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Rehabilitation and Special Education, Ph.D.

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University rank #601 (WUR) , AL,
Through a combination of coursework and clinical experience our graduate programs in Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology help students develop the tools they need to address psychological, social, and environmental barriers to educational achievement and personal development.


Their Special Education programs prepare students to serve individuals with special needs and disabilities as special education teachers. Students acquire skills necessary to work with children of all ages with mental retardation, learning disabilities and behavior disorders.

In their Rehabilitation programs, students are prepared to serve people with disabilities at the postschool age level. Career pursuits including vocational evaluation and adjustment, case management, and rehabilitation counseling.


Auburn University holds regional accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

The Auburn University Communication Disorders Department awards four degrees: an undergraduate pre-professional degree in Communication Disorders: Bachelor of Science (BS); two graduate degrees in speech-language pathology: a Master of Science (MS) - thesis track and a Master of Communication Disorders (MCD) - non-thesis track; and a graduate degree in Audiology: a Doctor of Audiology (AuD). The MS and MCD degrees in speech-language pathology at Auburn University are accredited through 2016 by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850 (phone: 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Applications and all other relevant material must be received by the Graduate School at least 45 days before the first day of class of the semester in which the student wishes to begin graduate study. International applicants should submit all required materials at least 90 days before the first day of class of the semester in which the student wishes to begin graduate study.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    81 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Academic Rhythms
  • Professional Teaching in Higher Educat
  • Professional Teaching in Higher Education
  • Professional Writing
  • Disabilities Studies/Culture
  • Disability Law
  • Disability Across the Lifespan
  • Literature of Disability: Psychosocial Implications
  • Design and Analysis in Education

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Admission Requirements:

  • Students in this program are required to have a master's degree

  • All official transcripts (Send to Graduate School, 106 Hargis Hall, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849)
    Applicants are asked to send copies of their transcripts to the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation and Counseling

  • Application to the Auburn University Graduate School and payment

  • Three recommendation program forms

  • Completion of the departmental application form

  • Special Education applicants are required to have a minimum of three years teaching experience serving students with disabilities

  • Rehabilitation applicants are required to hold a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor credential or be eligible to sit for the CRC exam

  • Approval of the of the RSED Faculty Committee, Department Head, and the Dean of the Graduate School

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1512 USD/credit
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  • National Applies to you

    1512 USD/credit
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  • In-State Applies to you

    504 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
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Living costs for Auburn

  • 850 - 1300 USD/month
    Living Costs

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