Doctor - Education: Special Education

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The Doctor of Education program in Special Education at Northcentral University centers around courses and material meant to help you get an idea of what to expect should you pursue an advanced education career path in special education. Read on to find out more about this program today.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The Doctor of Education program in Special Education at Northcentral University is focused on helping you understand the sort of environment you may have the opportunity to work in, and also what will be required of you in a special education related career. The courses are designed to teach you about different research methods and educate you about issues that may arise when working with special needs students. You will also have the chance to select a number of different electives so that you can study more in areas that you find particularly valuable or interesting. To graduate from this program, you will be required to pass a doctoral exam and write and present an applied doctoral dissertation.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Based on the sensitive nature of this sort of work and education, you should have a patient way with others and a desire to help people learn. You should already have a background in education that you wish to expand upon and improve through taking these courses. You will be required to have a master's degree prior to applying to this program at Northcentral University.

What Are the Course Requirements?

To graduate from this program you will be required to complete 54 credit hours. Of those credit hours, 6 will be from foundational courses, 18 will be from specialization courses, 15 will be from research courses, 3 will be from an examination course and the final 12 will be from dissertation courses.

Courses for a Doctor of Education in Special Education

Course CodeCourse Name
Required Foundational Courses
EDU7101-8 Foundations for Graduate Study in Education
EDU7001-8 Advanced Scholarly Writing
Specialization Courses
Select 6 courses from the following:
SE7000-8 Introduction to the Exceptional Student
SE7001-8 Assessment in Special Education
SE7002-8 Learning Disabled Student
SE7003-8 Emotionally Disabled Student
SE7004-8 Developing Curriculum for the Mentally Disabled
SE7005-8 Law in Special Education
SE7006-8 Teaching Strategies in Special Education
SE7007-8 Managing the Exceptional Student
SE7008-8 Language Disabilities
SE7009-8 Transitioning the Exceptional Student
Research Courses
EDU7002-8 Educational Research Methodology
EDU7003-8 Statistics I
EDU7702-8 Research Design (Methods Course 1)
EDU7005-8 Qualitative Methods (EdD only) (Methods Course 2)
EDU7707-8 Planning Dissertation Research in Education
Examination Course
CMP9400E Doctoral Comprehensive Examination
Dissertation Courses
DIS9401E Doctoral Dissertation Research I
DIS9402E Doctoral Dissertation Research II
DIS9403E Doctoral Dissertation Research III
DIS9404E Doctoral Dissertation Research IV

What Could I Do After Graduation?

Career Opportunities

After graduating, you may be able to use your skills and knowledge to seek out work that suits your interests and abilities. You could work with students, as a leader with other teachers, or more in a research and writing capacity.

Possible career paths include but are not limited to:

  • Teacher
  • Tutor
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Principal
  • Education Researcher
  • Educational Materials Designer