Doctoral Programs

Special Education Doctorate

In-Person or Online 61 credit hours Ed.D * 67 credit hours Ph.D

Affordable Tuition

$497/mo

*if using financial aid

How to Pay
In your area one night a week OR fully online.
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Program Objectives

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.

Program Requirements

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

Areas of Study

Ed.D. Course Track

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

Ph.D. Course Track

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

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