Project INCLUDE - the INclusive Consortium of Leaders in Urban Disabilities Education - aims to prepare doctoral-level special education leaders to meet the needs of culturally or linguistically diverse students with disabilities in urban schools. Students will develop pedagogical and research skills, develop practices that are sensitive to cultural diversity and disability, and join a collaborative consortium of diverse scholars.

About the Project

Project INCLUDE is a five-year federally funded program awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to CASE, Arizona State University and Syracuse University.

Students in the project pursue the 75-credit PhD in Teaching and Learning with a specialization in special education. Part-time and full-time options are available starting Fall 2020:

  • Part-Time Cohort: Six students, 6 credits per semester
  • Full-Time Cohort: Six students, 9 credits per semester

Local students may choose to begin sooner. Students are expected to graduate within five years.

Admissions Requirements

  • Meet FIU graduate entrance criteria
    • 3.0 or higher GPA in UG 60
    • 3.25 or higher GPA in graduate work
    • Application fee ($30.00)
    • Official transcripts from all previous colleges and universities
    • Three professional letters of recommendation
    • Interview with program faculty
    • GRE score (no required minimum)
  • MS in special ed or related field
  • P-12 experience with students with disabilities preferred
  • Written statement
  • Entrance interview with project personnel and/or faculty
  • Service obligation or repayment


Apply online at the Graduate Admissions website.

Questions? Contact University Graduate Admissions at 305-348-7442.