First of its kind
UToledo’s Ph.D. program in special education curriculum and instruction is the first online doctoral program approved in Ohio by the State Board of Education.
Special education is a high-demand field. The University of Toledo offers online master's and doctoral programs for educators who want to specialize in the field.
UToledo’s online Ph.D. program in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in special education is the first online doctoral program approved in Ohio by the State Board of Education.
Our online graduate programs allow working professionals to attend full time or part time.
The program’s focus is to prepare the next generation of scholars and researchers to use evidence-based approaches to research. Our students then learn to use practical applications of research results and analyses to maximize outcomes for learners with exceptionalities.
UToledo’s rigorous curriculum prepares students for positions as scholarly and academic leaders in educational or early intervention systems at the local, regional, state and national levels.
Learn the latest in theory, research and practice to become more effective in the classroom.
Choose to focus in:
The master’s program can be linked to teacher certification requirements in Ohio and Michigan.
UToledo also offers specific endorsements that can be added to your current Ohio Dept. of Education teacher license:
Admissions are ongoing for the M.Ed. program. You may begin the program in any term. We recommend that you apply at least two months before the start of a term.
Online support. UToledo is a large, public institution. We have the resources to help distance learners succeed: UT Online, eTutoring, an IT Help Desk and eLibrary.
Direct faculty contact. Doctoral students work closely with faculty members and colleagues in a virtual community. They also meet face-to-face with advisors as needed.
Access to a community of experts. Network with national and international leaders in early childhood special education and early intervention through UToledo’s membership in DECIDE — Division for Early Childhood’s Consortium for Innovations in Doctoral Excellence.
Marketable skills. There is a high demand for licensure students in Ohio and across the country. Our graduate students find jobs. Our programs also prepare you for the ODE assessment, as well as certification requirements.
Teach Grants. SPED licensure students are eligible for Teach grants if you currently work or are willing to work in a low-income school.
UToledo’s Ph.D. graduates are employed as researchers, scholars and academic leaders in educational or early-intervention systems at the local, regional, state and national levels. Job and career options also include:
Graduates of our M.Ed. program find careers as:
UToledo’s plan of study for the online Ph.D. is designed so students can complete their degrees in 4-5 years by taking courses part time (2 courses per semester, including summers). Students take:
Students also complete:
Online Special Education Curriculum & Instruction Ph.D. Program Sample Courses
UToledo’s special education faculty are nationally recognized leaders in their fields. They:
Faculty research interests include: