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

Degree Overview

Cindi Spaulding, Ph.D.
Cindi Spaulding, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor,
Liberty University,
School of Education
Regent Graduate, 2009


"Education opens doors and
allows individuals greater
choice over their destiny."

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The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) is delivered primarily online (along with one-week summer residencies) and is designed to facilitate the learning styles of adults and provide a collaborative community for higher-level thinking and problem solving. The problem-based curriculum, applied dissertation projects, and individually designed cognates allow for a tailor-made program. Undergirding the entire program is critical thinking, scholarly research, writing, and learning from a Christian worldview. The capstone project, as with any doctoral program, is the submission and defense of a doctoral dissertation.


Spring & Summer 2014 Cohorts:
Ed.D. cohorts will begin in January and mid-June and a four-day residency will be held July 7-10, 2014 at our Virginia Beach Campus.

Scholarship Opportunity:
A 25% scholarship is available to any student that is accepted to and enrolled in the Special Education cognate.

Doctorate in Special Education Highlights

Courses: View Course Sequence and Descriptions
Length: 60 credit hours. May be completed in as little as 3 years.
Format: Offered in a cohort model. Students may begin the program in the spring or summer semesters. Courses are offered online with a one-week residency each summer of the program. School division cohorts are also offered in varying formats.
Results: Doctor of Education degree. The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) is awarded after completion of 30 credit hours. The Doctor of Education degree is awarded after completion of 60 credit hours.
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Features: Online coursework, cognate and dissertation advisor, on-campus residencies.

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Cognate Description

The Doctor of Education in Special Education provides advanced preparation of special educators 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. Read more and view dissertation abstracts>>


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Doctorate in Special Education graduates will be able to:

  • Identify, respond to, and lead in important local, national, and global educational issues in a Christ-like manner from informed Biblical perspectives.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how key theories inform planning, administration, policy, and professional practice.
  • Evaluate educational research from theoretical and methodological perspectives in order to determine its contribution to policy and professional practice.
  • Solve problems associated with planning, administration, policy, and professional practice by
    • analyzing data;
    • synthesizing information; and
    • applying critical thinking
  • Provide intellectual leadership in producing and communicating action research to significantly impact respective professional spheres of education
  • Demonstrate integrity, fairness, and ethical behavior in a Christ-like manner in planning, administration, policy development, problem solving, and professional practice.