As a PhD student in the special education program, you'll receive the training to find solutions to problems that help individuals with disabilities learn and grow. The program’s rigorous coursework and faculty-guided experiences will prepare you for a leadership role in special education.
Rated #9 in the nation among special education graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2020
Graduates with their doctorate in special education conduct research, teach in universities, and work in other educational settings in special education.
Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) (66 credits)
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As the original NCLII finishes training 28 scholars around the country, a new consortium of seven universities, the National Center for Leadership in Intensive Intervention (NCLII-2), is now funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to prepare a new group of special education leaders to become experts in research on intensive intervention for students with disabilities who have co-occurring, persistent and severe academic (e.g., reading and math) and behavioral difficulties. The project is currently recruiting applicants to begin doctoral study in special education in the fall of 2020. Funding covers tuition, a stipend, travel for professional conferences and meetings, as well as research related materials across the four year program.
Submit your application materials by Dec. 1, and you’ll automatically be considered for Graduate School fellowships and departmental awards based on scholastic achievement. Notification of awards will be sent in March.
"After working in schools for five years, I realized I wanted to contribute to research and train future educators. I decided to join the department after speaking with Dr. McMaster and discovering the program was ideal for helping me achieve my goals.”
Choose your area of emphasis in special education based on the faculty member whose research is most interesting to you.
Create conditions for successful response to intervention of academically diverse learners by: