Deaf and Hard of Hearing PhD

Ph.D. in Special Education: Deaf and Hard of Hearing


The Ph.D. in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is administered and awarded through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University.  The degree requires a minimum of 84 credits beyond the master’s degree and presumes a background in and/or direct professional experience in working with individuals who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing. The Ph.D. program comprises several areas of study including: 1) advanced study in general special education, 2) advanced study in research paradigms, 3) advanced study in the education of the d/Deaf and hard of hearing, and 4) advanced study in a professional specialization.

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Admissions Information

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Doctor of Philosophy

  • Points/Credits: 84

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Application Requirements

 Requirement
 Online Degree Application, including Statement of Purpose and Resume
 Transcripts and/or Course-by-Course Evaluations for all Undergraduate/Graduate Coursework Completed
 Results from an accepted English Proficiency Exam (if applicable)
 $75 Application Fee
 Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
 *Updated Program Name and (Major Code) are now Special Education: Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHEN)*

Requirements from the TC Catalog (AY 2023-2024)

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Research and Evaluation Emphasis:

Students with excellent potential as researchers and theoreticians who are interested in scholarly careers in special education, education, and related social sciences may apply for the Ph.D. degree program, which represents the highest level of achievement in the Arts and Sciences. This degree program is administered jointly by Teachers College and the graduate faculty of Columbia University.

Prospective students may obtain information on program offerings by contacting the program office.

 

Ph.D. in Special Education: Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The Ph.D. doctoral program is divided into several areas of study including 1) advanced study in general special education, the philosophy of science, and theory building; 2) advanced study in a minimum of two paradigms of research; 3) advanced study in the education of the deaf and hard of hearing, including advanced study in linguistics, psycholinguistics, and developmental psycholinguistics; and 4) a professional specialization.

The Ph.D. in Special Education: Deaf and Hard of Hearing is administered and awarded through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University and requires the equivalent of an undergraduate liberal arts degree. The degree requires a minimum of 54 credits beyond the master’s degree and presumes a background in, and/or direct professional experience in, working with individuals who are deaf or Hard of Hearing.

Core Requirements for all Ph.D. Special Education majors (15):

  • HBSE 5010 Study of the Philosophic Foundations of Special Education (3)

  • HBSE 6001 Research in Special Education: Group Design (3)

  • HBSE 6010 Advanced Study of Problems and Issues in Special Education (3)

  • HBSE 6031 Research in Special Education: Single Case Design (3)

  • HBSE 7500 Dissertation Seminar in Special Education (3)

  • HBSE 8907 Dissertation Advisement in Special Education: Deaf and Hard of Hearing (0)

Research Requirement (15)

  • HUDM 4122 Probability and Statistical Inference (3)

  • HUDM 5122 Applied Regression Analysis (3)

  • HUDM 5123 Linear Models (3)

Advanced Statistics/Research/Evaluation/Measurements Courses (examples listed below)

  • HUDM 5059 Psychological Measurement (3)

  • HUDM 6122 Multivariate Analysis I (3)

Area of Concentration: Deaf and Hard of Hearing (18):

Deaf and Hard of Hearing (6)

  • HBSE 5907 Problems in Special Education: Deaf and Hard of Hearing (3)

  • HBSE 6507 Advanced Seminar in Special Education: Deaf and Hard of Hearing (3)

Depending upon the student’s background and research interest, the student is expected to choose 12 credit hours of study in a specialization area determined through advisement.

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