National consortium allows candidates to pursue PhD in special education for free

Two full-time UH Manoa students will be admitted into Fall 2020 Early Intervention/Childhood Special Education Consortium

The University of Hawaii at Manoa's College of Education is partnering with the University of Connecticut Early Childhood Consortium to develop experts in early childhood intervention for infants and young children with high-intensity needs because of significant intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Two full-time UHM students in the Ph.D. in Education, Exceptionalities Track will be admitted into the Fall 2020 cohort.

In addition to the requirements of the UHM doctoral program, consortium fellows will participate in monthly webinars, summer intensive seminars, advanced training in research methodologies, and mentoring by UHM Special Education faculty in college teaching, research, advocacy, public policy, and teaching related to early intervention and early childhood special education.

Fellows may need to travel to the mainland for some consortium activities. Required travel for project activities will be funded through the consortium.

Fellows receive the following funding:

  • Approximately $25,000/year for five years,
  • Full tuition waiver (approximately $30,000), and
  • Travel to the mainland for conferences and consortium activities.

To be eligible for this opportunity, candidates must:

  • Have experience in early childhood intervention and/or early childhood special education,
  • Become a full-time Ph.D. student beginning Fall 2020, and
  • Have a career goal of becoming faculty in higher education.

The University of Connecticut received a $6.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop a doctoral leadership program to train 28 future faculty across the country.

Both faculty and students will collaborate and work across all the consortia universities to form a network of experts who can be resources to other faculty, doctoral students, early childhood interventionists, and families of infants and young children with high-intensity learning needs.

The two Hawaii-selected recipients for this funding opportunity would be among the 28 national scholars from 10 universities in the consortium: University of Cincinatti, University of Colorado Denver, University of Connecticut, University of Georgia, University of Hawaii, University of Illinois, University of Kansas, University of North Carolina, University of Washington, and Vanderbilt University.

An online information session will be held on Dec. 23 at 1 p.m. HST to share information regarding the consortium opportunity, the Ph.D. in Education, Exceptionalities program, and how to apply. You can also view this list of frequently asked questions and updates.

Consortium Inquiries
University of Connecticut
Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Email: bruder@uchc.edu
Telephone: 860-679-1500
Toll-Free: 866-623-1315
TTY: 860-679-1502
Fax: 860-679-1571

Program Inquiries
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Department of Special Education
Email: spedinfo@hawaii.edu
Telephone: 808-956-7956
Online inquiry form: bit.ly/spedinfo