Texas Tech University

Doctor of Philosophy in Special Education

Texas Tech's online Doctor of Philosophy in Special Education is offered by the College of Education. The goal of the doctoral program in Special Education is to prepare leadership personnel to help shape the future of special education. The program focuses on outcomes that will prepare graduates in the areas of research, teacher education, program development, and evaluation.

Program Overview

The special education program provides for coursework in the certification areas of generic special education, educational diagnostician, visual impairment, and deaf education. Students in the graduate special education program are prepared to work with individuals with disabilities in a variety of settings, including the public schools, higher education, and the private sector.

Application Process

Thank you for your interest in graduate studies in the College of Education at Texas Tech University. Before you begin the application process we encourage you to take a moment to contact one of our Graduate Student Services Coordinators. Our Coordinators can visit with you and make sure you are on track for the right program and help you navigate the application process.

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Review Process

Application Review and Decisions – once all application requirements are complete with the TTU Graduate School, your application will be sent to the College of Education program for review and decision. The timeline for this process varies based on degree and program. Applications are reviewed using a holistic approach considering all required elements of the application.

Program Requirements

Prerequisite: Master's Degree

  • Must complete 90 credit hours of coursework. 90 hours include:
    • 21 hours of Tool courses
    • 6 hours College Foundations courses
    • 21 hours in Special Education coursework
    • 24 hours of additional coursework in Special Education
    • 12 (minimum) for Dissertation
  • For more information, review the Program Information Handbook

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