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Ed.D. with a concentration in Special Education
– Required Courses

Core Courses

  • EDCO 800 Qualitative Data Analysis (3)
  • EFND 702 Research Design & Analysis (3)
  • EFND 705C Residency (2)
  • EFND 722 Educational Statistics (3)
  • EFND 800 Issues in Education (3)
  • EFND 906A Dissertation Research (5)
  • EFND 906B Dissertation Research (5)
  • EFND 906C Dissertation Research (5)

Some courses below may be waived for students possessing an Ed.S. or equivalent upon admission into the Ed.D.: Consult with the concentration advisor.

  • EDUC 700 Online Orientation (0)
  • ENGL 500 Graduate Academic Writing Seminar (if not exempt) (0)
  • UNIV LIB Information Research & Resources (0)
  • EADM 703 Advanced Theory & Practice of Leadership, Communication, & Organizations (3)
  • EFND 705A Residency (2)
  • EFND 705B Residency (2)
  • EFND 706 Christian Worldview for Educators (3)
  • EFND 715 Data-Driven Decision Making (3)

Concentration Courses

Complete 24 credit hours.

Required Courses

  • ESPC 730 Meta-Analysis in the Social Sciences (3)
  • ESPC 800 Doctoral Seminar: The Editorial & Review Process (3)

Some courses below may be waived for students possessing an Ed.S. or equivalent upon admission into the Ed.D.: Consult with the concentration advisor.

  • EFND 725 Advanced Study of Best Practices in Special Education (3)
  • ESPC 705 History of Special Education (3)
  • ESPC 710 Advanced Study of High-Incidence Disabilities (3)
  • ESPC 740 Fad Interventions in Special Education (3)
  • ESPC 830 International Special Education (3)
  • ESPC 840 Bioethics in Special Education (3)

Ed.D. with a concentration in Special Education
– Course Descriptions

EDCO 800 Qualitative Data Analysis (3) Theory and practice in analyzing qualitative data. Topics include coding, meaning generation, and validation.

EFND 702 Research Design & Analysis (3) Overview of scholarly research and methods to evaluate research. Presents the basic concepts of quantitative and qualitative research methods and the diverse approaches to scholarly inquiry and reflective practice.

EFND 705 A, B, C Residency (2) One-week, on campus requirement.

EFND 722 Educational Statistics (3) Basic understanding of statistical methods, particularly as they pertain to research in education. Focuses on conceptual rather than mathematical and applied rather than theoretical–understand why a particular statistical technique is appropriate and how to make sense of the results obtained from its utilization rather than to understand the full mathematical underpinnings of the statistic. SPSS will be used as a productivity tool to perform all statistical procedures. Specific topics include descriptive statistics, visual representation of data, hypothesis testing, regression and correlation.

EFND 800 Issues in Education (3) An advanced examination of current educational issues and contributing factors.

EFND 898 Candidacy Examination Continuation (6) For doctoral students to remain active in the program after an unsuccessful attempt to complete the candidacy examination, they must register for EFND 898. During the registered semester, students should review course material to attempt to successfully complete the examination at a later date.

EFND 899 Candidacy Examination Extension (0) Doctoral students who have been granted approval to take the candidacy examinnation later than the summer of their second year must register for this course to remain active in the program.

EFND 906A Dissertation (5) Doctoral candidates will work with their dissertation committee to defend their proposal, research and collect data, write and defend five chapters of their dissertation. Each candidate must register for a minimum of 15 dissertation credits. The credits will be equally distributed into 5 credit segments over 3 consecutive semesters.

EFND 906B Dissertation (5) Doctoral candidates will work with their dissertation committee to defend their proposal, research and collect data, write and defend five chapters of their dissertation. Each candidate must register for a minimum of 15 dissertation credits. The credits will be equally distributed into 5 credit segments over 3 consecutive semesters.

EFND 906C Dissertation (5) Doctoral candidates will work with their dissertation committee to defend their proposal, research and collect data, write and defend five chapters of their dissertation. Each candidate must register for a minimum of 15 dissertation credits. The credits will be equally distributed into 5 credit segments over 3 consecutive semesters.

EFND 907 Dissertation Continuation (3) Designed for doctoral candidates who have not successfully defended their dissertation within 3 semesters, as required by the School of Education doctoral program. Students will enroll in this course each semester and work closely with their dissertation committee until they have successfully defended their dissertation as required by the program.

EDUC 700 Online Orientation (0) Required during the first semester of enrollment in some programs; acclimates students to Blackboard, the platform from which online classes are launched.

ENGL 500 Graduate Academic Writing Seminar (0) Development of the scholarly writing skills of entering graduate students, including consistent standards in grammar and punctuation, academic style, avoiding plagiarism, and learning to critique academic works.

UNIV LIB Information Research & Resources (0) Teaches basic competencies in the use of computer and related information technology research and resources, including use of the library. Enroll in the course in the first semester. Required for graduation. Pass/No Pass.

EADM 703 Advanced Theory & Practice of Leadership Communication, & Organizations (3) Critical examination of theories and practices of leadership and communication as they relate to individuals and organizations within the context of educational systems.

EFND 706 Christian Worldview for Educators (3) Explores the development of a Christian worldview with a particular emphasis on Regent University's mission. Evaluates cultural and educational trends through the lens of a Christian worldview.

EFND 715 Data-Driven Decision Making (3) Descriptive statistics and data-driven decision making in problem-based learning applications.

ESPC 730 Meta-Analysis in the Social Sciences (3) Advanced course in understanding and executing meta-analyses in special education or other social sciences. Study of the history of meta-analysis, its major functions and limitations, and the successful completion of a meta-analysis in a social science area. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor; prior completion of core courses in statistics and research design (e.g., EFND 702 & 722 or equivalent).

ESPC 800 Doctoral Seminar: The Editorial and Review Process (3) Advanced study of the entire publishing process from submission to publication for both authors and editors in special education or closely related areas. Examination of publication objectives for different audiences such as refereed vs. non-refereed journals and other publication formats. Study of duties related to guest reviewing, regular reviewing, editorial board duties, responsibilities of refereed journal editors and co-editors. Guest lectures by editors of journals in special education or related social science fields focusing on single/multiple author works and responsibilities, submitting or editing special journal issues highlighting current research and practice, and copy-editing for final printing. Writing and submitting an original article to a refereed journal. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.

EFND 725 Advanced Study of Best Practices in Special Education (3) Advanced study of empirically based interventions for children with mild disabilities for academic, emotional, and social deficits. Emphasis on current best practices and practices often used but empirically unsupported as well as legal and ethical issues surrounding intervention implementation.

ESPC 705 History of Special Education (3) An advanced historical survey of the origins of special education. Focus on historical figures in special education, their theories of and interventions with people with disabilities; on the evolution of the social construction of disability; on broad legal and ethical issues related to people with disabilities; and on some current issues facing the field.

ESPC 710 Advanced Study of High-Incidence Disabilities (3) Advanced study of special education high-incidence disability categories: Learning Disabilities, Emotional and Behavioral Disturbance, and Mental Retardation. Focus on the historical development of identification, including distinguishing characteristics and definitions, as well as empirically based interventions that address characteristic issues of each group.

ESPC 740 Fad Interventions in Special Education (3) Advanced study of empirically unsupported yet perennially popular interventions for children with disabilities.

ESPC 830 International Special Education (3) Advanced review of international special education; UN Charter, the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to the Salamanca Statement and the Rights of Persons with Disability, and attention to special education in the developing world.

ESPC 840 Bioethics in Special Education (3) Advanced study of the modern origins of bioethics and its relation to persons with disabilities with particular attention to genetic fetal anomalies, assisted suicide, and euthanasia.