Specialized Education Services

Special Education, Ph.D.

The Ph.D. program in Special Education is designed to prepare students to be leaders in the field of special education, deaf education, or interpreting.  In addition to coursework, doctoral students receive mentoring and apprenticeships in college-level teaching and research.   External service experiences are possible to address the career goals of doctoral students.  Through these activities, students will enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities, deaf and hard of hearing individuals, and their families.

Career Opportunities

Researcher; teacher educator; staff developer; advocate; educational consultant; curriculum developer; SEA, LEA, and school administrators

Program Contact

Marci Rock, Ph.D.
424 School of Education Building
P.O. Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170

phone: 336.334.5843


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Example Careers:

Researcher; teacher educator; staff developer; advocate; educational consultant; curriculum developer; SEA, LEA, and school administrators

Designed For

The Ph.D. program in Special Education is designed for individuals with three or more years of teaching, or other relevant professional experience, who desire preparation for leadership roles in deaf education, K-12 special education, B-K special education, or American Sign Language and interpreting. While most students attend the doctoral program full-time, part-time attendance is also possible.

Career Opportunities

Through the doctoral program, students are prepared to be leaders in special education and deaf-related professions. Career opportunities include serving as faculty in institutions of higher education, district or state-level special education/deaf education personnel, advocacy organizations, and other careers that require special education leadership.

Research Preparation

Doctoral students receive preparation in a wide variety of research methods, including quantitative, qualitative, single subject designs, and mixed methods. Research apprenticeships provide opportunities for students to develop their skills.

Program of Study

Total hours: 69-81 credit hours

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Admission Requirements

  • Completion of all application forms required by the UNCG Graduate School
  • Well-developed statement of purpose that includes career goals within a field of study (e.g., special education, deaf education, early childhood)
  • Writing sample (e.g., paper developed during master’s program)
  • Three professional letters of recommendation (i.e., from former faculty)
  • Up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • Official transcripts from all universities attended
  • Submission of Test Scores (e.g., GRE, TOEFL)
  • Application fee

The UNCG Graduate School holds workshops to assist potential graduate students with the preparation of a competitive admissions package. Potential graduate students are encouraged to contact the Graduate School for additional information.

Our goal is for every student in the School of Education (SOE) to be able to focus on their studies and not on student debt. A variety of financial aid is available to our students, including scholarships based on academic merit and financial need. We invite you to explore the many scholarship opportunities offered in the School of Education.