Ed.D. In Curriculum And Instruction Special Education Online
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% Online with Optional Intensives
Transfer Credits
Up to 15 credit hours of the Degree Total can be Transferred to Liberty
Next Start Date
Aug 19, 2019
NCATE through CAEP

Impact the Lives of Extraordinary Children with Our Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction – Special Education Degree

You want to expand your knowledge so you can better reach all of your students, and our online Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction – Special Education degree program provides the advanced education administration, research, curriculum development, and learning theory skills you need to make a positive impact on the world of education. Our online Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction – Special Education degree will equip you for an advanced elementary, middle school, and high school special education teaching career, or enable you to become an administrator of a special needs program.

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Why Choose Liberty’s Online Doctorate in Special Education?

At Liberty, we are among 7% of universities who have earned distinction as a doctoral university through the Carnegie Foundation. Our doctorate in education online program will provide you with knowledgeable professionals in the field of education who will mentor you in your development as an advanced educator, administrator, and researcher. Our Ed.D. degree offers a robust theoretical framework that will help you evaluate and address teaching challenges in K-12 and higher education institutions. Unlike many doctoral programs, Liberty’s online Ed.D. 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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Student Testimonial

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 Our Online Ed.D. in Special Education Curriculum and Instruction Degree Program?

The core content of our Ed.D. in Special Education online degree program will enhance your understanding of essential educational concepts while giving you practical classroom management tools and helping you publish cutting-edge research. The special education area of study for our online Ed.D. 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. Earning your education doctorate degree will help you learn new tools you can practically adapt for your students whether you serve in school administration, curriculum development, or the classroom.

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Degree Info

Military Benefits
Potential Careers
Admission Requirements

Our Ed.D. in Special Education Online Program Highlights

  • By earning your Ed.D. degree from a nonprofit university whose online programs ranked in the top 1% 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.
  • Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 4 years – and counting.
  • In our online Ed.D. degree program, you will develop educational management skills that will help you foster leadership in teachers and students.
  • Optional intensives allow you to meet peers and professors in your online Ed.D. program while developing your writing and research for your final dissertation phase.
  • You can complete our Ed.D. degree program online in as little as three years.

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

Doctor of Special Education Online Degree Program Information

  • This Ed.D. program falls under the School of Education.
  • Download and review the Degree Completion Plan.
  • View the Doctoral Advising Guide for more information about research, optional intensives, and your dissertation project.
  • View the Ed.D. degree’s online 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 Educator Preparation Provider (EPP).

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Military Benefits of the Ed.D. – Special Education Online Program 

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 a First Responder (less than $625 per course).
  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times

Potential Careers with an Ed.D. Degree in Special Education

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

As a graduate of our online Ed.D. degree in special education, you will be able to conduct advanced research and content development in an academic setting, for third-party curriculum development companies, and for K-12 districts. You may also be able to use your Ed.D. degree to teach undergraduate and often graduate-level college students.

Admission Requirements for Our Online Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction – Special Education Degree Program

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*
  • 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.