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2017-2018 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Apr 14, 2024
2017-2018 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Instruction and Learning - Curriculum for Early Intervention - Doctor of Philosophy, PhD

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The University of Pittsburgh School of Education’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs prepare students to be nationally competitive and highly qualified for research careers in both academic and non-academic institutions. Our full-time, research-intensive PhDs produce scholars who demonstrate excellent writing and research skills, independent scholarship and productivity, and proficiency in teaching. Under the guidance of our distinguished graduate faculty, students will have the opportunity to produce peer-reviewed publications, present at professional conferences, and collaborate on grant-writing and review, positioning them to excel in their careers as researchers and faculty. Because the PhDs are full-time, students can be fully immersed in their coursework and research in preparation for an impactful scholarly career.

Early Intervention - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


The goal of the Early Intervention PhD degree is the preparation of leadership personnel to assume academic faculty positions at the university level. The focus of preparation for the PhD program is on teaching graduate and undergraduate courses, mentoring graduate students, developing a research agenda that will result in funded and published research and translating research outcomes for the improvement of educational and related service programs for children and youth with disabilities. PhD candidates are mentored by a faculty adviser who shares their research interests and are supported by graduate faculty in special education. The PhD program is writing and research-intensive and PhD candidates will have multiple opportunities to learn and participate in the review of research literature, the preparation and submission of research grant proposals, the design and implementation of research studies, and the preparation and dissemination of research reports. A limited amount of financial assistance in the form of doctoral fellowships is available for full time students on a competitive basis. 


The remaining major field area courses are chosen according to the interests and background of the canidate.

Research Methodology and Practicum (18 credits)

  • Approved courses in Research Methodology:     12 credits
  • Approved Research Practicum:                             6 credits

Supporting Field (9-18 credits)

Nine credits are taken outside of the School of Education if the student’s bachelor’s degree is in an academic discipline or the equivalent. Eighteen credits are taken outside the School of Education if the degree is not in an academic discipline.


Electives are chosen to bring breadth and/or depth to the program of study. Because of the broad areas of specialty within the field of Special Education, these courses may be taken within the School or from across the University. Electives are taken as-needed to complete a minimum of 90 credits for the degree.

Dissertation (18 credits)

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