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Admission Requirements

The School of Education and Human Development has common admission requirements for its Doctoral Programs regardless of the specialty sought. Applicants to the program must submit the following records and documents to the Office of Admissions:

  1. An online application for the Graduate Admissions Office with appropriate fees.
  2. An official copy of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores.
  3. Official transcripts of all higher education institutions attended.

Additionally, applicants must submit the following to the Office of Advanced Graduate Studies in the School of Education and Human Development.

  1. Three letters of reference attesting to the applicant’s ability to succeed in doctoral study. Letters and any other supporting documents are to be sent to FIU Graduate Admission Office, 11200 SW 8th Street, PC 230, Miami, FL 33199.
  2. A current resume/vitae.
  3. A letter of intent

It is recommended that interested applicants contact a special education advisor at (305) 348-2003 to discuss the program in detail. No action will be taken on incomplete files. A file is considered incomplete if any of the above is missing. The application and all supporting documentation are reviewed by program faculty. An on-site interview will be scheduled for viable candidates. The criteria applied in reviewing the applicant’s file are noted below. Exceptions to one or more of the stated criteria may be granted provided the applicant can provide compelling reasons and evidence.

  1. A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution in an appropriate area with a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work or a 3.25 GPA in a completed Master’s Degree from an accredited program.  
  2. A 3.25 GPA in all graduate work attempted;
  3. A master’s degree from an accredited institution;
  4. Students must submit verbal and quantitative scores from the GRE;
  5. International graduate student applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A total score of 80 on the iBT TOEFL or overall 6.5 on the IELTS is required.

Upon completion of the review of the file, the applicant will be interviewed by program and departmental faculty which comprise a Faculty Admissions Committee. Final admission recommendations are made by the Faculty Admissions Committee and the Dean of the College. As admission to programs is competitive, meeting minimum admission requirements does not assure admission into the program. A candidate for admission to the program will be judged not only on the basis of quantitative criteria (listed elsewhere in this catalog) but also in relation to prior experience, especially as it relates to future career goals. Additional information is available from the Coordinator of Doctoral Programs or Program Faculty.

Professional Studies Core: (6)  

  • EDP 7057 Educational Psychology: Advanced Applications (3)
  • EDF 7937 Advanced Topics in Social Foundations of Education (3)

Special Education Core: (18-24)  

  • EEX 7795 Advanced Issues in Education of CLD Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EEX 7933 Advanced Topics in Special Education(repeated 3 times) (9)
  • EEX 6863 Supervised Field Experience in Special Education (3-9)
  • EEX 7977 Research and Evaluation in Special Education (3)

Research Methods and Statistics: (18)  

  • EDF 6472 Research Methods in Education: Introduction to Data Analysis (3)
  • EDF 6486 Advanced Data Analysis in Quantitative Educational Research (3)
  • EDP 7058 Behavioral Intervention Research and Evaluation in Education (3)
  • EDF 7403C Data Analysis in Multivariate Educational Research (3)
  • EDF 6475 Qualitative Foundations of Educational Research (3)
  • EDF 6476 Advanced Methods of Qualitative Educational Research (3)

Cognate or Minor Area of Study: (9-12)

Students design a cognate or minor area with their Program of Study Committee.

Dissertation Study: (24)

  • EEX 7980 Ed.D. Dissertation

Other Requirements

Leadership competency activities, candidacy research, candidacy examination, dissertation proposal, dissertation, oral defense of dissertation.