Doctor of Education in Special Education

Make an Even Bigger Difference in Special Education

You help special education students exceed their limits every day. Now it’s your turn. An Ed.D in Special Education will help you go beyond your current career limits with knowledge and leadership skills to help you achieve your greatest goals. This degree will help you develop skills in hands-on student work; instructing teachers; leading a school; or advocating for and partnering with families, teachers, principals and service providers to make sure students and staff receive the right support.

Earning your Doctor of Education in Special Education challenges you to hone your skills through self-reflection, analysis and best practices used to solve real problems in the workplace through practical application. Lead the way in a variety of settings, including direct service agencies, advocacy and policy organizations, and research institutes.

If your career interests involve more hands-on administrative or instructional leadership than dedicated research work, the Ed.D. is likely a better match to your goals than a Ph.D.

Graduates with a Doctor of Education in Special Education have built rewarding careers as special education teachers, university professors, mental/health/social services providers, and school or district office education administrators.

Who Should Apply

  • Practicing teachers, administrators, human service professionals, mental and healthcare providers and others working with individuals with disabilities.
  • Master’s degree graduates seeking their doctoral degree and deeper expertise in special education.
  • Candidates considering a traditional or online Ph.D. in special education who want to explore Ed.D. program benefits.

Take the next steps to success. Apply for NSU’s Ed.D. in Special Education.

Quick Facts

Tuition for the degree program is $1,330 per credit hour.
NSU’s Ed.D. in Special Education is a minimum of 54 total credits to complete. Download the program brochure.
Delivery Options
Coursework for the Doctor of Education in Special Education is conducted entirely online, allowing you to earn your degree without work disruption or long commutes.
Application Deadlines
Applications for admission are accepted online and on a rolling basis for all graduate programs throughout the calendar year.

Earning Potential

Special Education Instructor $57,910 Average Salary Per Year

6% Projected Employment Growth

K-12 Principal $92,510 Average Salary Per Year

6% Projected Employment Growth

College or University Professor $75,430 Average Salary Per Year

13% Projected Employment Growth

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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