The PhD in Education, option in Special Education is designed to develop expertise
in the field of special education through evidence-based practices, research and teacher
preparation. We prepare professionals who value diversity, engage in lifelong learning
and advocate for quality educational opportunities for all students. Our doctoral
graduates go on to work with children with disabilities by helping to improve academic,
communication, social, behavioral and adaptive skills, while training others to do
the same as professors, consultants or teacher-leaders.
Research within our program is collaborative and interdisciplinary. Such collaborations
have resulted in international travel opportunities, national and international publication,
grant funding and national conference presentations for our students and faculty. Our
faculty represent a broad range of special education experience, including classroom
teachers, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and special education administration.
Our research focuses not only on students and children, but also stakeholders such
as teachers, administrators, families, and therapists.