PhD Education: Exceptionalities & Ke Alaka'i Grant

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Graduates of the Exceptionalities Specialization of the PhD in Education Program are prepared to assume leadership roles in Special Education and other disability-related fields. They are prepared to address local, regional, national, and international issues related to research, personnel training, program development, and program evaluation.

Thank you to everyone that expressed interest in our Ke Alaka'i (Leadership) Grant for Spring 2017. All applications and admittance decisions have been finalized. In order to learn of future grant opportunities, be sure to submit your contact information using the Advise Me button. 

Class Type, License, & Certification

Evening Program: Courses are primarily delivered through face-to-face classes in the evenings (usually 4:30-7:00 pm). Some online classes may be available. This program does NOT lead to teacher licensure.

Coursework Total Credits: 48-60

College Core Courses
(12 credits)
Multiple Perspectives on Educational Research (3 credits) 

Individual Paradigms: one qualitative, one quantitative (6 credits)

Advanced Methods for Dissertation Research (3 credits)


Exceptionalities Core Courses
(12 credits)
  • SPED 705: First seminar on Exceptionalities
  • SPED 705: Second seminar on Exceptionalities
  • SPED 710: Professional Seminar in Exceptionalities (1 credit per semester for four semesters)
  • SPED 740: Single-Case Experimental Design
  • SPED 760: Grant Development and Procurement
(12-24 credits)
Candidates must demonstrate depth/breadth in an area of study pertinent to the field of Exceptionalities. Competence in depth/breadth is demonstrated through seven portfolio products:  
  1. Academic curriculum vita
  2. In depth review of the literature in his/her emphasis area
  3. Research or other scholarly presentation at a national or regional conference related to area of depth/breadth
  4. Original field-based research investigation or a research and development project
  5. Grant proposal for extramural funding of activities related to area of depth/breadth
  6. University teaching and/or practicum supervision and/or internship
  7. Dissertation proposal prospectus
Additional Requirements    
  • Dissertation (EDUC 800)
    • Proposal (approved and defended)
    • Research study (conducted)
    • Dissertation (written, defended, and approved)
  • Residency requirement of three semesters of full time (8 credits) enrollment
  • Comprehensive Examination (Written and Oral)


Graduates of the program are expected to assume special education leadership roles addressing local, regional, national, and international issues related to research and higher education and/or program development and evaluation. 

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