PhDs in Education & Training

Special Education

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Ph. D. Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) - Special Education

Do you aspire to drive transformative educational change in your institution and community? Designed for practitioners and administrators from P-12 to higher education, Walden University’s online Doctor of Education (EdD) program offers flexibility and choices to meet your needs—even if those needs change along the way.

Ph. D. Education - Early Childhood Special Education

Walden’s Ph.D. in Education program offers educators and administrators the opportunity to grow as scholars and innovators in higher education. Gain access to distinguished faculty members, ongoing support, and three learning formats, depending on your chosen specialization. Conduct original research in your area of interest, deepen your research skills, and prepare to contribute as an education leader, administrator, faculty member, or policymaker.

PhD Rehabilitation and Special Education

Through a combination of coursework and clinical experience our graduate programs in Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology help students develop the tools they need to address psychological, social, and environmental barriers to educational achievement and personal development.

Ph. D. Special Education

The Special Education Ed.D. program, offered through Special Education, Counseling, and Student Affairs, is directed by a minimum of five members of the university graduate faculty, including a major professor with substantial expertise in the area of emphasis, two other faculty with strengths in the area of emphasis, one faculty member outside the student's specialization, and one faculty member, appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School, from another department within the College of Education who serves as the chair of the examination committee for the oral defense of the dissertation.

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Special education is directed towards students with special needs or with disabilities such as: communication challenges, learning challenges, physical disabilities, emotional or mental disorders, behavioural disorders or intellectual giftedness. Special education differs from the regular type of education through the format and the delivery of the knowledge that are both designed in such a way that suits the particular needs of the student that is involved in the process.

Students of special education learn about specific instructional strategies and about alternative teaching methods that suit the category of students that the education addresses. They will develop skills like: creativity – as they will have to apply creative ideas in learning activities, good interpersonal skills, the ability to identify emotions and physical and psychological needs in order to adapt or change teaching strategy. Special education students are desirable to have native qualities, such as: patience, intuition, understanding, flexibility and adaptability.

The typical career paths for graduates of special education degree are: special education teacher, special education counsellor, social/child care worker, teacher assistant, instructional coordinator, occupational therapist.

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