Doctoral students in the Department of Special Education study in one of four program areas. Our Department is routinely ranked among the top 10 peer departments in the nation. This year, U.S. News & World Report ranked us fourth among publics and tied for fifth overall. We provide high-level training in special education, including research methodology, intervention development and testing, and theoretical underpinnings of the field. Click one of the links below to learn about our doctoral program areas.