The Association for Behavior Analysis International Verified Course Sequence (VCS)

VCS LogoThe Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (Option 1) examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination. Contact Dr. MaryAnn Demchak for more information at mad@unr.edu

World-Improving Research and Creativity

The doctorate in Special Education and Disability Studies focuses on issues of disability as they apply to schools (with a focus on teacher preparation) and to human service agencies.

Admission Deadlines

The College of Education & Human Development has application deadlines for Spring (November 15). Students wishing to apply for a graduate assistantship for Fall semester must apply for the Ph.D. program and the college graduate assistantship by February 1. Applications for Fall will continue to be reviewed up to July 15.

About Our Program

Students may focus broadly across disability areas and age ranges, or they may focus more narrowly. Areas of study are available in the categorical areas of learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, intellectual disabilities and severe multiple disabilities, and early childhood/special education/early intervention. Cross-categorical courses are also offered, as well as special topics courses related to key contemporary issues in special education. The program has an emphasis area that the Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (Option 1) examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination. Applicants interested in the BCBA should contact MaryAnn Demchak for more information at mad@unr.edu.

A key focus of the program is on preparing individuals for jobs in the special education professoriate; however, the doctorate may be tailored for individuals wishing to become special education leaders at the district or state level or work with individuals with disabilities in other agencies, such as college disability support services or non-profit support services.

The Special Education and Disability Studies area of emphasis is guided by the general framework found in the Doctoral Program in Education Application Manual. The manual provides general information about doctoral concentrations offered in the College of Education. This page will provide you with specific information that is unique to the Special Education and Disability Studies strand.

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Program Information

Looking for a Graduate Assistantship?

The College of Education & Human Development has a limited number of Graduate Assistantships for full-time students admitted to masters or doctoral programs.

Graduate Assistantship

Program Faculty

Special Education
Tammy Abernathy
Tammy Abernathy, Ph.D.
Professor of Special Education
(775) 682-7862
WRB 3076
1418
Special Education
Ruby Batz
Ruby Batz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Special Education
(775) 682-7863
WRB 3086
1418
Special Education
Cindy Bozman
Cindy Bozman, MBA
Administrative Assistant III
(775) 682-7525
WRB 3100
1418
Special Education
MaryAnn Demchak
MaryAnn Demchak, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Professor of Special Education
(775) 682-7852
WRB 3109
1418
Special Education
Lindsay Diamond
Lindsay Diamond, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Special Education
(775) 682-7927
WRB 3085
1418
Special Education
Robert Ives
Robert Ives, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Special Education
(775) 682-7867
WRB 3080
1418
Special Education
Randall Owen
Randall Owen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Special Education, NCED Director
(775) 784-6385
WRB 4102
1418
Special Education
Shanon Taylor
Shanon Taylor, Ed.D.
Associate Professor of Special Education
(775) 682-7864
WRB 3081
1418