Augment your ability to oversee and advocate for the growing number of students who need special education services, while contributing to the field through your own doctoral research, with Capella's online PhD in Special Education Leadership degree program. Capella is an accredited and nationally recognized university and our academic offerings are professionally aligned.
The online PhD in 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 of Exceptional Children. It provides a strong foundation in general K-12 educational administration, along with coursework that places a high priority on special education administration, instructional strategies, law, and finance.
Take the most direct path to your PhD in special education leader—Capella's online course room ensures that your schedule is designed around your life, and our online learning experiences allow you to take classes anywhere, and at any time.
The Building Blocks of Your PhD
In the PhD in Special Education Leadership program, you will begin work on your dissertation immediately. Our curriculum begins with programs of research to help you determine your topic and incorporates credit-bearing dissertation research seminars with assistance blended into coursework. Expert faculty, research methodologists, and advisors provide the right assistance at the right time, when you need it. Each facet of your education builds on the others to take you seamlessly through your program and to your goal of a PhD.
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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.