Joint Doctorate in Special Education

San Francisco State University (Graduate College Of Education) and the University Of California, Berkeley (Graduate School Of Education) jointly offer a PH.D. program in Special Education.


The program is aimed at preparing high level leaders in research, teaching, administration, and supervision for the variety of professional needs facing children, youth, and adults with disabilities. It integrates the resources of the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco State University and provides an opportunity for students to combine theoretical interests with applied practices in a broad spectrum of specializations within Special Education.

Degree Offered

Students in the Joint Doctoral program pursue a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). As described in the Handbook for Advanced Degree Students (Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley), the PhD degree is intended for individuals who wish to conduct original theory-based research on educational problems, and who intend to pursue careers in research and university-level teaching. Specific requirements relative to the PhD (including academic preparation, areas of specialization, coursework, prequalifying and qualifying examinations, and the dissertation) are described in the UCB Graduate School of Education.

In general, PhD students should be prepared for research leadership and the exploration of conceptual frontiers. The PhD dissertation must make an original contribution to the body of knowledge in Special Education. A student may be interested, for example, in the cognitive growth of children with learning disabilities, or the application of organization theory in the administration of Special Education programs.

Joint Doctoral Program Information

Scholarship & Fellowship Opportunities

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