Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) – Special Education

Degree Overview

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), primarily an online program with some face-to-face requirements, is designed to facilitate the learning styles of adults by providing a collaborative community for higher-level thinking and problem solving. Undergirding the program are four key components: critical thinking, scholarly research that informs practice, writing, and learning from a Christian worldview. All students must complete a culminating experience: the submission and successful defense of a doctoral dissertation. Students possessing an Ed.S. or equivalent may be admitted to the Ed.D. program with advanced standing after a review of their post-master’s transcript(s).

Concentration Description

The online Doctor of Education with a concentration in Special Education provides career development for special education teachers for leadership positions in special education research (emphasis on data interpretation, conclusions and ramifications), practice (emphasis on empirically, research-based interventions), and policy (emphasis on codifying research and practice for effective implementation) to best serve children, youth, and adults with high-incidence disabilities.

Program Highlights

Length: 66 credit hour minimum (an additional 35 or more hours beyond the Ed.S. or its equivalent)
Format: Offered in a cohort model. Students may begin the program in the fall, spring or summer semesters. Courses are delivered online with some required face-to-face components. School division cohorts are also offered in varying formats.
Results: Doctor of Education degree with a concentration in Special Education. The Ed.S. is awarded after completion of 31 credit hours. The Doctor of Education degree is awarded after completion of 66+ credit hours.
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Special Education Executive Leadership
Special Education Consultation
Higher Education Faculty