EDD and PHD

Special Education Doctorate

Discounted Tuition • Flexible Online Format

Online 61 - 67 credits * 4 years

Affordable Tuition

$495/mo

*if using financial aid

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Program Overview

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

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 7310Organization and Community Partnerships
SPED 7020Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
EDL 7300Ethics for Educational Leaders
SPED 7010Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities
SPED 7060Current Issues and Trends in Special Education
SPED 7100International Perspectives on Special Education
RES 7605Quantitative Analysis
RES 7700Qualitative Analysis
SPED 7030Seminar in Low Incidence Disabilities
SPED 7030Seminar in High Incidence Disabilities
RES 7900Research Design
COMP 7000Comprehensive Exam (fee based)
DISS 7010Dissertation
DISS 7020Dissertation
DISS 7030Dissertation
DISS 8000*Dissertation Supervision (as needed, fee based)*

Ph.D. 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 7300Philosophy of Scientific Knowledge
EDL 7210Policy Analysis
EDL 7310Organization and Community Partnerships
SPED 7020Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
EDL 7300Ethics for Educational Leaders
SPED 7010Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities
SPED 7060Current Issues and Trends in Special Education
SPED 7100International Perspectives on Special Education
RES 7605Quantitative Analysis
RES 7700Qualitative Analysis
SPED 7030Seminar in Low Incidence Disabilities
SPED 7040Seminar in High Incidence Disabilities
RES 7800Mixed Methods Research
RES 7620
OR
RES 7710
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)*

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). The graduation fee will be assessed. 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
Emailgraduate.admission@CUChicago.edu

Other Contacts:
Cohort InformationGraduate Information Office800-946-9608
Payment PlanOffice of Student Business Services708-209-3237
Financial AssistanceOffice of Student Financial Planning708-209-3113
Online FAFSA formwww.fafsa.ed.gov800-4-FED AID