The Department of Special Education offers a doctoral degree in Special Education with a concentration in Rehabilitation Counselor Education. Students in this concentration earn a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with substantial coursework in the area of students/people with disabilities. In addition to focusing on rehabilitation counseling, students have the opportunity to take courses in at least two other areas of Special Education, research methods, professional coursework, and courses outside the department of Special Education. Students are encouraged to become involved in research projects under the direction of faculty in the Rehabilitation Counselor Education concentration. Students generally complete the doctoral degree in four years of full-time study. The doctorate in Rehabilitation Counselor Education prepares graduates to work in a variety of settings including academia, leadership roles in schools and districts, and research.