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Joint Doctoral Program in Special Education

Course Load
The major objective of the first year is to help the student achieve competence in developing and implementing a research project and to critically review and interpret a professional literature. All students are required to complete the following core courses in their first two years of study.

SFSU Core Courses
SPED 902   Seminar in Public Policy
SPED 903   Research in Special Education: Program Design and Analysis
SPED 905   University-Level Teaching Internship (strongly recommended)
SPED 907   Learning and Development: Influence on Disabilities
SPED 908   Directed Study Special Topics (Faculty Advising)
SPED 909   Current Issues in Special Education Policy & Practice
*For course descriptions see the SFSU Bulletin
UCB Core Courses
EDUC 214   Human Development Seminar
EDUC 200A   Cognitive Development or
EDUC 205   Instruction and Development or
EDUC 291C   Cognition, Learning, and Instruction: Ages 12 and Up or
EDUC 291D   Cognition, Learning, and Instruction: Childhood and Adolescence
An approved alternative:
EDUC 293A   Data Analysis in Educational Research
EDUC 293L   Educational Data Analysis Laboratory
EDUC 275B   Data Analysis in Educational Research II
EDUC 275L   Educational Data Analysis Laboratory
EDUC 299   Special Study and Research (Faculty Advising)
*For course information please see the UCB Course page

In conjunction with the primary advisers, students will select a course of study which is congruent with their professional development goals and previous course work and experience. In addition, students are required to select three areas of specialization in consultation with the primary advisers. A minimum of three courses or nine units is required in each area of specialization, not including directed or independent study. At least one of the three areas of study must be completed at the opposite campus.

Students who are accepted into the program and who have minimal or no academic course work in special education will be required to enroll in prerequisite foundation courses. These courses are taken primarily at the SFSU campus.

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