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Chapter 4: Fields of Study

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, housed in the College of Education, includes education-related textbooks, journals, monographs, psychological tests and materials, audiotapes and videotapes, compact discs, videodiscs, and microfilm and microfiche. Facilities are available for audiotaping, videotaping, and media production, including a commercial-quality television studio video capturing and editing equipment and portable video equipment. A microcomputer laboratory is also available to students and faculty members. The Special Education Assistive Technology Instructional Laboratory contains hardware and software that is used to prepare students to use assistive and instructional technology in educating those with disabilities. In addition, classroom demonstrations, orientations, and instruction are provided to graduate and undergraduate students. The nearby Perry-Castaneda Library contains extensive holdings in special education and related fields. Related 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 general special education, 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 1998-1999.

Diane P. Bryant
David Chard
Shernaz Bhathena Garcia
John D. King
Robert L. Marion
Audrey McCray
William A. Myers
Alba A. Ortiz
Randall M. Parker
Herbert J. Rieth
Sarita Santos
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 adviser.

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 adviser.

Doctor of Philosophy. The Doctor of Philosophy degree program emphasizes research and professional dissemination along with college teaching. The student must demonstrate competence in areas established by the Graduate Studies Committee by producing a dissertation prospectus that receives the committee's approval and by earning a grade of at least B in five of six 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) 471-4061

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

E-mail: sed@uts.cc.utexas.edu

URL: http://www.edb.utexas.edu/coe/depts/sped/sped.html

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