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Regent University

EdD in Special Education

Students in the Ed.D. in Special Education program have the chance to learn leadership, research, and curriculum design skills that may serve them in administrative roles in education. Read more about Regent University's doctoral program here.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Education with a concentration in Special Education

School Offering Program:

Regent University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Students applying to the Ed.D. in Special Education program at Regent should have well-developed research skills and a desire to help special needs students through administrative positions. They'll also need both a bachelor's and a master's degree. Applicants to any Regent University graduate program should have at least a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Regent University designed the Ed.D. in Special Education program with one goal in mind - equipping special needs teachers with the skills they need to bring about positive change for underserved students through leadership positions in education. These skills include advanced research design, curriculum development, and data analysis. Students can also learn ways to design school policies and interventions that help students with disabilities get the education they deserve. All of the coursework here is presented from a Christian worldview.

Learning Format:

Online (with required residencies)

Program Length:

66+ credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Regent University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Ed.D. in Special Education:

The Ed.D. in Special Education program at Regent requires students to complete around 66 credit hours. Most of these hours consist of online classroom work. Students also earn credits through dissertation research and three residencies. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Regent University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Required Core Courses (66 credits)

  • Online Orientation
  • Information Research & Resources
  • Regent Foundations for Graduate Success
  • Christian Worldview for Educators
  • Data-Driven Decision Making
  • Bioethics in Special Education
  • Advanced Study of Best Practices in Special Education
  • International Special Education
  • Advanced Study of High-Incidence Disabilities
  • Fad Interventions in Special Education
  • Advanced Theory & Practice of Leadership, Communication, & Organization
  • History of Special Education
  • Research Design & Analysis
  • Issues in Education
  • Educational Statistics
  • Doctoral Seminar: The Editorial & Review Process
  • Qualitative Data Analysis
  • Meta-Analysis in the Social Sciences
  • Residency (3 courses)
  • Dissertation Research (3 courses)

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Once they've completed the Ed.D. in Special Education program, students may have the knowledge of program design and research-based interventions needed to work as administrators in the field. Special needs teachers who graduate from this program may be able to advance their careers.

Graduates might pursue positions in areas that include:

  • Education advocacy & consulting
  • Education policy
  • Education research