Education Specialist in Special Education

Educators and administrators of special education programs who can successfully implement the six pillars of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) are in demand. NCU’s Education Specialist (EdS) in Special Education prepares you to face the challenging legal issues confronting special education programs. In our program, you will explore essential topics related to special education, including student placement, service delivery requirements, discipline, appropriate educational decisions, family rights and privacy issues. You will also learn how to prepare for due-process hearings and manifestation determination meetings. Graduates pursue careers as school district administrators of special education programs. This specialization can also prepare you to pursue doctoral studies in Special Education at NCU.

At A Glance

Course information
  Credit Hours Courses Est. Time to Complete  
EdS 33 11 18 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.

Education Specialist Program Learning Outcomes
  • Develop skills to support educational practices across diverse instructional and organizational settings.
  • Communicate with diverse audiences about educational theories, research, and practices.
  • Analyze professional skills, dispositions, and technology options for learning and educating diverse groups.
  • Apply evidence-based solutions for addressing educational, organizational, and societal issues.
  • Analyze current research, theories, and instructional practices in educational and organizational environments.

*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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