Ed D Curriculum And Instruction Special Education
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% Online with Optional Intensives
Transfer Credits
Up to 15 credit hours can be transferred to Liberty
Next Start Date
July 2, 2018
NCATE through CAEP

Make a Difference in the Lives of Children with Special Needs with an Online EdD in Curriculum and Instruction – Special Education Degree

Do you want to reach the pinnacle of achievement for advanced education studies? Liberty University’s online Doctor of Education (EdD) program provides all of the critically advanced education administration, research, curriculum development, learning theory skills and knowledge needed to help you make a positive impact on the world of education. Liberty University’s online EdD in Curriculum and Instruction – Special Education area of study will equip you for an advanced elementary, middle school, and high school special education teaching career, or enable you to take on a role in administrating special needs programs.

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Why Choose Liberty’s Online Doctorate in Education?

Liberty is among the 7% of universities who have earned the distinction as a Doctoral University through the Carnegie Foundation. Our Doctorate in Education online program will engage you with knowledgeable professionals in the field of education who will mentor you in your development as an advanced educator, administrator, and researcher. The EdD degree offers a robust theoretical framework that extends your teaching methods and theories to a higher order of application, allowing you to evaluate and address teaching challenges in K-12 institutions and at the university level. Unlike many doctoral programs, Liberty’s online EdD degree gives you the freedom to focus on your coursework at home and complete essential hands-on training with flexible scheduling that will meet your practical needs.

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When the superintendent of his local public school system retired, Liberty University Online graduate Dr. Richard J. Ney of New Jersey submitted his application for the position.

“After an intense round of interviews where I competed against a number of other qualified candidates, I was appointed superintendent and chief school administrator [in New Jersey]. I do not believe that I would have succeeded without having completed my doctoral studies at Liberty University.”

– Dr. Richard J. Ney, Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

What Will You Learn in the Ed.D. Program?

The core content of the online EdD online program will enhance your understanding of core educational concepts while giving you practical classroom management tools and helping you publish cutting-edge research. The online EdD degree advances your skills in Quantitative and Qualitative Methods of research, establishes Advanced Learning Theory and Research skills, and provides many other essential competencies for advanced educators.

The Special Education area of study builds on the advanced research, assessment, and development skills from the core course content to apply this understanding to solve practical problems in special needs education. Students in the Special Education area of study will not only study cutting-edge trends in educational technology and learning tools but will receive in-depth training in Organization and Design of Gifted Education Programs, as well as Educational Assessment for Special Needs. With additional important practical skills such as Behavior Management, students who complete the Special Education area of study will be equipped to assist in constructing, assessing, and improving effective learning environments for special needs children at any grade level.

Please note: Liberty University’s Special Education area of study is intended to assist in any K-12 teaching environment. However, Liberty University recommends that students add grade-specific licensure for better marketability if they do not already hold an initial license.

Liberty’s online EdD degree may be modified to fulfill initial teaching licensure requirements for Elementary, Middle Grades, Secondary, and Special Education. Students already with initial licensure who pursue the online EdD degree may also include requirements for advanced and add-on licensures. Please speak with an Admissions Counselor for more information about adding licensure-track requirements to the online EdD degree.

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What are the Benefits of the Online Doctorate in Education?

  • Completing an EdD degree gives you a terminal educational credential that shows employers that you have reached the pinnacle of your field’s achievement.
  • The Online Doctor of Education gives you the opportunity to include licensure-track requirements for initial licensure, advanced licensure, or add-on licensure to your current credentials.
  • Completing the EdD online program’s dissertation will allow you to make an impact in educational research that can be the basis for publications, curriculum material products, and other publishing opportunities.
  • With the online EdD degree’s on-campus intensives, you can be confident that your skills and knowledge have been tested in a hands-on environment that will set you apart from fully online graduates.

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Program Highlights

Degree Information

Military Benefits
Potential Careers
Admission Requirements

Highlights of the Ed.D. Online Program

  • By earning your EdD online from a non-profit university whose online programs ranked in the top five of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you will be set apart from others in your field.
  • You will learn how to create and administer effective educational environments.
  • You will develop educational management skills and foster leadership in teachers and students.
  • Optional intensives allow you to meet peers and professors while developing your writing and research for your final dissertation phase.
  • You can complete Liberty’s EdD online 3-year program that includes an integrated Dissertation process that allows you to work toward your final research project while completing your coursework.

    You may also be interested in the online Education Specialist (Ed.S.) Degree.

Doctor of Education Online – Special Education Degree Information

  • This program falls under the School of Education.
  • Download and review the Degree Completion Plan
  • View the Doctoral Advising Guide for more information about the research, optional intensives, and dissertation project.
  • View the Graduate Course Syllabi (login required).
  • An education background check is required for all courses beyond EDUC 701.
  • Please note that some states may have additional steps and requirements for licensure.
  • The School of Education is accredited by NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) through CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) as an education preparation provider (EPP) 

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Military Benefits

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students from all over the world. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey. As a thank you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $275 for graduate (per credit hour)
  • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as an Emergency Responder (less than $625 per course).
  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times

Potential Career Options for Ed.D Graduates with the Special Education Focus

  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Instructional Supervisor
  • School Administrator
  • Special Education Teacher
  • College Administrator/ Instructor
  • Superintendent 



Admission Requirements for Our Online Ed.D. Degree

A regionally or nationally accredited master’s degree with a 3.0 or above GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our Admission Requirements Page for more detailed admissions related information.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission Application
  • Application fee*
  • Statement of Purpose (login required)
  • Official college transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during financial check-in. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.