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Education Specialist in Special Education

Program Details

The Education Specialist (EdS) program emphasizes an applied, project based approach to development of appreciable improvements in the body of educational practice. The EdS attracts individuals who are primarily professionals either at the K-12 level or the higher education level (i.e., enrollment managers, superintendents, principals, teacher leaders, and education faculty who primarily teach - not do research, educational consultants, trainers in organizations). The EdS capstone focuses on solving a problem in the workplace or in the professional field of education and results in a "product" or solution. This degree is also intended to help students increase their own workplace Leadership Skills.

The world needs educators and administrators of special education programs who can successfully implement the six pillars of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA). The Education Specialist degree in Special Education at Northcentral University will prepare you to face the challenging legal issues confronting current administrators of special education programs. 
As you work through the Special Education EdS courses, you will explore essential topics related to special education, including student placement, service delivery requirements, discipline, appropriate educational decisions, family rights, and privacy issues. You will also learn how to prepare for due process hearings and manifestation determination meetings.


  • Admission to the program requires a conferred post-baccalaureate master’s degree and/or doctoral degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission,Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission


This degree is not authorized for residents of Arkansas.