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Doctor of Education - Special Education

Walden University's online Doctor of Education with a specialization in Special Education program is designed to teach educators to develop the best programs and practices to enhance learning for students with exceptionalities. Learn more about Walden University's EdD program.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Education with a specialization in Special Education

School Offering Program:

Walden University

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Program Prerequisites:

Prospective students of the Doctor of Education with a specialization in Special Education program at Walden University should be educators or have demonstrated experience educating students with exceptionalities. Potential students should have strong skills in leadership, research, and communication. Applicants to the EdD with a specialization in Special Education program at Walden University must hold a master's degree from an accredited university with a minimum 3.0 GPA; some programs may have additional admission requirements.

Program Description:

The online Doctor of Education with a specialization in Special Education program at Walden University is designed to teach students how to assess programs and policies to find the best theories and practices to promote high-quality education for students with special needs. Students have the chance to explore services related to special education and how to integrate them effectively in diverse learning environments. Courses are created to help advance learners' research and communication skills to identify trends and implement inclusive strategies in special education. Students will also have the opportunity to apply skills learned in the program's face-to-face residency course. Learners may study subjects like designing specialized instruction, leading change in special education, research methodology, leading the future of education.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

79 credits.

Financial Aid:

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

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Required Courses for Doctor of Education with a specialization in Special Education:

The Doctor of Education with a specialization in Education program at Walden University includes 5 credits in foundation courses, 30 credits in specialization courses, and 15 credits in research courses. Students are also asked to do a residency, 9 credits in doctoral support courses, and a doctoral capstone. Upon admission to the doctoral program, students must complete a doctoral writing assessment. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Doctoral Writing Assessment (0 credits)

  • Students will be automatically enrolled upon admission to the following course:
    • Doctoral Writing Assessment

Foundation Courses (5 credits)

  • Students must take one of the following courses:
    • Leading the Future of Education
    • Leading the Future of Education (6-week version)

Research Courses (15 credits)

  • Research Theory, Design, and Methods
  • Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

Specialization Courses (30 credits)

  • Special Education: Exploring Theory and Practice
  • Leading Change in Special Education: Advocacy, Policy, and Law
  • Research Methodology for Special Education
  • Designing Specialized Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • Implementing Effective School-Wide Intervention Models
  • Sustaining and Supporting Effective Practices in Special Education

Residency Requirement

  • Students must complete one face-to-face residency by the end of Term 3:
    • EdD Residency

Doctoral Support Courses (9 credits)

  • Tools for Doctoral Research Success
  • Demystifying Doctoral Writing for Research
  • Completing the Prospectus

Doctoral Capstone (20 credits)

  • Students must enroll a minimum of 4 times continuously in the following course:
    • Completing the Doctoral Capstone

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Graduates with a Doctor of Education with a specialization in Special Education from Walden University should be able to exhibit advanced leadership and research skills to meet the diverse needs of students with differences in learning. Graduates could work in several settings including government, school administration, healthcare, and non-profit. Graduates may be interested in the following career paths:

  • Teacher PreK-12 / Higher Education
  • Education administrator
  • Training manager
  • Director of instruction / education

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