Admissions

The doctoral program committee uses the criteria below to assist in evaluating prospective student applications. Applicants are encouraged to use this as a guide in determining whether to apply to the program and in assembling their application packets.

REQUIRED CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO DOCTORAL PROGRAM

  • Agreement to engage in full-time doctoral studies
  • Prior experience working with individuals with or at risk of disabilities
  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in a related area (e.g., special education, curriculum and instruction, bilingual education, psychology)
  • Fit with Texas A&M University’s doctoral program (professional goals are compatible with program goals)
  • Career goal of obtaining position in higher education or educational research setting

PREFERRED CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO DOCTORAL PROGRAM

  • Teacher certification or instructional experience in school settings
  • Already earned Master’s degree in related field
  • Area of interest aligned with available SPED faculty

APPLICATION DEADLINES

The deadlines for the applications are;

  • December 1st for spring semesters
  • April 1st for fall semesters

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APPLICATION QUALITY INDICATORS

Academic Potential

  • GRE/Related Predictor
  • GPA/Transcripts
  • Previous degrees
  • Prior scholarly accomplishments (e.g., peer-reviewed publications, conference presentations)

Personal Statement and Fit with Program

  • Interest in educational research
  • Awareness of SPED doctoral program goals
  • Knowledge of the field of special education

Professional and Personal Experiences

  • Research experiences
  • Publication/scholarly presentation experiences
  • Experiences with linguistically/culturally diverse populations
  • Experiences working with individuals with disabilities
  • International experiences
  • First in family to attend college
  • Relevant alternative educational experiences

Letters of Recommendation

  • Letters speak to applicant’s scholarly potential (rather than clinical)
  • Letters are provided by supervisors/advisors (rather than peers/friends)

Letters from individuals in higher education settings are preferred.