Doctoral Studies in Special Education

Frequently Asked Questions

The program is designed to be completed in 4 years of full-time study.

Within the first year of study, each student, in collaboration with their advisor, establishes a Doctoral Program Course Plan and a Scholarly Development Plan. Students take courses or credit-hour experiences in their Major, Minor or Cognate, School of Education Core, Research Skills, and Dissertation. These experiences include 24-credit specialization that is determined by student and their advisors in conjunction with their program committee. Additionally, all students are required to meet performance criteria in the areas of research, teaching, and service.

Currently, nearly all students seeking funding are supported throughout their program. The department and our associated research centers strive to fund each student throughout their program. Funding is contingent upon various factors including levels of funding and student performance.

Your primary consideration should be program and advisor fit based on your research and career aspirations. We strongly encourage you to review faculty bios and contact them about your interest in special education doctoral study at KU.

Lawrence is continually rated one of the top 10 college towns in the United States. We have a very active community that has something for nearly anyone. For those looking for a larger city, Kansas City is 30 minutes away. We encourage you to come visit!

Visits to campus are a part of the application process.

As one of the top-rated doctoral programs in the nation, we have many applicants. The admissions requirements are located in admission documentation. Beyond this documentation, finding a fit with an advisor is critical to the admissions process. Again, you are strongly encouraged to contact the faculty members who align with your interests.

To meet the individualized needs of the students, we generally accept annual cohorts of roughly 15 students.

We generally have application deadlines in late fall and spring of each year.

Applications Deadlines: Interview Dates:
November 16, 2015 (Fall 2016 semester) December 7th & 8th (On-site/Online)
March 29, 2016 (Fall 2016 semester)
Extended to July 31, 2016!
April 25th & 26th (On-site/Online)
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No, the doctoral program is designed for face-to-face coursework and experiences under an apprenticeship model.

Please direct other questions to specialeduadm@ku.edu.


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