Doctor of Education (EdD) in Special Education Leadership

Program Description

The Doctor of Education in Special Education Leadership graduate program is designed to prepare educational leaders at the highest level for efficacy with special education programs, students, parents, staff, faculty and stakeholders. This degree is applicable in educational and behavioral health settings. Graduates of the program have the opportunity to pursue careers as college professors, campus and district-based special education directors, administrators and private school leaders while furthering their knowledge and skill sets in the special education field. This program is offered through the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.

Program Courses

EDLD 7200 Seminar for Doctoral Studies in Executive Educational Leadership
EDLD 7301 Cultural Competence for Educational Leaders
EDLD 7302 Leadership Theory and Applications
EDLD 7303 Rethinking Education with Emerging Technologies
EDSU 7303 Public Policy in Education
EDLD 7304 Organizational Behavior and Theory
EDLD 7307 Christian Worldview for Educational Leaders
EDLD 7308 Ethical Leadership and Governance
EDLR 7310 Accountability and Measurement for Current Issues in Education
EDLR 7311 Methods of Quantitative Educational Research
EDLR 7312 Qualitative Research Methodology
EDLR 7313 Applied Multivariate Statistics
EDSU 7310 Program Evaluation
EDLR 7323 Applied Research in Education
EDLR 7216 Dissertation Research I
EDLR 7217 Dissertation Research II
EDSP 7322 District and Community Relations for Special Education Leaders
EDSP 7323 Personnel Preparation and Collaboration in Special Education
EDSP 7325 Field Experience in Special Education Leadership
EDSP 7324 Instructional Practices in Special Education
EDSP 7321 Legal Issues and Policies in Special Education
EDSU 7321 District Finance, Plant Planning, and Management


Advantages and Opportunities

  • Three-year program starting dissertation early in the program; the faculty members are hands-on from the beginning
  • Small cohort for entire program; lifelong friendships and professional network
  • “No surprise” program: courses are laid out for three years, one night per week during the school year; candidates can have a full-time job while completing the program
  • Great location in Houston

After Graduation

Upon completion of the Special Education Leadership doctorate program, graduates will be qualified to seek positions such as university and community college faculty, Special Education Director, Special Education Coordinator, and Intervention Specialist. The EdD graduate will possess the skills to make changes to improve programs, communicate with government officials about funding, and advocate for the disabled.

What’s Next?

For more information, please contact:

Coordinator of EdD in Special Education Leadership, Assistant Professor of Education