DPS NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THIS PROGRAM, PLEASE CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT FOR OTHER OPTIONS, including the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision (CES). Information about the Ph.D. Program in CES can be found at https://www.coe.arizona.edu/dps/ces_doc
Rehabilitation counselors and others who wish to enhance their leadership, teaching and research skills often pursue the doctoral degree program. Applicants must meet all the academic requirements of the University of Arizona Graduate College and hold a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling from a CORE-accredited program or have completed basic coursework in counseling theories, principles of rehabilitation, medical aspects of disability, psychosocial aspects of disability and a counseling practicum/internship. Doctoral courses may take place entirely on the Tucson campus or participants may complete the first 18 units on campus and finish the remaining units through a work-study model. While guidelines regarding doctoral course requirements are provided, a doctoral sequence of study is uniquely developed to meet the goals and needs of an individual candidate.
The Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies is committed to research about and teaching of students with disabilities and special abilities. The department’s research, teaching, and service address current issues in special education, rehabilitation, school psychology, and deaf studies. The Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies (DPS) is dedicated to advancing human and economic development through the empowerment and effective inclusion of culturally diverse individuals with disabilities and special abilities of all ages. This is accomplished by conducting research to further knowledge and understanding of abilities, disabilities, adaptations, interventions, and support systems; preparing professionals to educate and facilitate the development of individuals with disabilities and special abilities; and providing leadership at the local, state, national, and international levels. To accomplish our mission, the department offers nationally recognized undergraduate, master's, educational specialist, and doctoral-level degrees to prepare teachers, counselors, specialists, administrators, school psychologists, school counselors, and researchers and educators in special education, rehabilitation, school psychology, gifted education, sign language and deaf studies, and educational interpreting.
College of Education
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
DPS IS NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THIS PROGRAM, PLEASE CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT FOR OTHER OPTIONS, including the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision (CES). Information about the Ph.D. Program in CES can be found at https://www.coe.arizona.edu/dps/ces_doc
Required test(s): GRE
Minimum TOEFL: 79
Minimum IELTS: 7
This degree is no longer being offered to new appliants.
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program:
College Core (6 units):
SERP 556 or EDL 504, or
EDP 560 Research Methods / Disciplined Inquiry (3)
SERP 587 Psychosocial / Cultural Aspects of Disability (3)
Research and Statistics Core (10 units):
Design Example (3)
Additional Research Preparation and Experience (6 units):
Six additional units of research experience and preparation are required, such as:
SERP 590 Single-Subject Research Design (3)
EDP 647 Factor Analysis Techniques in Education (3)
EDP 646 Multivariate Methods in Educational Research (3)
SERP 900 Research (3)
Rehabilitation Core Courses (24 units):
SERP794 Teaching Practicum (3)
SERP794 Counseling Practicum (3)
SERP794 Counseling Supervision (3)
SERP794 Research (3)
SERP794 Research (3)
SERP595E Professoriate (3)
SERP595M Professional Writing (3)
SERP696E Grant Writing (3)
Elective coursework is not required.
Students are required to complete several benchmark exams, including the qualifying exam, comprehensive exam (written and oral portions), and dissertation defense.
Students must also minor in a related academic area which (1) is directly applicable to the field of rehabilitation and (2) is associated with a Ph.D. major area of concentration (e.g., sociology, special education, psychology, school psychology, higher education, educational leadership, and child development).
The student and the members of their Minor Committee plan course work for the minor. A doctoral plan of study must be approved by their Major and Minor Committee.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.