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Doctor of Philosophy in Special Education


The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree is a research focused degree and is tailored to the individual. Each candidate works closely with an adviser to develop an integrated course of study reflecting his or her goals in the area of special education. All doctoral students have the opportunity to be involved in research, university teaching, and service to the field of special education during their doctoral studies. Doctoral students typically complete the program in four to five years of full-time resident study.

Department: Special Education

Who should apply

Graduate level students who want to

  • Tailor their doctoral program through the classes they take, the research methodology they specialize in, and the research they conduct
  • Aspire to be leaders in the field through their research, teaching, advocacy and service
  • Promote effective, inclusive outcomes for individuals with disabilities across the life span

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