Special Education Ph.D. Program

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CONTACTING US

Main Office

Department of Rehabilitation Psychology & Special Education
School of Education
UW-Madison
Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall, Rm. 431
MadisonWI  53706

Tel: 608/263.5970
Fax: 608/263.5970

Email: rpseinfo@education.wisc.edu
or by contact form
 

Special Education - Doctoral Program

 

Doctoral Student and Advisor at Commencement 

The doctoral program prepares outstanding researchers and leaders who will advance new knowledge related to the education of individuals with disabilities.     






 

NEW FOR FALL 2019!

The Special Education Doctoral Program is offering two new scholarship programs for incoming students:

1) School of Education Graduate Training Program: 
Leadership and Research on Transition for Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities

A few applicants to the Special Education doctoral program whose interests focus on transition will be selected to participate in this School of Education program which includes: 

-Program focus on transition and interdisciplinary study linking rehabilitation counseling and special education
-Guaranteed full four year funding including tuition and generous stipend as well as benefits including health insurance

See Leadership and Research on Transition for Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities for details. 

2) Scholarship in Teacher Education (SITE)

A few applicants to the Special Education doctoral program whose interests focus on teacher education will be selected to participate in this program which includes:

-Program focus on leadership, teaching and research in the concentration of special education teacher education
-Guaranteed full four year funding including tuition, conference/research travel funding, generous stipend as well as benefits including health insurance
-Specialized coursework, internship and mentoring from nationally renowned special education faculty

See: Scholarship in Teacher Education

To apply to either of these scholarship programs, see the Application page.

Special Education Doctoral Program Mission


The Ph.D. program prepares leaders in the field of Special Education to bring systemic change to educational and community settings in ways that​ improve access and equity for children and youth with disabilities and their families. The program prepares graduates to address pressing issues in the field including increasing equity across diverse groups of students, ​improving post-school outcomes for individuals with disabilities, and enhancing teacher efficacy in secondary education methodologies with students with disabilities.

FACULTY RESEARCH INTERESTS


Transition and vocational education is one the many areas of faculty research in Special Education at UW-Madison. Faculty research interests focus on research methods, adolescence, transition and vocational education, and diversity and equity issues in the field of Special Education. The program focuses on developing outstanding researchers and leaders who will contribute to creating, integrating and disseminating new knowledge related to the education and rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities.

Program Faculty

Special Education Doctoral Handbook 2018-2019 for students admitted to the program fall 2018

Special Education Doctoral Handbook 2016-2017 for students admitted to the program fall 2016 and fall 2017

Program Forms and Handouts

 
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