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Doctor of Education / Special Education

Program Details

Walden’s online Doctor of Education (EdD) degree program is designed specifically for educators, administrators, and leaders working in P–12, early childhood, or higher education who want to continue making a difference to improve student learning. The specialization in Special Education can position you to advance as a leader in school districts, communities, institutions of higher education, and the profession. 

Coursework in this program focuses on your professional growth while increasing your comprehensive understanding of the critical trends and issues impacting special education today. You will have the opportunity to engage in real-world case-study scenarios that require collaborative problem solving and the implementation of research-based strategies to master program outcomes. This program culminates in a scholarly capstone project focused on problems of practice related to special education as well as effecting positive social change.

Note: This program does not lead to teacher licensure or certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.


Students will be required to attend one face-to-face residency.

  • Must have a master's degree or higher
  • Official transcripts
  • Materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply

Accreditation & Licensing

The Higher Learning Commission

Walden University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) for a period of 7 years, from 2012 to 2019. In 2013, NCATE merged with the Teacher Education Accreditation Council to form the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Walden University is eligible for and will seek accreditation based on CAEP standards beginning in fall 2018.