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Doctor of Education Program 
with Major in special Education

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program with a Major in Special Education prepares professional educators who provide leadership in the field of special education or disability services through practice, research, service, and advocacy. This online advanced graduate program prepares future leaders to influence public policy and serve as stewards of the discipline. 

The Doctoral Program w/ Major in Special Education also offers this program option:

This program is available entirely ONLINE throughout the United States. 
(It is NOT currently available in international areas. International students can NOT be approved for a U. S. Student Visa to participate in this online program.)

All online programs and courses are offered in WVU eCampus, utilizing the Blackboard learning management system. Live class sessions are conducted in Blackboard Collaborate, a desktop conferencing program. In some courses, live class sessions are offered in Second Life, an online virtual world. All live class sessions and other web activities are conducted in English. For more information about the online delivery system or technology requirements, visit the  Online Program Delivery page. 

Program Requirements

The requirements for the Ed.D. in Education in the College of Education and Human Services are 72 credits minimum beyond the undergraduate degree. Courses completed for the Master’s degree may be counted for some requirements at the discretion of the doctoral student’s committee but the student must earn 42 credits minimum beyond the master’s degree. The requirements for any doctoral degree program at WVU include at least one year in residency through enrollment in a minimum of nine credits in two successive semesters.

This doctoral program is based upon the recommendations of the Higher Education Consortium in Special Education (HECSE), an organization of all doctoral leadership programs in this discipline. HECSE membership requirements specify that at least 18 hours of any doctoral program must be in special education and at least six faculty members with terminal degrees in special education must work with students for a program to be considered a special education leadership program. In 2005, HECSEparticipated in developing standards set by the Blue Ribbon Panel on Doctoral Training for the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) in the U.S. Department of Education. This expert group produced a formal report that outlines specific knowledge and skills that leadership programs must prepare doctoral program graduates to demonstrate; the Doctoral Program Emphasis in Special Education at WVU is fully in compliance with these guidelines.

WVU is fully accredited by the North Central Association, while the program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and meets professional standards of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).