Online Doctorate

of Education in

Special Education


Completion of a sequence of five doctoral seminars is required of all doctoral students in the Special Education program area. These courses are designed to provide the foundational knowledge required of leaders in the field.

  • Historical and Theoretical Foundations of Disability in Education
  • Inquiry in Special Education
  • School Improvement
  • Collaborative Practice in Inclusive Schools
  • Instructional Coaching
  • Proposal Development

A grade of B or higher must be earned in all required coursework. An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted must also be maintained. See the Graduate Student Handbook for more information about these requirements.

All doctoral students in the College of Education must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of research methodology coursework to meet the college-wide requirement for preparation in research methodology.

Programs and supervisory committees have the discretion to require more than 12 hours of research methodology courses. The courses used to meet these additional requirements are not subject to review by the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies.

All students admitted to the online Ed.D. program will select an area of specialization. Areas of specialization may include dyslexia, autism, disability in society, and others. Students will choose a specialization area in collaboration with their advisor.

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