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PhD in Educational Studies, Special Education

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As a doctoral student in special education you will use research to help improve the lives of children, youth and adults with disabilities as you prepare to become a leader in the field. The full-time PhD program in special education at The Ohio State University is designed to prepare leaders in research, teaching and service. In our accreditated program, you will develop competencies in conducting applied research, writing for publication, advanced applied behavior analysis, college teaching and service to the profession and community.

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In consultation with their faculty advisor, students will identify an area of specialization.  Examples of specialization include, but are not limited to, applied behavior analysis, intellectual and developmental disabilities, d/Deaf and hard of hearing, high-incidence disabilities, and gifted education.

ABAI accredited program logo for PhDDoctoral students who choose the applied behavior analysis specialization will take courses that fulfill the course requirements to pursue the BCBA credential.

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Master's degree

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Deadline to apply

December 1 

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Autumn Semester 

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