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Special Education, PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Special Education is a flexible doctoral program with provisions for individual planning to prepare stewards of the discipline of special education for positions of leadership in public and private schools and for colleges, universities, agencies, businesses and government entities. Major emphases are internally flexible and may be established to fit a variety of interests in the field of exceptionalities, such as transition of children and youth; education of infants and preschool children; one of the categorical areas of special education (autism, visual impairment, deaf and hard of hearing, behavior disorders, learning disabilities, significant support needs); gifts and talents; special education administration; research in exceptionalities; and/or university teaching. Graduates develop leadership knowledge and skills in exceptionalities related to six major themes: theory, pedagogy, research methodology, evidence-based practice, public policy/advocacy, and collaboration. The Special Education doctoral program is designed to prepare students for creative leadership in a rapidly changing world that is experiencing increasing cultural diversity, curriculum and structural reforms in schools and pedagogical innovations across the educational spectrum.

A Doctoral Minor in Special Education is available to students in any UNC doctoral program with the approval of their doctoral program advisor. The intent of this program is to encourage doctoral students throughout the University to increase and expand their understanding of the field of special education and disability issues. Completion of the minor will be noted in the student's transcripts as Minor in Special Education.

The Bresnahan-Halstead Center at the University of Northern Colorado is pleased to announce the funding of a scholarship to support full-time doctoral studies. The scholarship is available to a US citizen/permanent resident who has been accepted into the doctoral program in Special Education at the University of Northern Colorado and who wants to focus on the education of students with significant support needs. Contact Silvia Correa-Torres for more information.

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  • UNC Main Campus

Tuition & Fees

Total Degree Requirements

72-81 Credit Hours

Graduate Coordinator

Silvia Correa-Torres, 970-351-1659

Additional Information

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