Have a Hand in Shaping the Future of Special Education

Do more for those who depend on you.

You help special education students exceed their limits every day. Now it’s your turn to do the same. With an Ed.D in Special Education from NSU, bring new knowledge and leadership skills to hands-on student work.

Instruct teachers. Lead a school. Partner with families, teachers, principals and service providers to deliver the right support. This program focuses on helping you understand and address these real-world, practical workplace challenges.

The Ed.D. program is a better match than a Ph.D. for educators who want to focus on hands-on implementation versus research work. Our graduates build rewarding careers as special education teachers, university professors, mental/health/social services providers, and school or district office education administrators.

Options: Graduate With or Without a Dissertation

We now offer an alternate opportunity that allows students to solve problems in a real-world setting. The Education Strategic Research Project (ESRP) is an alternative to the Applied Dissertation. Request information now to learn more about your options.

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
Tuition is $1,460 per credit hour. Additional fees apply. See Tuition and Fees for details. 
Curriculum
NSU’s Ed.D. in Special Education is a minimum of 55 total credits to complete.
Delivery Options
Classes for the Doctor of Education in Special Education are offered fully online. All doctoral students are required to participate in at least one Summer Institute.
Application Deadlines
Applications for admission are accepted online and on a rolling basis for all graduate programs throughout the calendar year. No entrance exam required.

Earning Potential

Special Education Teacher $61,500 Median Salary Per Year
K-12 Principal $98,490 Median Salary Per Year
Postsecondary Teachers $80,560 Median Salary Per Year

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020

Ed.D. in Special Education Curriculum

Required Concentration Area Courses (9 credits)
Credits
SPED 8402
Families, Law, and Exceptionalities (SPED 8402 / Credits: 3 )
3
SPED 8404
Organization and Administration of Special Education Programs (SPED 8404 / Credits: 3 )
3
SPED 8405
Collaboration and Consultation (SPED 8405 / Credits: 3 )
3
Special Education Track (18 credits)
Credits
SPED 8401
Special education Law and Policy (SPED 8401 / Credits: 3 )
3
SPED 8403
Conferencing with Parents and Families of Individuals with Disabilities (SPED 8403 / Credits: 3 )
3
SPED 8406
Transition, Career Development and Independent Living (SPED 8406 / Credits: 3 )
3
SPED 8409
Multicultural Issues in Special Education (SPED 8409 / Credits: 3 )
3
SPED 8410
Assessment and Evaluation of Special Needs, Cognitive and Behavioral Domains (SPED 8410 / Credits: 3 )
3
SPED 8411
Issues in Special Education Administration (SPED 8411 / Credits: 3 )
3
Autism Spectrum Disorder Track (18 credits)
Credits
SPED 8801
Seminar in the Behavior Communication Connection for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (SPED 8801 / Credits: 3 )
3
SPED 8802
Seminar in the Nature of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (SPED 8802 / Credits: 3 )
3
SPED 8803
Advanced Topics in the Assessment of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (SPED 8803 / Credits: 3 )
3
SPED 8804
Advanced Topics in Interventions for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (SPED 8804 / Credits: 3 )
3
SPED 8805
Seminar in Professional Issues in Leading Programs for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (SPED 8805 / Credits: 3 )
3
SPED 8806
Special Topics Across the Lifespan for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (SPED 8806 / Credits: 3 )
3
Applied Behavior Analysis Track (21 credits)*
Credits
SPED 9651
Concepts and Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis I (SPED 9651 / Credits: 3 )
3
SPED 9652
Concepts and Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis II (SPED 9652 / Credits: 3 )
3
SPED 9656
Assessment in Applied Behavior Analysis (SPED 9656 / Credits: 3 )
3
SPED 9661
Applications of Applied Behavior Analysis (SPED 9661 / Credits: 3 )
3
SPED 9666
Supervision and Management in Applied Behavior Analysis (SPED 9666 / Credits: 3 )
3
SPED 9671
Ethical and Professional Conduct in Applied Behavior Analysis (SPED 9671 / Credits: 3 )
3
RES 8930
Single Subject Research Design in Applied Behavior Analysis (RES 8930 / Credits: 3 )
3
Additional Required Course (3 credits)
Credits
EDD 8200
Leadership, Communication, and Technology (EDD 8200 / Credits: 3 )
3
Summer Institute (1 credit)**
Credits
FSC 8000
Summer Institute (FSC 8000 / Credits: 1 )
1
Applied Dissertation (12 credits)***
Credits
DISR 8966
Applied Dissertation 1: Prospectus (DISR 8966 / Credits: 3 )
3
DISR 8967
Applied Dissertation 2: Proposal Development (DISR 8967 / Credits: 3 )
3
DISR 8968
Applied Dissertation 3: Proposal (DISR 8968 / Credits: 3 )
3
DISR 8969
Applied Dissertation 4: Applied Dissertation (DISR 8969 / Credits: 3 )
3
Strategic Research Project (12 credits)
Credits
ESRP 9000
Strategic Research Project I (ESRP 9000 / Credits: 6 )
6
ESRP 9001
Strategic Research Project II (ESRP 9001 / Credits: 6 )
6
Required Courses (6 credits)
Credits
RES 8100
The Nature of Knowing: Introduction to Research Methods (RES 8100 / Credits: 3 )
3
RES 9300
Methods of Inquiry (RES 9300 / Credits: 3 )
3
Quantitative Research Track (6 credits)****
Credits
RES 8911
Quantitative Research Design (RES 8911 / Credits: 3 )
3
RES 8921
Quantitative Data Analysis (RES 8921 / Credits: 3 )
3
Qualitative Research Track (6 credits)****
Credits
RES 8916
Qualitative Research Design (RES 8916 / Credits: 3 )
3
RES 8926
Qualitative Data Analysis (RES 8926 / Credits: 3 )
3
Research Track for those completing the Strategic Research Project (6 credits)
Credits
RES 8911
Quantitative Research Design (RES 8911 / Credits: 3 )
3
RES 8913
Program Evaluation (RES 8913 / Credits: 3 )
3

*Certification Disclosure for the Applied Behavior Analysis Track: The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) has verified the courses listed above toward requirements for eligibility to take the Board-Certified Behavior Analyst® or Board-Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination. Association for Behavior Analysis International website: https://www.abainternational.org/welcome.aspx

 **Students must attend one Summer Institute during their program of study. Summer Institute is an opportunity for students to meet with classmates, professors, and staff on-campus in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Students will be able to schedule individual sessions with their applied dissertation committee chairs to discuss dissertation work and with representatives from various service areas. The conference will also offer applied dissertation workshops, as well as roundtable sessions affording students the opportunity to present their dissertation work to a group of peers and receive immediate feedback. 

***Students who complete all of their coursework and have registered for all of their dissertation benchmark courses (prospectus, proposal development, proposal, and applied dissertation) within the first three years will be required to register for ADS 8090 - Applied Dissertation Services I in order to receive dissertation services from their committee. Beginning with the fourth year (37th month/10th semester) following initial enrollment, and irrespective of remaining coursework, doctoral students are required to register for ADS 8091 - Applied Dissertation Services II, up to the point of degree completion, in order to receive dissertation services from their committee. Credits earned from ADS 8090 or ADS 8091 do not count toward the minimum credit hour requirement for the Ed.D. degree.

****For students completing the Applied Dissertation, you will select either the Quantitative Research Track or the Qualitative Research Track. 

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