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.
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Program Accreditation & Licensing
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
School Accreditation & Licensing
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the regional accrediting body for southern states.
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationMaster Degree
Recommended GPA3.0 or above (4.0 scale)
Official College Transcript(s), Statement of Purpose/Intent