3

SPCE 707 is the preferred seminar course.

Special Education General concentration (9 credits)

Required courses

SPCE 600Education of Exceptional Children

3

SPCE 636Research in Special Education

3

Directed elective requirements

SPCE 706Seminar-Instructional Strategies for Students with Intense Intervention Needs

3

or

SPCE 707Seminar-Instructional Strategies for Students with Mild Intervention Needs

3

or

SPCE 709Behaviorology and the Exceptional Person

3

(SPCE 707 is the preferred seminar course.)