Wayne State University

Ph.D. Program

The Special Education program is not taking applications for doctoral study in Special Education at this time. Please contact the program coordinator, should you have questions.

A Ph.D. may be obtained through the Curriculum & Instruction program in the College of Education with a focus upon special education.

Purpose. First and foremost we seek to provide opportunities for leadership development. We seek to help you gain knowledge, skills, and experiences so that you can make contributions to improving learning and growth for students with disabilities in schools in one or more of the
following roles:

  • Teacher-leader
  • Faculty member
  • Researcher
  • Consultant
  • State or federal educational agency staff member
  • And more

In the doctoral program, you will be provided opportunities to develop and strengthen knowledge and skills in research and inquiry, best instructional practices for inclusive teaching, professional development, leadership, strategies for identifying and promoting innovations, and grant development.