Special education PhD
Become a leader in special education research and train future educators
As a PhD student in the special education program, you'll receive the training to find solutions to problems that help individuals with disabilities learn and grow. The program’s rigorous coursework and faculty-guided experiences will prepare you for a leadership role in special education.
A member of the NCLII Consortium
The University of Minnesota's special education program is one of only seven in the U.S. included in the National Center for Leadership in Intensive Intervention (NCLII-2) consortium. NCLII-2 is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to prepare special education leaders to become experts in research on intensive intervention for students with disabilities who have co-occurring, persistent, and severe academic (e.g., reading and math) and behavioral difficulties.
Graduates with their doctorate in special education conduct research, teach in universities, and work in other educational settings in special education.