Ed.D. In Curriculum & Instruction – Special Education
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Years (Avg.)
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100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 15 credit hours
Next Start Date
Jan 13, 2020
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.

Through cutting-edge research, educational technology, and curriculum development tools, our online Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction – Special Education degree will prepare you to tackle challenges in special education and help children with special needs find the support they need to reach their potential.

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.

As a terminal degree, our online doctorate in education will provide many new opportunities to students currently holding licensure, seeking advanced or add-on licensure, or who are working in a field that does not require licensure. Students who earn a Doctor in Education through our online Ed.D. degree will receive a credential accredited by NCATE through CAEP and will complete a doctoral capstone project that will demonstrate specialized research applied to education practice.

What are the Benefits of Our Online Doctorate in Education?

  • Completing an Ed.D. degree gives you a terminal educational credential that shows employers that you have reached the pinnacle of your field’s achievement.
  • Our 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 Ed.D. online program’s capstone project will allow you to make an impact in educational practice that can be the basis for publications, curriculum material products, and other publishing opportunities.
  • The online Ed.D. degree’s optional on-campus intensives give you the opportunity to test your skills and knowledge in a hands-on environment that will set you apart from fully online graduates.

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. 

The special education area of study uses these advanced research, assessment, and development skills to solve practical problems in special needs education. In the Ed.D. in special education degree program, you will not only examine developing trends in educational technology and learning tools, but you will also study the organization and design of gifted education programs and educational assessment for special needs students and programs.

Our online Ed.D. 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 Ed.D. 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 Ed.D. degree.

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.

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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 capstone project 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 capstone 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 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • 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

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.