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Grad Catalog 01-03


Graduate Study

Admission and


of Study

Members of
Graduate Studies




Special Education

Degrees Offered
Master of Arts
Master of Education
Doctor of Philosophy
Doctor of Education

Facilities for Graduate Work

A number of facilities at the University and in the community offer outstanding opportunities for observation, research, and study. For example, the Learning Technology Center in the College of Education houses the Assistive Technology Laboratory, with a wide array of hardware and software used to prepare students to use assistive and instructional technology in working with individuals with disabilities. It also houses the Advanced Applications Laboratory, with a number of full multimedia and Internet workstations; the Educational Software Preview Center; several distance learning classrooms; and a Collaborative Learning Laboratory. Students may also work with special education faculty members in the Texas Center for Reading and Language Arts (TCRLA) in the College of Education. The center works closely with the Texas Education Agency and school districts throughout Texas and conducts a number of research and professional development projects at the state and national levels. The nearby Perry-Castaneda Library contains extensive holdings in special education and related fields. Students also have access through UT Library Online to an array of electronic databases, journals, and books related to special education. Practicum and internship opportunities are provided by a number of local schools, state facilities, and community agencies.

Areas of Study

Concentrations in the graduate program in special education are learning disabilities and behavior disorders, rehabilitation counselor education, special education administration, early childhood special education, and multicultural special education.

Graduate Studies Committee

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 2000-2001.

Candace S. Bos
Diane P. Bryant
Shernaz Bhathena Garcia
John D. King
Sylvia Linan-Thompson
Robert L. Marion
Audrey McCray
Melissa L. Olive
     Alba A. Ortiz
Randall M. Parker
Herbert J. Rieth
James L. Schaller
Keith D. Turner
Sharon Vaughn
Gwendolyn Webb-Johnson
James R. Yates

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts. The Master of Arts degree is offered in all concentrations except special education administration. The Master of Arts requires at least thirty semester hours of coursework, including six hours for researching and writing a thesis. The general requirements for the master's degree set a minimum standard. Information about additional requirements is available from the graduate coordinator.

Master of Education. Two Master of Education degree plans are available in each concentration except special education administration. The Master of Education degree with report requires at least thirty-three semester hours of coursework, including three hours for preparing the report. The Master of Education degree without thesis or report requires at least thirty-six semester hours of coursework. The general requirements for the master's degree set a minimum standard. Information about additional requirements is available from the graduate coordinator.

Doctor of Philosophy. The Doctor of Philosophy degree program emphasizes research and professional development along with college teaching. The student must demonstrate competence in areas determined by the Graduate Studies Committee by producing a prospectus that receives the committee's approval and by earning a grade of at least B in the doctoral core courses. In addition, the student must fulfill requirements in the area of statistics and research design.

Doctor of Education. The Doctor of Education degree program focuses on preparing students for predominantly nonresearch positions. Programs are designed to prepare professionals to apply theory and research in various settings. Professionals completing the program of study are expected to be prepared to assist individuals with disabilities to function independently and productively in society. The requirements for admission to candidacy and course requirements are similar to those for the Doctor of Philosophy degree.

For More Information

Campus address: George I. Sanchez Building (SZB) 306, phone (512) 471-4161, fax (512) 471-2471; campus mail code: D5300

Mailing address: Graduate Program, Department of Special Education, SZB 306, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712-1290



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Graduate Catalog
Chapter 1 - Graduate Study
Chapter 2 - Admission and Registration
Chapter 3 - Degree Requirements
Chapter 4 - Fields of Study
Chapter 5 - Members of Graduate Studies Committees
Appendix - Course Abbreviations

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