Yes. We would really appreciate your assistance in recruiting! Click here for the Information Flyer
Review ASPIRE's purpose and the timeline for program completion. If the grant's purposes directly coincide with your career goals and interests and experiences, this doctoral grant may be a good match for you. If the timeline for program completion is a pace and rigor you can commit to and be successful with, this doctoral grant may be a good match for you.
No. Our focus is on elementary and secondary students with high-incidence disabilities.
Given all the information you've read on this web site, and after having an individual discussion with one of the doctoral grant's Co-PIs, if you think this doctoral grant may be a good match for you, apply for it. If you are selected, that is when you will really need to make a decision. For those applicants whom we select, we will be providing individualized and specific guidance prior to your acceptance so that both of us are as sure as we can be that we are good matches for each other!
No. ASPIRE scholars must commit to full-time doctoral studies. In select circumstances, ASPIRE scholars may start doctoral studies part-time, but must be full-time by Fall 2021.
No. We have received grant funding based on what we are obligated to accomplish with doctoral students within a specific timeline. If this timeline is not a good match for you, do not apply for this grant. However, you may still apply for our PhD program, which we encourage you to do if pursuing a special education doctorate is your next career goal! https://education.gmu.edu/phd-in-education/information-session
Yes. The program must be completed within four years.
If you have accepted and agreed to complete this grant's doctoral program, you will be obligated to either complete the entire program and the service (e.g., employment in higher education for a specific period of time) obligation, or you will need to pay back the federal dollars you received. This is a federal requirement for students who receive grant funds.
More details will be explained about your service obligation commitment before you accept the grant (if it is offered to you), because we also want to make sure you are very clear about what you are agreeing to and what the consequences are if you decide later (for whatever reasons) that you are not able to fulfill a portion or the entirety of your financial and service obligation.
Doctoral courses are offered late afternoon and evening times (4:30 pm to 7:10 pm; 7:20 pm to 10:00 pm) on Monday through Thursday evenings at GMU’s Fairfax campus. Internships require daytime obligations.
The program is not developed as an online program. Some hybrid and online components may be developed in response to COVID-19. However, you should not count on online coursework.