The major goal of the Special Education EdD program is the preparation of leadership personnel to serve in public or private K-12 schools and/or education agencies (public/private, profit/nonprofit) at the local, regional or national level. The focus of preparation for the EdD program is on the development of knowledge and skills in such areas as leadership, collaboration and consultation, management and administration, supervision, preservice and in-service education, professional development, organizational development, program evaluation, marketing and recruitment, and community relations. Candidates will also be prepared in appropriate research methodologies and evidence-based practices in educational and related services at the organizational level and at the individual student level.
Students may focus their studies on the following areas: applied behavior analysis, autism, blindness/vision impairments/orientation and mobility, early intervention, emotional and behavior disorders, learning disabilities or severe disabilities. The EdD program is a writing-intensive program with multiple opportunities for students to learn and participate in the review, integration, and application of research literature, and the design, implementation, and application of applied research to address important issues and problems in the practice of special education.