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National Center for Special Education Research

icon of glasses and a book Postdoctoral Research Training Program in Special Education


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FY Awards

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Dr. Robert Ochsendorf
(202) 219-2234


The Postdoctoral Research Training (Postdoctoral) Program in Special Education supports programs that prepare education researchers to conduct high-quality, independent special education and early intervention research that advances knowledge within the field and addresses issues for children and youth with or at risk for disabilities. Fellows who complete their training programs will have the skills necessary to produce research that is methodologically rigorous as well as relevant and accessible to education stakeholders such as parents, practitioners, and policymakers.

The Institute’s research grant competitions target research questions and key student outcomes of interest to stakeholders. In early childhood, the primary outcomes of interest are school readiness and developmental outcomes for infants, toddlers, and preschool children with or at risk for disabilities. From kindergarten through Grade 12, the core academic outcomes of reading, writing, mathematics, and science are the central outcomes of interest, as well as social and behavioral skills that support academic learning in school, and successful transitions to employment, independent living, and postsecondary education. The aim of the Institute's Postdoctoral training program is to build capacity in the field of special education to conduct rigorous research that addresses these issues.