Special Education

Putting Your Ph.D. to Work

Over the past 50 years, the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas has built an international reputation for excellence in teaching, research, and service. The productivity, creativity, and field leadership characterized by the Department's faculty and graduates is evidenced in the national and international recognition received for their exemplary, teaching, research and service to the field. The department takes great pride in the achievements of its students throughout their careers as educators, researchers, policy makers, and leaders in the profession. Doctoral graduates hold faculty positions in comprehensive and research universities and leadership positions in state and national agencies. The career paths of recent graduates reflect the program's emphasis on reciprocal research to practice, civic professionalism and stewardship of the field and discipline.

The following chart summarizes the initial employment settings of graduates for the period 2000-2010.

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#1 public program in nation for special education
—U.S. News & World Report
Wayne Sailor directs KU’s largest grant, the $24.5 million SWIFT project, to develop a national center to assist schools
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times
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