This program can be completed in 77 credit hours (including dissertation). Additional credit hours could be required if optional research tools coursework or additional externship hours are chosen.
With our open enrollment and expanded schedule of available courses, you can start any term and choose the enrollment level that is right for you. Full-time students generally finish in three years; part-time students can typically finish within five years.
For an example of upcoming courses, visit the Current Program Students page.
Students are to select 9 semester hours of courses in a cognate closely related to the student’s program goals. Electives are chosen in consultation with the major advisor and are an integral part of the program plan.
Students in special education must demonstrate proficiency in two of the four research tools. You will work with your advisor on research tool course options.
You can include Director of Gifted Education Endorsement preparation if you take it as an Area of Special Interest for this PhD degree.
Contact the Program Coordinator for details and advice based upon your academic background.
The comprehensive examination consists of a written Major Paper plus a matrix of performance options that demonstrates competency in theory, pedagogy, research methodology, evidence-based practice, public policy/advocacy, and collaboration.
For full details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.