Wayne State University

Ph.D. Program

We are not taking applications for the doctoral program in Special Education at this time, should you have questions, please contact the program coordinator.

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

Philosophy. We believe that special education must function as an integral and complementary component of best practices in the education for all students. We support the movement towards inclusive education for students with mild to severe disabilities, and see best instructional practices in general education as supporting the growth and development of students with disabilities. We believe that special educators have important roles to play in building a unified system of schooling that supports learning of all students. Leadership is needed to make these goals a reality. It is the purpose of our program to provide one important avenue of leadership development.

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.