Special Education Requires a Special Educator
Special education is a unique field where teachers learn the skills that support the success of all students. In the special education specialization, you will explore a wide spectrum of issues related to exceptional students, including the development and characteristics of learners and learning differences. Instructional strategies will be taught to address the needs of individuals qualifying for services under the major areas of the exceptionality of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA). You will delve into how various disabilities may affect individuals and their families, as well as factors that place students at risk such as cultural and linguistic diversity and giftedness. As you progress through the special education specialization, you can develop the knowledge and skills to implement the six pillars of the IDEIA and explore the legal aspects of this field. You will gain knowledge in student placement, service delivery requirements, discipline, appropriate educational decisions, family rights and privacy issues, and develop the skills to interact with special education administrators from local districts or universities.
The NCU Difference
NCU's unique approach to graduate education is ideal for self-starters and independent thinkers who want a premier education with unprecedented flexibility. With NCU’s online learning model, there are weekly starts for every program or course. Our education approach was developed to meet the needs of your busy life and schedule. We use a unique one-to-one learning model that pairs one student with one doctoral professor for each course. With no teaching assistants, you learn directly from experts who provide personal feedback and professional insights. Throughout your academic journey, you will be mentored by professors who are experienced in your field of study. At NCU, you will never have to participate in group projects. You move forward at your pace, by setting your own studying schedule. In a class size of one, there’s no one to get in the way of your individual success. None of our programs have residency requirements, allowing flexible access to you no matter where you live. When you enroll in NCU to earn an advanced degree in education, you will become part of a community of professionals who are already making a difference around the world.
“While I was a full–time student, I also worked full-time as a special education teacher. The flexibility of having the opportunity to work on my dissertation in the evenings, as well as on the weekends was very complimentary to my lifestyle.” – Teresa White, Doctor of Education (2016)