Mar 22, 2018
Return to: Doctor of Education (EdD)–School of Higher Education, Leadership, and Policy
Through this EdD specialization, educators focus on advancing their professional growth while increasing their comprehensive understanding of the critical trends and issues impacting special education today. Educators have the opportunity to engage in case-study scenarios drawn from real life, which require collaborative problem solving and the implementation of research-based strategies to master program outcomes. Educators culminate this program with the creation of a scholarly capstone project that is focused on problems of practice related to special education as well as effecting positive social change.
The curriculum is informed by the Council for Exceptional Children’s Advanced Preparation Standards and focuses on key issues in the field of special education, such as leadership and policy, program development and assessment, collaboration, and ethical practice.
(This program does not lead to certification or licensure.)
The Council for Exceptional Children’s (CEC) Advanced Role Content Standards address six different areas that provide the groundwork for and inform the EdD in Education with a specialization in Special Education. Walden has written learning outcomes for the program that are based on the CEC (SPA) standards but rewritten specifically for these courses with measurement language. Learning outcomes for the EdD in Education with a specialization in Special Education are listed below.
At the end of this program, graduates will be able to:
- Evaluate policies surrounding ethical and legal practices that support high quality education for individuals with diverse educational, behavioral, emotional, and cultural learning needs.
- Implement valid research-based assessment measures to facilitate learning and behavioral interventions for individuals with diverse educational, behavioral, emotional, and cultural learning needs.
- Evaluate special education programs, including the integration of related services (e.g., assistive technology, behavioral intervention, transition, inclusion), for individuals with exceptionalities based upon an understanding of individual differences.
- Apply research-based strategies to improve data decision making, supports, and services for individuals with diverse educational, behavioral, emotional, and cultural learning needs
- Facilitate the continuous improvement of education programs/supports/services for individuals with exceptionalities.
- Effectively collaborate with stakeholders to improve outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities and their families.
- Design research to address a special education problem and contribute to the profession.
- 76 total quarter credits
- Foundation course (5 cr.)
- Research courses (15 cr.)
- Specialization courses (30 cr.)
- Doctoral support courses (6 cr.)
- Compleing the Doctoral Capstone (a minimum of 20 cr.)
- One face-to-face academic residency
Curriculum (76 total cr.)
Foundation Course (5 cr.)
Research Courses (15 cr.)
Doctoral Support Courses (6 cr.)
Specialization Courses (30 cr.)
- Complete the EdD required residency face-to-face by the end of Term 3.
- Optional: Complete an EdD Advanced residency face-to-face or virtual in Term 7 or later, including if you are enrolled in EDDD 8900 or EDDD 8990.
- Optional: Complete an EdD Doctoral Study Intensive retreat face-to-face during EDDD 8990. Contact Academic Advising to register.
Completing the Doctoral Capstone (minimum of 20 cr.)
Students will be registered for two courses every 11 weeks, following the completion of their foundation course. Students who wish to reduce their course load during one or more terms should contact their academic advisor.
Note on Certification
This program is not intended to lead to teacher certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.