SCORE prepares dynamic leaders in the fields of special education and rehabilitation counseling with unique knowledge and expertise to improve post-school competitive integrated employment outcomes for students with severe disabilities. This interdisciplinary doctoral program addresses six competency areas:
Core Doctoral Program Requirements
Individuals enrolled in SCORE will choose to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in either (a) special education or (b) community health (which includes rehabilitation counseling). Both doctoral degrees require 64 credit hours beyond the master’s degree. Upon entry into the program, students create an Individual Plan of Study with their adviser that is tailored to their individual needs and interests.
For more information about core requirements of the Ph.D. in Special Education, please see: https://education.illinois.edu/sped/programs-degrees/phd-sped
For more information about core requirements of the Ph.D. in Community Health (which includes rehabilitation counseling) please see: https://ahs.illinois.edu/community-health/phd
Unique Aspects of the SCORE Program
Individuals who participate in SCORE complete the core doctoral program within their chosen discipline (special education or rehabilitation counseling) with several program enhancements that contribute to a specialized, interdisciplinary focus on post-school competitive, integrated employment outcomes for students with severe disabilities. All students complete the following activities together:
Doctoral Program Support
This program is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. SCORE provides program participants with a:
Participants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to qualify for funding through SCORE. In addition, individuals funded by SCORE must sign a service agreement indicating that they will work in the field of special education or related services for two years for every year of funding received.
Doctoral Program Application Process
Applicants should submit an online application to the specific program at: https://ahs.illinois.edu/ch-grad-advising
For more information about core requirements of the Ph.D. in Special Education, please see: https://education.illinois.edu/sped/programs-degrees/phd-sped/phd
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Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.