Doctorate in Special Education

Doctor of Education, Specialized in Special Education

In NCU’s EdD Special Education specialization, you will investigate specific court and legal cases, federal mandates, case studies and application opportunities related to the six pillars of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA). Under the guidance of your mentoring professors, student placement, service delivery requirements, discipline, appropriate educational decisions, family rights, and privacy issues are addressed. You will explore challenging legal issues that face current administrators of special education programs, especially preparation for due-process hearings as well as manifestation determination meetings. Graduates will be prepared for careers as school district administrators of special education programs or a university position preparing special education students at initial certification or advanced levels.

At A Glance

Course information
  Credit Hours Courses Est. Time to Complete  
EDD 54 18 40 months View Course Catalog

Unmatched Flexibility
NCU offers weekly course starts, no scheduled lecture hours, no group assignments, weekly assignments, and the ability to schedule courses around your personal and professional obligations.

100% Doctoral Faculty
No matter the degree level you pursue, you can rest assured that you will be mentored by doctors in your field of study.

One-to-One Engagement
You won't have to fight for facetime as one of many within a classroom. At NCU, you'll have the opportunity to interact one-to-one with your professor, receiving personalized mentoring.

Doctor of Education Learning Outcomes
  • Develop leadership skills to support educational practices across diverse instructional and organizational settings.
  • Analyze educational theories and research supporting diverse instructional practices.
  • Analyze professional skills, dispositions, and technology options for leading and educating diverse groups.
  • Communicate with diverse audiences about educational theories, research, and practices. Evaluate evidence-based solutions for addressing educational, organizational, and societal issues.
  • Evaluate evidence-based solutions for addressing educational, organizational, and societal issues.

*Credit hours and courses reflect new students meeting credit requirements and utilizing no transfer credits. Est. Time of Completion reflects new students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for the program.

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