Doctoral Program

Program Requirements

The PhD program in Special Education consists of course work, a candidacy examination and the preparation and defense of a thesis on an approved topic. Typically, the course work includes courses in Special Education, research methods, and Educational Psychology decided in collaboration with the supervisor. The PhD program provides flexibility for the student in terms of course work, and the opportunity to work with a faculty member. All students must secure a supervisor before being accepted to the PhD program.


The PhD program is very research focused and highly individualized, depending upon the student's previous training and interests. Graduate training prepares students for employment as practitioners, remedial specialists, consultants, academics, and researchers.

NOTE: Students should have, as pre-requisites, courses equivalent to the MEd Special Education core courses (i.e., courses in methods of educational research, and learning and/or development), as well as grounding in MEd Special Education specialization courses. If you are interested in PhD in Special Education but lack background in Special Education, please contact the Program Coordinator to discuss whether this program is right for you.


Required Courses

  • 8 three-credit course equivalents

Required:
EDPY 697  Research in Special Education *3 (if not taken as 560)
EDPY 697  Advanced Research in Special Education *3
EDPY 621  Advanced Seminar in Special Education *3
One of the following:
EDPY 605  Multivariate Statistical Methods in Educational Research *3
EDPY 608  Selected Topics in Educational Measurement *3
EDPY 609  Selected Topics in Human Development *3
EDPY 610  Selected Topics in Learning, Cognition and Instruction *3
EDPY 615  Program Evaluation *3
EDPY 640  Theories and Models of Diagnostic Assessment *3
EDPY 641  Advanced Personality Assessment *3
EDPY 642  Applied Neuropsychological Assessment: Clinical Counselling and School *3
Dissertation
Electives: 
A minimum of 4 three-credit courses, selected by the student and the Supervisory Committee. 

  • Successful completion of oral candidacy examination
  • Acceptance of dissertation
  • Successful completion of final oral examination

General Application Information

How To Apply

Program Deadlines

General Admission Requirements & Criteria

Program Coordinator

Denyse Hayward
dhayward@ualberta.ca
(780) 248-2019

Program Staff

Brown, Heather
Georgiou, George
Hayward, Denyse
McInnes, Alison
McQuarrie, Lynn
Parrila, Rauno

*Please note that when selecting an academic supervisor, you may visit the Faculty page to view all our professors to find a suitable match for your research interests.