Strengthen your ability to oversee and advocate for the growing number of students who need special education services, and contribute to the field through your own doctoral research. The online special education leadership program is part of Capella's Professional Education Unit, which has been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This online specialization is nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children. It provides a strong foundation in general P–12 educational administration, along with focused course work in special education administration, instructional strategies, law and finance.
The Building Blocks of Your PhD
Your PhD in Special Education Leadership program includes 4 integrated components: online coursework, in-person experiences (called colloquia or residencies), comprehensive exams, and dissertation. Each facet of your education builds on the others to take you through your program and to your goal of a PhD.
View a sample course sequence to understand program timing and see how your coursework, colloquia, comprehensive exams, and dissertation all fit together.
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With your online PhD in Special Education Leadership from Capella, you'll facilitate the development of a shared vision of learning for special education, promote the success of all persons, lead the development of a culture of learning, and manage effective learning environments in special education. Discover specifically what you'll learn — and how you can apply it.
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Common jobs with an online PhD in Special Education Leadership include director of special education, supervisor of school psychologist or speech and language service, disabilities and mental health services manager, state or federal grant coordinator or faculty member. Potential workplaces include: K–12 public or private school, state department of education agency, federal department of education agency, land-based or online college or university, or educational consulting firm.