Online Doctorate

of Education in

Special Education

Frequently Asked Questions

If you aim to be a special education leader who applies research-based knowledge to facilitate change that improves educational opportunities and outcomes for students with disabilities, the online Ed.D. in Special Education at the University of Florida may be for you!

The Online Ed.D. in Special Education is designed as a part-time degree program for practicing educators so that participants are able to balance a full-time work schedule with graduate school. Most of our students complete their degree in approximately four years, although programs may vary in duration. Our courses provide both structure and flexibility that allow you to study and meet deadlines in a time frame that works for you.

The campus-based Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program is designed for those preparing to be college and university faculty and researchers in other contexts. The online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program is designed to prepare expert practitioners and educational leaders. Both programs offer students opportunities to work with and learn from our world-class faculty.

While the all of your coursework will be completed online, students are required to be on campus for qualifying exams and dissertation defense.

Participants will be responsible for tuition, books, travel, housing (for on-campus obligations), and application fees (including GRE testing). Students can anticipate taking a minimum of 60 credit hours for program completion. Tuition costs per credit hour can be found here.

Federal financial aid may be available in the form of grants and loans. Please visit UF’s Student Financial Aid site at for more information on how to apply.

The Special Education a four-year program requiring a minimum of 90 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree (up to 30 credits of previous relevant coursework may apply).

Students must complete the five required special education courses, the required research methodology courses, and coursework in the student’s area(s) of specialization.

Special Education core courses: 15 credits
Research methodology: Minimum of 12 credits
Area of specialization: Minimum of 12 credits (depending on the area of specialization)
Dissertation work: 20 credits

The Graduate School at the University of Florida allows up to 30 graduate credit hours taken at other universities within the last seven years to count toward your UF degree at the discretion of the supervisory committee.

Back to Online Ed.D. Home