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Learn Evidence-Based Practices

The Ph.D. Special Education degree is an 80-credit program that prepares global leaders in research and scholarly inquiry, and prepares graduates for professional careers in the field of special education. Our mission is to prepare skilled education professionals who will maximize the potential for achieving meaningful quality of life for individuals with disabilities. We are committed to the preparation of leaders distinguished not only by their academic and professional expertise, but also by their ethics and guided by consciences sensitive to the needs of global society.  

Learn about the program from a current student...

Key Features of Our Program

  • A global perspective - learn global best practices and translate them to a national or an international context
  • Graduates assume leadership roles in higher education institutions, educational research and policy organizations, government offices, ministries of education, international development organizations, and school districts
  • Learn from internationally-recognized faculty with active research agendas in Africa and China, as well as national and international leadership positions in the field
  • Faculty work with students to promote publication and presentation of their research at regional and national conferences
  • Field experiences give students opportunities to connect research and classroom learning with practice. Our campus's location in the heart of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania provides access to field experiences in urban, suburban, and rural educational and community settings

Program Details

  • Earn a master's degree along the way, including the opportunity for PA certification
  • Full-time and part-time options with online, hybrid, and summer courses
  • Program can be completed in four years with consecutive study in fall, spring, summer terms
  • New yearly cohort begins in the fall term
  • Transfer credits may be accepted; some may be able to transfer their whole degree via advanced standing (case-by-case basis)