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U.S. DOE Helps UAlbany Increase Number of Special Education Doctorates

Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (October 29, 2004) - University at Albany faculty Deborah C. May and Kevin P. Quinn have received a $747,000 U.S. Department of Education grant for Preparation of Leadership Personnel in Special Education. The grant will enable the division of Special Education at UAlbany to increase the number of doctoral candidates, prepare participants to assume leadership roles in the field of special education, assist in career placement activities, and provide ongoing evaluation.

Graduates of the program will possess the necessary skills to assume leadership roles in teacher education at colleges and universities, in research and in state and federal agencies responsible for special education policy. In addition, graduates will be prepared to use technology and distance learning in their courses and research in conjunction with the SUNY Learning Network.

"The substantial shortage of highly qualified doctoral leadership in the field of special education has been well documented," said Sue Phillips, dean of the School of Education at UAlbany. "We are very pleased to be able to offer this innovative program to the future leaders in this important field."

The doctoral program in special education is a concentration within the Ph.D. program in Education Psychology at UAlbany. The program includes coursework in child development, learning, measurement, research methodology and individual differences/special education.

Deborah C. May and Kevin P. Quinn of the division of special education were awarded the grant. May, chair of the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology and director of special education, specializes in school readiness, and students with severe disabilities. She earned her Ed.D. from the Teachers College at Columbia University. Quinn's areas of expertise include students with emotional and behavioral disorders. He received his Ed.D. from Northern Illinois University.


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