EdD/PhD, Leadership: Special Education Specialization

Study Format Online, On Campus
Program Length 61-67 credits*


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The doctoral program in leadership with a specialization in special education is designed for candidates who desire to continue their education as educators and scholars prepared for leadership roles in the area of special education in public or private institutions. This program develops special education experts who can design, implement, evaluate and manage programs in a variety of public and private settings.

The goals of doctoral study in this program are to:

  • Develop the abilities for research and critical thinking in the field of special education, with a theoretical and practical knowledge.
  • Develop competency in special education leadership, curriculum modification and program evaluation.
  • Improve understanding of the needs of families as it relates to special services.
  • Understand the role of advocacy in supporting key stakeholders.
  • Support and lead reform and change efforts related to teacher development in special education.

Program Requirements

  • Application to and admission into the Special Education doctoral program
  • Successful completion of 61 credit hours (EdD) or 67 credit hours (PhD)
  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Dissertation


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