Special Education Teachers for the Future (SEEDS)

Have you been a special education teacher (or closely related) for at least three years and are ‘looking to do more’ as a professional in the field? Want to conduct research that makes a difference in the lives of children with disabilities? Interested in becoming a teacher of teachers who helps educators at all levels learn to implement evidence-based practices? You may be interested in earning a Ph.D. in Special Education.

Funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

The SEEDS doctoral training program is a four-year program in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Thanks to generous funding from OSEP, SEEDS Scholars will receive a $38,000 annual stipend (for four years), free tuition, annual travel support, and health benefits. 

The SEEDS program is highly competitive. Areas of research are flexible. Please visit the Ph.D. in Special Education page to learn more about the academic program and to apply.

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Please contact us for important stipulations regarding the acceptance of OSEP money as part of this competition.

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