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A number of facilities at the University and in the community offer outstanding opportunities for observation, research, and study. Housed within the College of Education is the Learning Technology Center (LTC). The LTC collection includes education-related textbooks, journals, monographs, psychological tests and materials, audiotapes and videotapes, and microfilm and microfiche. Facilities are available for audiotaping, videotaping, and media production, including a commercial-quality television studio and portable video equipment. A microcomputer laboratory is also available to students and faculty members. The Special Education Assistive Technology Instructional Laboratory provides preparation in assistive and instructional technology for people of all ages with disabilities. Classroom demonstrations, orientations, and instruction are provided to graduate and undergraduate students. In addition, the nearby Perry-Castaneda Library contains extensive holdings in special education and related fields. Practicum and internship opportunities are provided by a number of schools, state facilities, and community agencies.
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.
Master of Arts. A Master of Arts degree may be obtained in any concentration except special education administration. The Master of Arts requires at least thirty semester hours, 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 in special education.
Master of Education. Two Master of Education degree plans are available in each concentration except special education administration. The Master of Education degree with a report requires at least thirty-three semester hours of coursework, including three hours for preparing the report. The Master of Education degree without a 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 in special education.
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.
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Mailing address: Graduate Program, Department of Special Education, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712-1290