Doctor of Philosophy in Special Education
Clemson University

Program Details

You can make a difference for your students with disabilities with Clemson’s Doctor of Philosophy in Special Education. The online coursework follows a synchronous format.

The special education faculty provide diverse, individualized approaches to enhance each participant’s studies. Graduates appreciate their increased marketability for positions in leadership and higher education.

This online special education doctoral program emphasizes research. Besides taking statistics, students delve into qualitative research methods, single-subject research design, and evidence-based research in instructional design and delivery.

Other topics of study include:

  • Learning disabilities
  • Emotional/behavioral disorders
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Legal trends in special education

Learning Pace


Learning Schedule


% Online

100% Online

School Accreditation & Licensing

Clemson University is accredited by:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Master Degree

Recommended GPA

3.5 or above (4.0 scale)

Admission Tests

GMAT, GRE, Proof of English Language Proficiency (International Students)

Application Requirements

Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose/Intent

Additional Info

  • Requires a minimum of two years teaching experience or equivalent