GROUNDED IN RESEARCH
The Special Education doctoral program at Michigan State University 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 AND COMMUNITY-BASED INTERVENTION
Faculty members are widely recognized for their commitment to and expertise in classroom and community-based interventions that translate theory into effective interventions. They work in partnership with teachers, behavior technicians, and interventionists, locally, and throughout the state, country, and world to answer challenging and important problems.
Students admitted to the Special Education doctoral program can pursue a cognate-or area of interest- of their choosing for both their research and their courses. Students can elect to pursue any cognate they wish, including, but not limited to, applied behavior analysis, language and literacy, mathmatics, and technology.
Learn to conduct rigorous and relevant research that impacts policy, practice and student success
Develop a strong commitment to excellence in teacher preparation and professional development
Serve with integrity and leadership the families, institutions and professional communities concerned about children and youth with special needs
This program by the numbers
YEARS OF GUARANTEED FUNDING
U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT’S 2023 BEST GRADUATE PROGRAM RANKINGS
TENURE TRACK FACULTY ACTIVE IN PH.D. PROGRAM
Student initiated research interests
Doctoral students conduct research alongside faculty members working in the areas of:
– applied behavior analysis,
– bullying and victimization.
Special Education Faculty
[MSU] Special education faculty get research or personnel preparation grants that support students as research assistants or fellows.