Doctoral Program

Doctoral students work closely with their advisors to create highly tailored programs of study that include intermediate and advanced coursework in Special Education as well as outside coursework to gain broader perspective and deeper insight into specialized topics. Ph.D. students have specific requirements and milestones that can be viewed here.  

How to Apply

Application requirements for the Graduate School and COE are found here.  Scroll down to see the Ph.D. requirements.  Some advisors in Special Education require writing samples. Click here to learn how to apply to the College of Education’s Ph.D. program.

Funding Opportunities

Doctoral Training in Reading & Math for students with High- and Low-Incidence Disabilities (accepting applications)
Doctoral Training in Secondary Education for Students with Disabilities
Doctoral Training in Special Education: Applied Behavior Analysis Option


Funding may also be available through research and teaching assistantships in the program and College of Education. Contact a faculty member in your proposed area of study for other possible options. 

For More Information

For more information or questions regarding the doctoral degree, please e-mail

Note: to apply for this program, select "PhD - Special Education - General Special Education" in the Graduate School's online application.