The University of Kansas and Arizona State University have partnered to prepare six doctoral scholars for future leadership roles in education. With the support from nationally recognized leaders in special education, EPIC scholars will engage in experiences to develop.

The four years of funding includes:

  1. All tuition and fees
  2. $34,000 living stipend per year
  3. Health insurance stipend
  4. Travel support (professional learning, networking and dissemination activities)
  5. Technology and research support
  6. Council for Exceptional Children membership
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Prevention models

School-based inquiry

Rigorous, respectful and transparent school-based inquiry to promote equitable learning outcomes for students with disabilities.

Prevention and intervention

Equity and excellence in the prevention and intervention using evidence-based practices in three-tiered models to meet learners’ academic, behavioral and social-emotional needs.


Leadership through teaching, professional learning and communication to a wide array of stakeholders.

KU EPIC faculty contacts

Kathleen Lynne Lane
Kathleen Lynne Lane
Associate Vice Chancellor of Research, Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor
Kathleen N Tuck
Kathleen N. Tuck
Associate Professor

ASU EPIC faculty contacts

Wendy Oakes
Wendy Oakes
Associate Professor, Associate Director of Graduate Pathways (Arizona State University ProjectEPIC)
Chengan Yuan
Chengan Yuan
Assistant Professor (Arizona State University ProjectEPIC)

Application deadline

December 1
Project EPIC scholars start August 2024.

Want to learn more?

Doctoral Concentration Begins Fall 2023. Doctoral applicants may learn more and apply online.