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Preparing the future of inclusive education faculty, researchers, and leaders


Full tuition scholarship for a Ph.D. in Special Education


Competitive stipends plus support for technology, travel, and more


Mentoring and cohort experiences across partner schools

There is an unprecedented shortage of special education teachers. To combat this, we are supporting the recruitment, retention, and development of doctoral scholars with the knowledge, skills, dispositions, and critical consciousness to be effective, inclusive, and culturally and linguistically sustaining special education leaders.

Project IMMERSE (Inclusive, Multicultural, Multilingual, Effective, and Responsive Special Education) is a partnership between the University of New Mexico, Syracuse University, and Rowan University. Scholars join a diverse cohort of doctoral students and emerging leaders with commitment to, and expertise in, improving outcomes for diverse students with disabilities and their families.

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Project IMMERSE scholars will:

  • Expand and apply knowledge of culturally-sustaining, inclusive, effective practices for diverse students with disabilities.
  • Engage in high quality, rigorous research.
  • Develop expertise in effective university teaching and supervision.
  • Provide leadership in Special Education through mentored internships and knowledge dissemination.

Applicants should have a master’s degree in special education or related field, and K-12 teaching or disability-related experience.

Program Components

  • Full-time enrollment in the Special Education Ph.D. program at any of the three partnering universities.
  • 100% tuition scholarship plus a competitive stipend.
  • Financial support for books, materials, conference travel.
  • Project IMMERSE faculty and external faculty mentorship.
  • Participation in cohort activities and shared academic experiences, including focused seminars, research
    apprenticeships, and professional development opportunities.
  • Opportunities to develop university teaching and supervision skills.

Questions? Contact:

Allison Nannemann, Assistant Professor,

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Professional Licensure Disclosure

Our program has determined it meets professional licensure requirements in the state of New Mexico. It has not determined it meets professional licensure requirements in any other state.