Special Education Doctorate

What you Learn:

The doctoral program 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; to develop competency in special education leadership, curriculum modification and program evaluation; to improve understanding of the needs of families as it relates to special services; to understand the role of advocacy in supporting key stakeholders; and to support and lead reform and change efforts related to teacher development in special education.

Areas of Study:

Ed.D. Track

Course Title
EDL 6250 Special Education Law and Policy
EDL 7140 Organizational Change
EDL 7120 Research Based Decision Making
SPED 6375 Supervision of Programs for Children with Disabilities
FPR 7011 Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Leadership
EDL 7210 Policy Analysis
EDL 6310 Schools, Families and Trends in Special Education
SPED 7XXX Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
EDL 7300 Ethics for Educational Leaders
SPED 7XXX Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities
SPED 7XXX Current Issues and Trends in Special Education
GME 6300 Introduction to Grants
RES 7605 Quantitative Analysis
RES 7700 Qualitative Analysis
SPED 7XXX Seminar in Low Incidence Disabilities
SPED 7XXX Seminar in High Incidence Disabilities
RES 7900 Research Design
COMP 7000 Comprehensive Exam (fee based)
DISS 7010 Dissertation
DISS 7020 Dissertation
DISS 7030 Dissertation
DISS 8000* Dissertation Supervision (as needed, fee based)*

Ph.D. Track

Course Title
EDL 6250 Special Education Law and Policy
EDL 7140 Organizational Change
EDL 7120 Research Based Decision Making
SPED 6375 Supervision of Programs for Children with Disabilities
FPR 7300 Philosophy of Scientific Knowledge
EDL 7210 Policy Analysis
EDL 6310 Schools, Families and Trends in Special Education
SPED 7XXX Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
EDL 7300 Ethics for Educational Leaders
SPED 7XXX Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities
SPED 7XXX Current Issues and Trends in Special Education
GME 6300 Introduction to Grants
RES 7605 Quantitative Analysis
RES 7700 Qualitative Analysis
SPED 7XXX Seminar in Low Incidence Disabilities
SPED 7XXX Seminar in High Incidence Disabilities
RES 7800 Mixed Methods Research
RES 7600
OR
RES 7620
OR
RES 7710
Survey Research
OR
Advanced Topics in Statistics
OR
Advanced Topics in Qualitative Analysis
RES 7900 Research Design
COMP 7000 Comprehensive Examination (fee-based)
DISS 7010 Dissertation
DISS 7020 Dissertation
DISS 7030 Dissertation
DISS 8000* Dissertation Supervision (as needed, fee based)*

Please Note:

* Students must register for DISS 8000 repeatedly (as needed) to maintain continuous enrollment until program completion.

Those who intend to apply for financial aid should complete the financial aid process at the same time they apply for admission. Financial aid is available to admitted students (not pending/guest status) and is not retroactive.

This is only an introduction of the program. You are responsible to review the Graduate Catalog for program details.

Tuition Guarantee:

The special per credit hour cohort tuition is $730 for Doctoral Programs. This rate is guaranteed not to increase over the life of the cohort. In addition, a technology fee of $15 per credit hour ($45 per 3 credit course) will be assessed for the purpose of supporting and enhancing student learning (Concordia e-mail, Blackboard, text notifications). There is a $300 fee associated with the dissertation and a graduation fee of $143. We reserve the right to offer different tuition rates, or change the prices of other programs.

Admission Requirements:

  • Undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 2.85 (on a 4.00 scale) and a Master's Degree with at least a 3.00 GPA
  • Two years teaching experience
  • Objective Statement essay
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official sealed academic transcripts from institutions where degrees were earned
  • GRE or MAT test scores
  • Submission of Professional Resume
  • Copy of current Ohio teaching license (if applicable)

Once all materials are submitted and your file is complete, the following steps will be taken:

  1. Your file will be reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee.
  2. An admission decision will be reached immediately following the committee review, and you will be notified in writing within a few days.

NOTE: Admission to Concordia University Chicago depends on several factors, including: the cumulative GPA, program fit, professional experience, letters of recommendation, and an objective statement (critical writing sample). Students who do not have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.25 (on a 4.00 scale) will not be considered for admission.

Applicants may enroll in one semester of classes as a "pending" student awaiting an admission decision. Please note that participation and enrollment in the cohort does not guarantee admission to the University. Pending students who are denied admission will not be automatically withdrawn from the class, and will not receive a tuition refund. Pending students are not eligible for financial aid, therefore, please complete the admission process and submit official transcripts by the beginning of the semester for full admission to the graduate cohort program.

The Office of Graduate Admission and Enrollment Services will send a letter upon receipt of your application, and non-refundable $60.00 application fee (includes 1-year Associate Membership in OAESA). If you have any questions regarding your admission status, please feel free to contact us at:

Office of Graduate Admission and Enrollment Services
Phone: 708-209-4093
Fax: 708-209-3454
Email: graduate.admission@CUChicago.edu

Other Contacts:

Cohort Information Graduate Information Office 800-946-9608
Payment Plan Office of Student Business Services 708-209-3237
Financial Assistance Office of Student Financial Planning 708-209-3113
Online FAFSA form www.fafsa.ed.gov 800-4-FED AID