College of Education Sitemap
Skip to Main Content

Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Special Education

Be Better Prepared
Who will work harder if it means being prepared for the first day on the job? Spartans Will.
Watch Now ›

Special Education PhD

Grounded in Research

The Special Education doctoral program helps you attain these goals through an individualized program that is grounded in research across a variety of methodological traditions and theoretical orientations. Students are mentored by nationally and internationally renowned faculty members, each a former special education teacher or service provider, who possess a deep understanding of educational challenges in real-world contexts.

Classroom-based Intervention

Faculty members are widely recognized for their commitment to and expertise in classroom-based interventions that translate state-of-the-art learning and developmental theories into effective instructional practices. They work in partnership with teachers, locally and throughout the state, country, and world, to investigate challenging and important problems in the areas of literacy instruction, special education technology, policy, behavior disorders, and autism spectrum disorders.

Program Flexibility

Students admitted to the Special Education doctoral program may also wish to pursue the graduate specialization in language and literacy as an elective program, which is administered through the Department of Teacher Education. This specialization has additional requirements beyond those listed below for the doctorate in special education, though the total number of credits required beyond the minimum for the PhD in special education is only 6.

More information about this option is available here.

Ready to become a leader in special education research?

Apprenticeship in:



Research


Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Cras et lacus mauris. Cras semper, ipsum quis


Teaching


Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Cras et lacus mauris. Cras semper, ipsum quis


Service


Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Cras et lacus mauris. Cras semper, ipsum quis

This Program By the Numbers
_________

5
———
years of funding
#11
———
Ranked
#
———
tenure stream faculty active in PhD program
Student Initiated Research Interests

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Cras et lacus mauris. Cras semper, ipsum quis accumsan vulputate, diam est viverra purus, eget semper nibh libero sit amet lectus. Interdum et malesuada fames ac ante ipsum primis in faucibus. Quisque tristique mauris sed arcu vestibulum lobortis. Phasellus vel vehicula augue. Suspendisse potenti. Nam lacinia euismod lacus.

Special Education Faculty

I was well prepared for a tenure-track position by the end of my program. In fact, I made the transition from PhD student to assistant professor with ease. I attribute this to the number of research and teaching opportunities afforded me while at MSU. Special education faculty members have been very successful in obtaining research or personnel preparation grants that support students as research assistants or fellows. I worked alongside faculty members on a number of projects which resulted in national/ international presentations, publications, and even international consulting. The opportunities to engage with faculty were extremely important in my apprenticeship.

Kimberly A. Wolbers, PhD

NEWS

Loading

EVENTS

Loading

CONTACT

contact

Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education
620 Farm Lane, 335 Erickson Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
Email: sped@msu.edu
Phone: (517) 353-1842