Ph.D. In Special Education

The Doctorate in Special Education is designed for educational leadership practitioners, professional educators and researchers with a background and/or interest in special education (SE) leadership. Faculty integrate their expertise to guide students in curriculum and instruction, SE and pupil services leadership, speech and language, and literacy.

This cutting-edge program breaks down the theory-to-practice divide by developing interdisciplinary leaders in and beyond the field of higher education. In addition, students can obtain their Wisconsin Director of Special Education and Pupil Services License (#80).

Courses Are Available

Face to Face
Weekends
Main Campus

Program Details

●  Coursework Credits: 60
●  Cost per Credit: $792 (2017-18)

Application Process and Requirements

Academic and Professional Requirements

  • Prior Education
    • A master's degree from an accredited college or university.
    • A grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in master’s coursework is required, but a lower GPA can be considered on an individual basis. 

Admissions Application and Transcripts

  • Complete the Admissions Application
    Submit the admissions application which is free to complete online. Applications for this program are reviewed on a rolling basis so allow sufficient time before the start of your program to be considered for admission.
  • Request Transcripts
    • Have official transcripts from each college or university you attended delivered directly to the Office of Admissions. Cardinal Stritch University alumni and current students should inquire with the admission counselor about locating transcripts already on file.
    • Transcripts from institutions outside of the United States require a course-by-course evaluation with GPA. Request the official report from ECE or WES to be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. Allow time for the evaluation to be completed since it could take up to 4-6 weeks to be created.
  • Information for International Students
    If your prior education was not conducted in English, you must demonstrate proficiency with acceptable scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or an ESL program. Review the language and academic requirements to know if you are prepared for studying at Stritch. We can also help you obtain an F-1 student visa.

Three Letters of Recommendation with Reference Forms

Three letters of recommendation and reference forms are required. Two letters should be submitted from professionals in your field, and one from a representative of a college or university. References should include their letters of recommendation with the reference forms.

Curriculum Vitae

Applicants should send a current Curriculum Vitae which includes:

  • Information on your formal education, major schools attended, degrees obtained, and dates.
  • All professional positions held.
  • Any relevant programs or additional informal education.
  • Any published professional articles (in journals, school/agency publications, organizational newspaper, etc.); include title, date, journal, page number, etc., and attach a copy.
  • Any presentations made to organizations, associations, etc.
  • Honors/awards received.
  • Membership in professional and other organizations: offices held, dates of membership.
  • Significant/relevant experiences.
  • Community Service. 

Formal Essay

The formal essay is an essential aspect of the admission process. Follow the guidelines carefully, addressing all items. The essay will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
  • Content relevance to topic proposed
  • Clarity of presentation
  • Maturity of style
  • Maximum of six double-spaced pages
Formal Essay: Section 1 – Special Education
  • Describe the purpose of Special Education what you believe are the overall goals.
  • Describe your experiences in facilitating the education of others, especially students with special needs.
Formal Essay: Section 2 –Special Education
  • Describe personal experiences in your educational development.
  • Describe the work of one individual in the field of Special Education who has particularly influenced your professional practice.
Formal Essay: Section 3 – Organizational Transformation
  • What are the current primary needs within the field of Special Education?
  • Describe how you have participated in or fostered change in the field Special Education.
  • Describe inhibitors and facilitators of change as you perceived them.
Formal Essay: Section 4 – Goals for Doctorate in Special Education
  • Identify your goals and expectations for pursuing this doctorate.
  • Describe how the attainment of this degree will enhance your ability to transform practice.

Send Application Materials to Admissions

Submit the application online and have additional materials sent to:

Cardinal Stritch University
Graduate Admissions
6801 N. Yates Road, #516
Milwaukee, WI  53217-3985

Contact Your Counselor


Begin the admission process with Claire or contact her to follow-up on your current application.

Claire de Rochefort-Reynolds

(414) 410-4856 or (800) 347-8822
cderochefort-reynold@stritch.edu

Funding Your Education

Counselors in our Financial Aid Office know how to help doctoral students locate all options available for funding their education.

 

Alumni Network

Students, families, and employers know Cardinal Stritch University as a place that helps students find their mission, develop new skills, gain relevant career experience, and expand their professional networks. With a network of more than 34,000 graduates, our alumni are successful in their roles at nonprofits, schools, small companies, health care organizations, corporations, and entrepreneurial ventures.
 

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