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UNCG to Offer Ph.D. in Special Education

GREENSBORO – The UNC Board of Governors has approved a plan for a doctoral degree program in special education at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The new program will begin in August.

The Board of Governors has approved five new doctoral programs at UNCG since May 2002. The others are history, geography, economics and information systems.

“There is a significant need in North Carolina and the entire nation for professionals in special education,” said Dr. James Peterson, dean of the Graduate School.  “Our new Ph.D. in special education, located in our nationally ranked School of Education, will become an important source of leaders in the field.”

 The Department of Specialized Education Services will offer the advanced courses designed to prepare students to become professors, administrators and school leaders, and advocates for individuals with disabilities. Options will be available for full-time and part-time students.

 The program will help address the critical shortage of special education teachers in the state and the region. As one of only two universities in North Carolina with a doctoral program in special education, UNCG will help students become faculty members, who in turn will prepare students to become special education teachers.

“Approval for the Ph.D. program is a major step for the Department of Specialized Education Services,” said Marilyn Friend, head of the department.

“It will help us to meet the need in North Carolina for special education leadership personnel who can prepare teachers to work with students with disabilities. Since the program was approved, we have received a number of inquiries from professionals who hope to pursue this advanced graduate work.”

 The Board of Governors also gave UNCG a green light to plan doctoral programs in nursing and public health. Once the university submits detailed plans, the board will consider final approval.

(12-5-03)

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