Doctor of Philosophy in Special Education

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in the Special Education program is a full-time, on-campus program designed to prepare personnel for careers serving individuals with disabilities in educational settings. There are many scholarly opportunities for our doctoral students, including research and teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our doctoral  graduates enjoy success in higher education as faculty as well as in leadership roles in agencies, school districts, and other academic institutions. Students admitted to the special education doctoral program typically receive a waiver of full-time tuition, a stipend, and fringe benefits that include UF-sponsored student health insurance. All Ph.D. students are expected to demonstrate competence in reading of research and independently designing and conducting research in special education.

Interested in applying? Review our admission process and requirements here.

For more information about the Ph.D. program, please contact Dr. Brian Reichow at