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Ph.D. in Education: Special Education

Special Education


The Ph.D. in Education: Special Education available through Liberty University Online is a sixty-hour program designed to provide advanced training in research, leadership, and curriculum development as it relates to the special needs of those who have disabilities. Whether your goal is to work in school leadership, K-12 education, business, or state/federal government, this Ph.D. program is an excellent option to help you meet your career goals.

See the Ph.D. in Education: Special Education degree at Liberty University Online

Framework and Dispositions

The mission of the School of Education at Liberty University is to develop competent professionals with a biblical worldview for Christian, public, and private schools. The faculty of the School of Education has delineated the dispositions that must be observable in each candidate of our programs at all levels:

  • Displays a sense of social responsibility,
  • Demonstrates commitment/work ethic,
  • Demonstrates reflective practice,
  • Displays personal integrity, and
  • Displays professionalism.


  • 3.0 GPA
  • Field Experiences: EDUC 817
    • Elective courses may also require field experiences.
  • Dissertation
    • All non-dissertation coursework must be completed before starting EDUC 980.
    • Candidates must defend the dissertation proposal within the first three attempts of EDUC 988. Candidates must defend the dissertation within six attempts of EDUC 989.
    • Starting with EDUC 980, candidates must continuously enroll in dissertation coursework until the final defense. Candidates who break enrollment will be required to re-apply.

Degree Completion Plan & Course Sequencing Guide

Transfer Credit

View the doctoral transfer policies here. Dissertation courses are not eligible to be transferred.

Handbooks and Forms

Licensure Information

This program does not lead to state licensure or certification. Candidates in this program are not eligible to pursue a student teaching or internship semester.