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Ed.D. - Special Education

Walden University's Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) with a specialization in Special Education program helps current teachers strengthen their knowledge of students with special needs so that they can improve student learning in the classroom. Read more about this program here.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) with a specialization in Special Education

School Offering Program:

Walden University

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Program Description:

Walden University's Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) with a specialization in Special Education program is designed for current and aspiring teachers who are interested in learning about special education practices to enhance student learning. The program, which aligns with the Council for Exceptional Children's Advanced Role Content Standards, teaches educators how to develop programs and assess student progress, and how to improve school- and district-wide policies and practices that affect special education. Through different courses, individuals will also study societal factors related to students with special needs and how to assume an effective leadership position within an educational setting. Students in this degree program also conduct research through two doctoral study courses.


Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association,

Learning Format:


Estimated Program Length:

2 2/3 years: Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Personalized estimates of time to completion can be discussed with Walden University enrollment advisors.

Total Credits Required:

60 semester credit hours

Financial Aid Available:

Walden University offers a number of financial aid opportunities including scholarships, fellowships, and employer tuition reimbursement for those who qualify. Enrollment advisors can also assist with federal aid, private loans, tuition-reduction opportunities,* and veteran benefits.

*Only one tuition-reduction benefit may be applied to tuition and fees. Not valid for Tennessee residents.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Courses for a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) with a specialization in Special Education:

Degree program curriculum and credits are subject to change. Contact Walden University for the most current information before enrolling in a program.

Course Title Credits
Foundations: Special Education 6
Leadership, Advocacy, Policy, and Law 6
Applied Research in Education 6
Specialized Instruction 6
Research Methodology and Special Education 6
School-Wide Intervention Models 6
Research in Practice 6
Sustaining and Supporting Effective Practices in Special Education 6
Doctoral Study Companion 0
Doctor Study Intensive 6
Doctor Study Intensive 6

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Students of Walden University's Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) with a specialization in Special Education program learn research-based teaching strategies that could equip them to work with students with special needs in classroom and clinical settings.

Careers that program graduates may seek include:

  • Teacher for Handicapped and Learning Disabled Students
  • Gifted Teacher
  • Special Education Tutor
  • Special Education Specialist

Walden offers both state-approved educator licensure programs as well as programs and courses that do not lead to licensure or endorsements. Prospective students must review their state licensure requirements prior to enrolling. For more information, please refer to

Prospective Alabama students: Contact the Teacher Education and Certification Division of the Alabama State Department of Education at 1-334-242-9935 or to verify that these programs qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits.

Prospective Washington state students are advised to contact the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction at 1-360-725-6320 or to determine whether Walden's programs in the field of education are approved for teacher certification or endorsements in Washington state. Additionally, teachers are advised to contact their individual school district as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.