Students engaged in graduate study and research in the Department of Special Education find an environment where collaboration among faculty members and students is nurtured and rewarded. The students’ contributions are recognized and valued. In many cases, this recognition comes in the form of financial awards that enable students to devote concentrated attention to their studies.


Virtually all doctoral candidates receive assistantships which are exempt from payment of tuition and some fees.

Graduate Traineeships

Traineeships are available for full-time students pursuing teacher certification and may provide exemptions from payment of tuition and some fees.

Grant Funding Options

Faculty write many grants that fund students.  The funding may include a stipend, tuition, travel, or any number of expenses.  Following are some of the current options:

Scholarship Opportunities