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Special Education (PhD)

SPED Doctoral Research Projects


Do you want to become a world-class researcher?

Learn from the best researchers in the field of special education at the University of Oregon.  The doctoral (PhD) program in special education prepares individuals for:

  • Research and teaching positions in higher education
  • Policymaking positions in state and federal government
  • Consultation positions in professional education
U.S. News and World Report has ranked UO Special Education as one of the top three programs in the country since 2000

The depth and breadth of research, teaching service, and preparation at the UO College of Education transcend many program options in special education.  The cohort model and history of full funding for doctoral students allows scholars to focus on their studies in a collaborative, supportive learning environment.

Research Specializations

All PhD students actively engage in small and large-scale applied research projects with internationally recognized experts in special education.

Students in the PhD program focus on one of eight areas:

  • Academic Prevention and Intervention
  • Autism and Other Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Early Intervention
  • Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
  • English Learners: Assessment and Intervention
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Positive Behavior Support
  • Secondary/Transition Services

The doctoral degree program provides advanced training in preparation for leadership positions in special education.  The program requires approximately 90 credits beyond the master's degree and is designed for full-time students.  Typically, students complete the program in three or four years.  Financial assistance is awarded based on the applicant's qualifications.