Doctor of Philosophy in Education / Special Education
Liberty University

Program Details

Liberty’s 100% online Ph.D. in Education – Special Education is an advanced research-focused doctoral degree that is designed to equip students for teaching and administration of special education programs. With an emphasis on original research, the Ph.D. in Education provides students with a path to academic authority by demonstrating the ability to address highly advanced problems in special education assessment, teaching methods, and educator instruction. The Special Education specialization provides a balanced approach to learning theory and best practices that will assist teachers and administrators with creating effective special education curriculum, teaching models, classroom environments, and progress assessment methods for K-12 and higher education programs. With the research, analysis, and writing process built into the Ph.D. in Education’s three-year track with the integrated dissertation, students will complete original research in a topic of advanced education leadership of their choice. This research will help establish students as authorities and masters of the most cutting-edge special education methods and research. The Ph.D. in Education – Special Education will equip students for careers in the highest levels of leadership in K-12 school systems and higher education for special education programs. As an expert in special education teaching and training, students will also be well-equipped for high-level roles in other industries that seek to serve special needs in communities worldwide.


  • Official college transcripts
  • Master's degree with a 3.0 GPA from an institution that is accredited by an agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Statement of Purpose

Special Accreditation

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

School Accreditation Statement

Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. This is the regional accrediting body for southern states.