How long does the doctoral program take?
Typically, the program takes 4-5 years.

How does an individual choose a doctoral advisor?
During your first year in the doctoral program, you are assigned a temporary advisor. The temporary advisor is a faculty member outside your area of interest whose main role is to guide you during your first year in the doctoral program. The assignment of a temporary advisor allows you to familiarize yourself with faculty both in and outside your areas of interest, allowing you to make an informed decision when selecting your permanent advisor. During the beginning of the second semester of their first year, you choose a permanent advisor whose research interests closely align with your own. This does not preclude you from selecting the temporary advisor to be your permanent advisor. 

Is there an online doctoral program?
Currently, we only offer an in-person doctoral program.

Can the doctoral program be completed as a part-time student?
On a case-by-case basis, the doctoral program may be completed on a part-time basis.

Who can I contact with questions about the doctoral program?
sped@education.illinois.edu