Have you been a special education teacher (or closely related) for at least 3 years and ‘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!!!

  • A Ph.D. Program in Special Education Available at the University of Virginia

    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; please email Project Directors Michael Kennedy and Bill Therrien to learn more (see below).  Areas of research are flexible, faculty members who are affiliated with the SEEDS program and Special Education Program at U.Va include: Michael Kennedy (mjk3p@virginia.edu) & Bill Therrien (wjt2c@virginia.edu), Project Directors; Bryan Cook, Lysandra Cook, Stephanie Morano, Youjia Hua, Gail Lovette, Catherine Bradshaw, Emily Solari

    Please visit https://curry.virginia.edu/academics/special-education to learn more about individual faculty members and the doctoral program at U.Va. For priority consideration, please apply ASAP! GRE Scores are required for admission.

    Please contact Dr. Kennedy for important stipulations regarding acceptance of OSEP money as part of this competition.

SEEDS Affiliated Faculty

Michael J. Kennedy

SEEDS Project Director Michael J. Kennedy is an Associate Professor of Special Education

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Bill Therrien

SEEDS Project Director William J Therrien is a Professor of Special Education

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Bryan Cook

SEEDS Affiliate Bryan Cook is a Professor of Education

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Lysandra Cook

SEEDS Affiliate Lysandra Cook is an Associate Professor of Education

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Stephanie Morano

SEEDS Affiliate Stephanie Morano is an Assistant Professor of Education

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Youjia Hua

SEEDS Affiliate Youjia Hua is an Associate Professor of Education

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Gail Lovette

SEEDS Affiliate Gail E. Lovette is an Assistant Professor of Education

Catherine Bradshaw

SEEDS Affiliate Catherine Bradshaw is a Professor and the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development.

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