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.
This program requires three on-campus dissertation seminars.
For current K-12 professionals interested in extending their education with a graduate degree. Capella University education programs do not lead to initial teacher licensure.
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
- A teaching experience verification form that indicates your appropriate professional experience and license or endorsement in special education
Capella University's Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) is accredited based on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards through 2024.