The doctoral program in special education is a research degree. A core aspect of doctoral study is to learn how to conduct research and to transform the results of research into articles and scholarly presentations. The majority of graduates become professors in colleges and universities. Many students in the Special Education Doctoral Program also enroll in the newly created Concentration in Disability Studies.
A Tradition of Innovation
Syracuse University has a long tradition of leadership in the field of special education and is recognized nationally and internationally. SU offered one of the first comprehensive programs of its kind in the United States and continues to be recognized for its leadership and vision in inclusive education. Throughout its fifty-year history, faculty and students in the program have engaged in critically important educational issues and concerns. Syracuse was among the first universities to bring attention to the educational needs of students with disabilities and to effectively develop and refine assessment and educational strategies for diverse learners. Syracuse also led the way in deinstitutionalization policy, research and advocacy. Syracuse faculty and students continue this important legacy of promoting the rights of students with disabilities. In collaboration with area school districts, faculty and students have been instrumental in demonstrating ways of meaningfully integrating students with disabilities in general education classrooms.
The program believes that doctoral study should afford students the opportunity to examine critical issues in the field in the broadest possible contexts. It should encourage expansive thinking about important educational issues as well as in-depth study. At Syracuse University students and faculty pursue both aims by supporting broadly framed inquiry as well as in-depth investigations into particular areas or issues. The program is organized around two interrelated foci: the development of effective instructional programming for diverse learners and a concern for public policy affecting the lives of people with disabilities. Doctoral students are asked to select one focus area:
The purpose of selecting one of these areas of study is to help bring focus to student’s coursework plans, research activities, internships and career planning. Students are not limited to any one particular area and are encouraged to take courses and participate in seminars that expand or contribute to their research interests.
The doctoral concentration is designed to prepare students to pursue leadership positions in special education or related fields. This includes those who seek a career in the academy, or as field-based researchers, government/policy specialists, public and private agency/organization directors, program developers, and special education consultants and advocates. The majority of our graduates seek our academic positions as faculty at colleges and universities.
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