PH.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Special Education (Ph.D.)

The Special Education (SPED) doctoral program is a full-time course of study that prepares students for academic positions in universities and research institutions. The program offers challenging coursework grounded in the field's most current evidence and the latest advancements in research methodologies. Doctoral students receive valuable research and teaching competencies that provide a competitive advantage upon graduation. All courses are designed to develop a strong background in research.

The program consists of extensive coursework in cutting-edge research design and statistical methodologies. Students receive specialized coursework in special education practices and related issues. Additional core competencies are designed to enhance student competence in grant writing, research and college teaching.

Faculty research projects are supported by external funding sources from a number of federal, state and local entities. The array of research projects within the program provides opportunities for doctoral students to collaborate and gain valuable grant management and collaborative research experience. Students also have opportunity to conduct their own original research through coursework. Students present at national conferences and publish in high-quality journals.

Why the SPED Doctoral Program?

Doctoral students enroll in full-time coursework. They engage in research and teaching experiences to prepare them for careers in academia. The program offers:

●      A collaborative cohort model

●      Challenging coursework

●      Latest advancements in research methodologies

●      Valuable research and teaching competencies

How to Apply

The Doctoral Program Committee uses a set of criteria to review prospective student applications. Applicants may use these criteria as a guide while completing their application packets.

Doctoral Admissions

Funding Opportunities

For financial assistance information, including grants & other opportunities, visit the Doctoral Funding page.

For More Information

For more information or questions about the doctoral program, please email Dr. Bowman-Perrott at

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