2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) 
    
    Oct 20, 2019  
2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education (EdD)


Return to: Doctor of Education (EdD)–School of Education and Professional Licensure  

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.

Learning Outcomes


At the end of this program, educator professionals will be able to:

  1. Evaluate policies surrounding ethical and legal practices that support high-quality education for individuals with diverse educational, behavioral, emotional, and cultural learning needs.
  2. Implement valid research-based assessment measures to facilitate learning and behavioral interventions for individuals with diverse educational, behavioral, emotional, and cultural learning needs.
  3. 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.
  4. Apply research-based strategies to improve data decision-making, support, and services for individuals with diverse educational, behavioral, emotional, and cultural learning needs.
  5. Facilitate the continuous improvement of education programs/support/services for individuals with exceptionalities.
  6. Effectively collaborate with stakeholders to improve outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities and their families.
  7. Design research to address a special education problem and contribute to the profession.

Degree Requirements


  • Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
  • Foundation course (5 cr.)
  • Research courses (15 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (30 cr.)
  • Completion of the Doctoral Study
    • Doctoral support courses (6 cr.)
    • Completing the Doctoral Capstone (5 cr. per term until completion)
  • One 3-day academic residency
  • ePortfolio

Curriculum


Completion of the Doctoral Capstone


Completing the Doctoral Capstone (5 cr. per term; taken continuously until completion)


  • EDDD 8990 - Completing the Doctoral Capstone
  • Students take this course for a minimum of four terms and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Doctoral Study with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

    To complete a doctoral study, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

Course Sequence


Quarter Course Credits
1   OR   (6-week version) 5 cr.
2    5 cr.
   5 cr.
3    5 cr.
   2 cr.
4    5 cr.
   5 cr.
5    5 cr.
   5 cr.
6    5 cr.
   5 cr.
7+    2 cr.
 * 5 cr. per term until completion

*Students take this course for a minimum of four terms and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Doctoral Study with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a doctoral study, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

Note on Teacher Licensure or Certification


This program does not lead to teacher licensure or certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

Prospective Alabama students: State Authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P–12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate. Applicants who complete an educator preparation program at a non-Alabama institution must apply for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate through the Alabama Certificate Reciprocity Approach. Current requirements may be found at www.alsde.edu.