KU doctoral study opportunity

Kansas University (KU) announced support for doctoral students beginning in the academic year 2016-17. The faculty at KU is seeking students interested in studying about intensive interventions for students with learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, and autism spectrum disorder; tiered systems of prevention and intervention; evidence-based practices for students with or at risk for those disabilities; and school-based inquiry. KU has a stellar recommendation for its contributions over the years and its faculty.

Learn more by downloading the accompanying PDF.

SUNY New Paltz position for a generalist in special education

Assistant Professor of Special Education
Posting Date: October 21, 2015

Duties: The Department of Educational Studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz invites applications for a faculty position in Special Education to begin Fall 2016. This is a full-time, tenure track position for a generalist in Special Education, preferably with expertise in assessment methods and instructional methods in the areas of math, science and/or technology.

In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in special education, the successful applicant will be expected to:

  • Participate in program development, review, and revision;
  • Engage in research and other scholarly activities;
  • Supervise field experiences;
  • Pursue external grants; and
  • Provide service to the school, university, and community, including advising students.

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TED pre-conference on-line discussion

The Teacher Education Division of Council for Exceptional Children is fortunate to have Dr. Ann Turnbull and Dr. Mitchell Yell accept our invitation as the Keynote Speakers for the 2015 TED Conference. It is an honor to have such accomplished speakers provide insight into issues particularly relevant to our organization. They have graciously agreed to share their knowledge before the conference in an online discussion group. Participants will benefit from opportunities to exchange ideas, connect with colleagues, and broaden their knowledge on specialized topics that are the area of expertise of these two distinguished researchers. Please click here to learn more about this enhanced interaction with Dr. Ann Turnbull and Dr. Mitchel Yell before the conference. You can view the webpage at this address, however, we need the participants to use the following links to register so please do not put it in your announcements.

To register for the live online discussion group with Dr. Ann Turnbull, please go to this site for registration .

To register for the live online discussion group with Dr. Mitchell Yell, please go to this site for registration.


  • Unique access to conference
  • To enhance the conference experience by providing an extended and enhanced/enriched interaction with Keynote Speakers
  • Interaction with leading and seminal researchers in the field focused around key articles and video presentations from the Keynote Speakers
  • Synchronous (scheduled virtual online discussion) and asynchronous (e.g. blog, video/Zaption) opportunities for interaction
  • Aligns with mission and vision of TED, including promotion of research-based practices, provision of professional development, and outreach for member engagement


  • Participants become familiar with the contributions of the Keynote Speaker(s) in special education teacher education
  • Participants will interact with peers and leaders in the field of special education teacher preparation.
  • Participants will have an opportunity to enhance the TED-CEC conference experience

Oregon Post-doc in academic interventions and assessment

Folks at the University of Oregon’s Center on Teaching & Learning (CTL) are hoping to fill the second year of an IES post-doc with a hard-working, recent Ph.D. graduate interested in academic interventions and assessment. This is a one-year appointment. Although the start date is 1 September 2015, it’s possible that date is flexible (e.g., the postdoc could start later in 2015 and be funded later into 2016). More information about CTL and our projects can be found here: http://ctl.uoregon.edu/. Download a PDF describing the position.

University of South Florida doctoral studies

Professor Jeannie Kleinhammer-Tramill and colleagues at the University of South Florida are soliciting applications for a new cohort of Ph.D. students to begin doctoral studies in the fall of 2015. They are recruiting for a diverse group of individuals who want to prepare for roles as faculty members in special education and special education policy leadership. Those who are selected for the program will receive scholarships of up to $30,000 per year for full-time study to complete the doctorate in special education with emphasis on educational policy leadership. Download the accompanying flyer for additional information.

DISES conference at University of Minho

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The Division of International Special Education and Services (DISES) and the University of Minho will convene an international conference in Braga, Portugal, from 14-17 July 2014. The conference will take as its theme “Embracing Inclusive Approaches” and will feature Arlene S. Kanter of Syracuse University and Luis de Miranda Correia, of the Instituto Português de Dislexia e outras Necessidades Especiais (Portuguese Institute of Dyslexia and other Special Needs) and the Associação Portuguesa para as Necessidades Especiais (Portuguese Association for Special Needs). Learn more by visiting the section of the DISES Web site devoted to the conference.

The University of Arizona announces funding for doctoral students who want to become professors in special education

The University of Arizona announces funding for doctoral students who want to become professors in special education.

• Fellowships include:
o Full tuition
o An annual stipend of $30,000
o Funds for professional travel

• Our goal is to produce faculty skilled in evidence-based practice in their specialty area. Possible specializations include:
o Learning disabilities
o Bilingual/multicultural special education
o Deafness/hard of hearing
o Visual impairment and blindness
o Emotional and behavioral disorders
o Severe and multiple disabilities
o Positive behavioral support

• Doctoral students receive exceptional training through an apprenticeship model, engaging in the same activities that will be required when they become faculty

• A unique feature is a one-semester externship at another university with a leading scholar in the student’s specialization

• UA graduates are now faculty at universities and colleges across the country

•Learn more about the program and our application process at http://spedprof.arizona.edu

Post-doc at Children’s Learning Institute of U. Texas Health Sci Center

Post-Doctoral Fellowship Position
Children’s Learning Institute
UT Health: The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

The Children’s Learning Institute (CLI) at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston invites applications for an Institute of Education Sciences sponsored 2-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship. The CLI has several federal- and state-funded projects in language and literacy, with a particular emphasis on preparing young “at risk” children for school and on understanding and addressing learning difficulties in school-age children and adolescents. Postdoctoral training is available in either a preschool or school-age strand with opportunities to obtain expertise in research on English Language Learning.
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Post-docs at U. Nebraska-Lincoln and Girls’ and Boys’ Town

Michael Epstein is searching for individuals with earned doctoral degrees in special education, psychology, or social work (or related disciplines) who are interested in developing research skills in the area of emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) by working on studies of programs and services for children and youths with EBD. Applications are open as of the date of this announcement and will be reviewed as they are submitted. Start dates begin August 2013 but are flexible. Download a PDF description of the post-docs for additional information.

Pittsburgh doctoral training opportunity

Special Education faculty within the Department of Instruction & Learning at The University of Pittsburgh recently received a training grant from the US Department of Education Office of Special Education to support doctoral study in special education. They are recruiting a cohort of high-quality applicants to begin study in Fall 2012. People interested in learning about the program may download an informational flyer.

Interested applicants should contact Chris Lemons at lemons [at] pitt.edu for more information.

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Postdoctoral Fellows in Special Education Intervention Research Vanderbilt University

Final Slot Available for One Post-Doctoral Fellow Beginning January, 2012 for 20 Months

Vanderbilt University is inviting applications for post-doctoral fellows in the two year Postdoctoral Intervention Research Program in Special Education. Fellows will work closely with a faculty advisor in the Department of Special Education matched to their interests in intervention research and with Karen Harris, Project Director. The special education faculty at VU are nationally recognized as leaders in intervention research in special education (see Peabody’s special ed site for more information). Fellows are sought across the areas of Early Childhood, High Incidence (EBD/LD/ADHD and other struggling learners) and Severe Disabilities. Participating advisors include: Donald Compton, Stephen Elliott, Doug Fuchs, Lynn Fuchs, Steve Graham, Karen Harris, Mary Louise Hemmeter, Ann Kaiser, Erik Carter, Joseph Wehby, Mark Wolery, and Paul Yoder. Fellows will be prepared to make a difference in intervention research though (1) intensive mentoring by appropriate faculty members and the Project Director, (2) additional rigorous training in research methods and the science of learning beyond that received in their doctoral programs and tailored to their individual interests in intervention research, (3) concentrated experiences in one or more currently funded intervention research programs, (4) participation in an Intervention Research Reading Group that will allow intense study of critical works on intervention research, and (5) experience in writing IES research proposals, writing for publication, and presenting at research conferences. Upon completing this postdoctorate, fellows will have begun to build a programmatic line of research that will have significant impact on practice and the field of special education.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a doctoral degree in special education or related area, as well as experience with individuals with or at risk for disabilities. Assistant professors as well as recent doctoral graduates are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should send a letter of application indicating their areas of interest in intervention research and relevant work, CV, and a list of references to Karen Harris (Karen.Harris [at] Vanderbilt [dot] edu). U.S. citizenship or permanent residency required. Applications will be reviewed as received. Vanderbilt University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Members of under-represented minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Salary is $50,000 per year (the position is for 20 months only). This position begins in January, 2012 and concludes at the end of Summer semester, 2013.

Fellows will receive the postdoctoral health insurance, but no other benefits.

There is a fund of 15,000 for this fellow to cover computers, supplies, books, publications and other materials needed for research, plus conference travel.

Each fellow receives funding to cover a trip to DC for the IES postdocs awards meeting.

Arizona on-line MA in special ed

The University of Arizona announces a new, fully online MA in special education (General Studies). This 36-unit program includes courses on behavioral support, cultural and linguistic diversity, language development, special services, foundations, and research methods. Specialization areas include learning disabilities, sensory impairments, challenging behaviors, autism spectrum disorder, or gifted students. Courses can be taken from anywhere in the country or anywhere in the world.

Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2011 semester. The program does not lead to teacher certification.

More information can be found at Arizona’s Online Master’s Degree in Special Education

Webinar on Evidence-Based Practices

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Webinar: Everything You Wanted to Know About Evidence-Based Practices (and Shouldn’t be Afraid to Ask)

On 8 March 2011, CEC and the Division for Research are co-hosting a webinar on evidence-based practices that DR has developed as a service to its members and to other university faculty and their graduate students. The webinar, presented by Bryan Cook, the new chair of CEC’s Committee on Evidence-Based Practices, explores what evidence-based practice means for researchers, teacher educators, practitioners and administrators, and how evidence-based practices differ from other practices that claim to be research-based. As with CEC/DR’s previous webinars, one registration can be used for a group, as long as the group is using one computer. All you need is an internet connection, a speaker phone, and a computer projector, and your entire group can participate in the webinar. After the webinar is over, you will receive your own copy of the webinar file, which you can keep to re-show to classes or other groups at your convenience. With the CEC member discount, each webinar registration costs only $89.00.

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Buffalo tech-focused doctoral program

The University at Buffalo is recruiting students for a doctoral preparation program to begin in the fall of 2011. The program will support six students in a four-year program and will focus on preparing them to work in the Digital Age, specifically to use media, technology and communication tools. A research practicum with the Buffalo Public Schools is a major focus of this grant. Funding is available to support students in summer internships with experts in the field, including but not limited to:
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JHU doctoral studies

Johns Hopkins University is recruiting students for a doctoral preparation program to begin in the fall of 2011. The Hopkins program will support seven students in a four-year program and will focus on preparing them to conduct research about teacher education, integrate knowledge about exemplary special education teaching, and make a transition to special education faculty positions in institutions of higher education.
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