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Doctor of Philosophy in Special Education


The Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois is excited to announce FIVE fully-funded doctoral training programs. Each program focuses on specific topics.

Why Illinois?

To be eligible for our funded programs, applicants must be:

  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • Full time students - enrolled in on-campus classes

Funding includes:

  • Competitive monthly stipends
  • Tuition waiver
  • Generous research and conference travel allowances

Below, are our five fully-funded doctoral training programs:

Doctoral Training Consortia: Train Doctoral Students in Early Childhood Intervention for Infants and Young Children with High-Intensity Needs Because of Significant Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). For more information, contact Dr. Michaelene Ostrosky 

Project CO-LEAD: Collaboration across universities to prepare Leaders in Evidence Based Practices, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Diversity - This is a consortium between the University of Oregon, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Purdue University. This project focuses on topics related to autism, MTSS, implementation science, and culturally responsive interventions.  For more information, contact Dr. Hedda Meadan

Project Family IMPACT:Attending to Individualization, Mobility, Poverty, Adversity, Culture, Trauma - This project focuses on the experiences that families of individuals with disabilities face, across the life span, specific to Individualization, Mobility, Poverty, Adversity, Culture and Trauma. For more information, contact Dr. Hedda Meadan or Dr. Meghan Burke

Project SCORE: Secondary Curriculum that leads to Outcomes and Research in Employment (SCORE) for youth with severe disabilities  - 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. For more information, contact Dr. Stacy Dymond

Project STePS:Preparing Leaders in Special Education, Technology, Research, Policy, and Cultural, Linguistic, and Socioeconomic Diversity -  This project focuses on topics related to research methodologies, law and policy, supporting individuals with disabilities and families from culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds, and technology for instruction. For more information, contact Dr. Hedda Meadan, Dr. Lisa Monda-Amaya or Dr. Catherine Corr

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