For master’s degree programs see Early Childhood Special Education and Inclusive Special Education: 1-6 preparation and 7-12 preparation and Inclusive Special Education: Severe/Multiple Disabilities.
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Syracuse University has a long tradition of leadership in the field of special education and is recognized nationally and internationally. Syracuse University offered one of the first comprehensive programs of its kind in the United States and continues to be recognized for its leadership and vision in inclusive education. Throughout its fifty-year history, faculty and students in the program have engaged in critically important educational issues and concerns. Syracuse was among the first universities to bring attention to the educational needs of students with disabilities and to effectively develop and refine assessment and educational strategies for diverse learners. Syracuse also led the way in deinstitutionalization policy, research, and advocacy. Syracuse faculty and students continue this important legacy of promoting the rights of students with disabilities. In collaboration with area school districts, faculty and students have been instrumental in demonstrating ways of meaningfully integrating students with disabilities in general education classrooms.
Doctoral study should afford students the opportunity to examine critical issues in the field in the broadest possible contexts. It should encourage expansive thinking and developing new ways of examining important educational issues as well as in-depth study. At Syracuse University we pursue both aims by supporting broadly framed inquiry and in-depth investigations into particular, focused areas or issues. We have organized our program to address two interrelated foci: a concern for public policy affecting the lives of people with disabilities; and, the development of effective instructional programming for diverse learners. Doctoral students are asked to select one major emphasis: 1) Inclusive Educational Studies or 2) Disability Studies and Policy Studies. The purpose of selecting a major emphasis is to help bring focus to student’s coursework plans, research activities, internships, and career planning. Students are not limited to any one particular area and are encouraged to take courses and participate in seminars that expand or contribute to their research interests.
The doctoral concentration is designed to serve students who wish to pursue leadership positions in special education or related fields. This includes those who seek a career in the academy, or as field-based researchers, government/policy specialists, public and private agency/organization directors, program developers, and special education consultants and advocates. The majority of our graduates seek academic positions as faculty at colleges and universities.