Program Overview

This program is not designed for teacher certification, licensure or endorsement.

Augment your ability to oversee and advocate for the growing number of students who need special education services, while contributing to the field through your own doctoral research, with Capella's online PhD in Special Education Leadership degree program. Capella is an accredited and nationally recognized university and our academic offerings are professionally aligned.

The online PhD in Special Education Leadership program is part of Capella's Professional Education Unit, which has been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This online specialization is nationally recognized by the Council of Exceptional Children. It provides a strong foundation in general K-12 educational administration, along with coursework that places a high priority on special education administration, instructional strategies, law, and finance.

Take the most direct path to your PhD in special education leader—Capella's online course room ensures that your schedule is designed around your life, and our online learning experiences allow you to take classes anywhere, and at any time.

Your PhD in Special Education Leadership program includes 4 integrated components: online coursework, in-person experiences (called residencies), comprehensive exams, and dissertation. Each facet of your education builds on the others to take you through your program and to your goal of a PhD.

With your online PhD in Special Education Leadership from Capella, you'll facilitate the development of a shared vision of learning for special education, promote the success of all persons, lead the development of a culture of learning, and manage effective learning environments in special education.

Common jobs with an online PhD in Special Education Leadership include director of special education, supervisor of school psychologist or speech and language service, disabilities and mental health services manager, state or federal grant coordinator or faculty member. Potential workplaces include: K–12 public or private school, state department of education agency, federal department of education agency, land-based or online college or university, or educational consulting firm.

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. 

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: Mostly Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    • Higher Learning Commission: www.hlcommission.org.
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    The Professional Education Unit (PEU) at Capella University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), www.ncate.org. This accreditation covers advanced educator preparation programs at Capella University. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to K–12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.

    Requirements

    Your program of enrollment determines the admission requirements. 

    Basic requirements for all programs:

    • Admission application and non-refundable $50 application fee
    • Acknowledgement agreement
    • All applicants must understand, read, speak, and write fluently in English
    • Official transcript(s) from previous institutions for degree and post-degree coursework, if applicable
    • Minimum GPA as defined by your program

    Minimum level of education required:

    • Master's Degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency or an internationally recognized institution
    • Grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
    • Three years of licensed teaching experience
    • A certification or license in special education
    • Admission to the Special Education Leadership specialization requires learners to complete and submit the Capella University School of Education Teaching Experience Verification form

    Restrictions

    This program is restricted in the following state: Arkansas

    School Overview

    An accredited online university, Capella University offers bachelor’s, master’s/MBA, doctoral, and certificate programs designed to take you to the forefront of your profession. Our competency-based curriculum delivers both foundational knowledge and real-world skills, so that what you’re learning in your courses is immediately applicable to your career goals.

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    Online flexibility and personalized support 
    At Capella, online learning means you can take your courseroom anywhere, learning when and where it fits your life. And if you need backup, support services are available every step of the way.

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