Doctor of Education in Special Education
West Virginia University

Program Details

West Virginia University offers an online Doctor of Education degree in Special Education. This degree helps teachers assume greater roles and responsibilities within public and private schools to help with gifted and special needs students. Using technologies, professional methods, and policies, students gain competence in teaching special education students and helping them succeed.


  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0
  • Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in Special Education or Gifted Education with a minimum GPA of 3.25 out of 4.0
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) TOTAL (verbal plus quantitative) score within a 7-year period of 1000 total (old) or 300 (new) with minimum verbal 450 (old) or 155 (new) and minimum analytical 4.5
  • Documentation of state teaching certification in some area of special education or gifted education
  • Minimum of two full years of documented experience providing instruction as a public school teacher of students with exceptionalities in grades PreK-12
  • Personal goal statement illustrating a lifelong commitment to excellence in special education and/or gifted education, and articulating specific research interests and clear career goals focused on a leadership position in special education
  • Academic writing sample documenting knowledge of special education/gifted education, skill in organizing and expressing ideas, and appropriate citations of current sources in the professional literature
  • Three letters of reference supporting academic ability and professional commitment from professionals currently working in special education or gifted education
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended

Special Accreditation

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

School Accreditation Statement

Higher Learning Commission