Doctor of Philosophy in Education / Early Childhood Special Education
Walden University

Program Details

Help prepare the next generation of early intervention special needs educators with this PhD in Education focusing on Early Childhood Special Education. The program follows the Council for Exceptional Children’s advanced professional early childhood preparation standards.

Students of this online Special Education degree will explore key research issues including leadership and policy, program development and assessment, collaboration, evidence-based practices, and ethical practice. A special focus identifies and addresses gaps in research that can increase the effectiveness of early childhood special educators. Real-world case studies allow students to problem solve, investigate, and implement research-based strategies.

Classes examine topics including the following:

  • Child development in the critical early years
  • Leading change in special education
  • Special education theory and practice
  • Effective practices in early childhood special education

% Online

Mostly Online

Program Accreditation & Licensing

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

School Accreditation & Licensing

Walden University is accredited by:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Master Degree

Application Requirements

Official College Transcript(s), Resume/CV

Additional Info

  • This program requires four residencies.

Restricted States

New York, Rhode Island