Return to: Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
This specialization examines trends, issues, consultation/collaboration, and instructional practices in special education. The curriculum, aligned with the Council for Exceptional Children’s Advanced Role Content Standards, allows students to focus their studies on systemic practices or issues in the field and specialized practices for particular areas of exceptionality. Coursework explores adaptive and assistive technology, collaborative instruction between regular and special educators, school-wide interventions, culturally responsive assessment, and training of special education teachers. The coursework culminates in a doctoral study that focuses on a real-world issue in schools or organizations. (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 Ed.D. 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 Ed.D. in Education with a specialization in Special Education are listed below.
At the end of this program, graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate mastery of key concepts through scholarly writing and project completion, for legal and ethical policy that supports high quality education for individuals with exceptional learning needs.
- Demonstrate mastery of key concepts through scholarly writing and project completion, to serve in a leadership capacity by creating procedures that respect all individuals and positive and productive work environments.
- Demonstrate mastery of key concepts through scholarly writing and project completion, for the use of evidence-based practices for instructional programs at the school and system levels.
- Demonstrate mastery of key concepts through scholarly writing and project completion, and the use of educational research to improve instructional and intervention techniques and materials.
- Demonstrate the importance of an environment that supports instructional improvement by engaging in and developing a scholarly response to a local educational problem in a doctoral project study informed by a critical review of related, relevant research and theoretical frameworks, collecting and analyzing data, and resulting in a project or product that will ameliorate the problem.
- Demonstrate mastery of key concepts through scholarly writing and project completion, of the legal rights of students, families, and personnel.
- Plan, present, and evaluate professional development that focuses on effective practice, including expertise to support student access to learning through effective teaching strategies, curriculum standards, and assistive technology.
- Demonstrate mastery of key concepts, through scholarly writing and project completion, the importance of collaboration in special education, and the integration of services for individuals with exceptionalities.
- 60 total semester credit hours
- Foundation course (6 sem. cr.)
- Applied Research course (6 sem. cr.)
- Core courses (30 sem. cr.)
- Project study (6 sem. cr.)
- Doctoral study intensive (a minimum of 12 sem. cr.)
- One 3-day academic residency
- Minimum 10 semesters enrollment; time to completion varies per candidate