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Accepting applications for Spring 2018 only.  Applications for Summer 2018 and Fall 2018 will need to be submitted at, https://texastechgrad.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login

The goal of the doctoral program in special education at Texas Tech University is to prepare leadership personnel to help shape the future of special education. Graduates are prepared for roles as teachers and researchers in university programs and specialists and consultants in direct-service agencies. The doctoral program in special education seeks to provide personnel for these roles by preparing reflective, culturally sensitive practitioners and leaders in the profession of education who practice within the Code of Ethics adopted by the Council for Exceptional Children.


The doctoral program in special education focuses on outcomes that will prepare graduates in the areas of research, teacher education, and program development and evaluation.


Doctoral-level work in special education is under the auspices of the Division of Educational Psychology and Leadership of the College of Education. The designation on the transcript and diploma reads Doctor of Education. Students must meet the requirements of the Graduate School, the College of Education, and the Special Education Program to receive a doctoral degree.



Program Coordinator - Dr. Donna Brown

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Degree Requirements

TTU Application Process


  1. You apply to the Texas Tech University Graduate School
  2. You receive an eraider login( via the email you gave in your graduate school application) and activate your login.
  3. Graduate School receives your information.
  4. You apply to the TTU College of Education for the degree you are applying for using your eraider login.
  5. The Graduate School processes your application and sends a worksheet to the College of Education requesting approval for admittance from the degree program.
  6. You provide all materials required for the College of Education program to make its decision.
  7. Your College of Education application is locked and no new materials or editing can occur.
  8. Faculty in that program review your application and application materials.
  9. The program's faculty makes their decision about your application.
  10. The Graduate School's worksheet is returned with the program's recommendation.

Online Application Requirements


  1. Javascript and Cookies are required
  2. You do not have to complete all of your requirements when you begin the application. Your application will be saved and can be amended or edited at any time.
  3. Once all materials have been provided from you and the graduate school requests the recommedation of the College of Education program; your application is locked and cannot be edited.
  4. You may check the status of you application at anytime by going to Application Overview
  5. It is very important that the email you provide is accurate and viewed on a regular basis. We will send you an email when a decision has been made concerning your application or when anything is incorrect or needs updated.
  6. The College of Education Graduate Studies office send notes to you through the application status page. So check it often.
  7. You must have an eraider username and password to apply. You receive an eRaider after applying to the graduate school.

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