Doctor of Education / Special Education
Northcentral University

Program Details

Northcentral University knows that the need for well prepared educational leader practitioners has never been greater. The Doctor of Education (EdD) degree program has evolved to the terminal degree of choice for educational leaders. This is true for teacher leaders, administrators, instructional leaders, experts in education technology, organizational leaders and education professionals beyond the classroom.

The EdD program attracts students who have leadership responsibility for providing learning/training to others, whether they be in colleges, PK-12 schools, proprietary organizations, private and public businesses, or the military.

In the Doctor of Education in Special Education at Northcentral University, you will investigate specific court and legal cases, federal mandates, case studies, and application opportunities related to the six pillars of Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA). Student placement, service delivery requirements, discipline, appropriate educational decisions, family rights, and privacy issues will be addressed, and you will explore challenging legal issues facing current administrators of special education programs, especially preparation for due process hearings as well as manifestation determination meetings. 

As an EdD in Special Education graduate, you will be prepared to utilize your knowledge and skills in pursuit of various careers, such as a school district administrator of special education programs or a university position preparing special education students at initial certification or advanced levels.


  • Admission to the Doctor of Education program requires a conferred post-baccalaureate master’s degree and/or doctoral degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution
  • Send your official transcripts from other schools you attended

School Accreditation Statement

NCU is a WSCUC accredited institution. WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, WSCUC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).