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, 24 will be from foundational courses, 15 will be from specialization 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 NumberCourse Title
Required Courses
EDU 8000Foundations for Graduate Study in Education
EDU 8001Advanced Scholarly Writing
EDR 8200Scholarly Literature Review
EDR 8203Research Methods
EDR 8201Statistics I
EDR 8204Advanced Qualitative Design and Measurement
EDR 8205Advanced Quantitative Design and Measurement
One additional Specialization or Elective Course
Specialization Courses
Select five courses from the following:
SE 7000 Introduction to the Exceptional Student
SE 7001Assessment in Special Education
SE 7002Characteristics of Student with Specific Learning Disabilities
SE 7003Characteristics of Students with Emotional and/or Behavioral Disorders
SE 7004Characteristics of Students with Intellectual Disabilities
SE 7005Law in Special Education
Examination Course
CMP 9700E Doctoral Comprehensive Assessment: Pre-Candidacy Prospectus
Dissertation Courses
DIS 9901A Components of the Dissertation
DIS 9902AThe Dissertation Proposal
DIS 9903AInstitutional Review Board (IRB) and Data Collection
DIS 9904AThe Dissertation Manuscript and Defense

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