Ed.D. in Special Education

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Special Education – General Curriculum

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Admission Deadline:  May 1 for Summer Consideration


Program Description:

The Ed.D. in Special Education is designed for candidates who possess a clear renewable (or comparable) T-5 certificate and hold a master’s degree in a PSC recognized area of certification. Through this program candidates develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions to serve as learner-centered specialists engaging in scholarly inquiry and research. This program of study thus provides candidates with the skills necessary to synthesize theory and practice through further examination of theoretically-based curriculum development, understanding of global education issues, and inquiry into making education equitable, democratic, humane, and socially just. The Ed.S. in Special Education is fully embedded in the Ed.D. program. Students who complete the Ed.S. in Special Education at Kennesaw State may apply their entire program of study to the Ed.D. Those students who have completed their Ed.S. at another institution will be eligible to have their transcripts analyzed to potentially receive up to 21 hours credit toward the Ed.D.

Expected Qualifications:

  • An earned master’s degree in professional education or a related field;
  • A clear and renewable Georgia Teaching Certificate or departmentally-approved equivalent;
  • At least three years of professional teaching or administrative experience or both in P-12 education (current full-time employment as a professional educator is preferred);
  • A competitive Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score and Graduate GPA. The GPA and GRE will be utilized with other admission criteria to determine program eligibility. Although no minimum scores are required, candidates are encouraged to prepare and score well since admission to the program is competitive. Please note: The Analytical/Writing score one receives as part of the GRE exam is used competitively in the admission review process. It is strongly encouraged for applicants to do well on this portion of the exam.

Program of Study:

Educations & Research Core (27 hours)

  • EDUC 8100: Advanced Study of Learning 
  • EDUC 8300: Critical Multicultural and Global Education
  • INED 8760: Curriculum Development for English Learners and Students with Exceptionalities
  • EDUC 8150: Critical Analysis of Educational Policies & Change
  • EDUC 8705: Seminar in Formative Assessment for Learning
  • EDRS 8100: Qualitative Research I 
  • EDRS 8200: Quantitative Research I
  • EDRS 9000: Research Seminar: Conceptual Frameworks & Research Design
  • EDRS 9100: Advanced Qualitative Research Methods -or-
  • EDRS 9200: Advanced Quantitative Research Methods

Major Requirement (24 hours)

  • ITEC 7400: 21st Century Teaching and Learning
  • INED 8310: Inclusive Policies and Practices in Special Education
  • INED 8315: Supervision, Mentoring and Collegial Coaching in Special Education
  • INED 8340: Planning, Implementing and Assessing Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • INED 8350: Increasing Achievement of Diverse Learners through Practical Application
  • EDRD 8365: Literacy Instruction for Students with Disabilities
  • INED 8325: Creating Culturally Responsive Schools
  • INED 8330: Creating Culturally Responsive Classrooms

 Guided Electives (6 hours)

  • Candidates may select from any 7000, 8000, or 9000 level courses approved by an advisor.

Dissertation (9 hours)

  • SPED 9900: Dissertation

TOTAL 66-75 Credit Hours

*Students are awarded the ED.S. after completion of 30-33 hours. Students possessing an Ed.S. in another field who wish to enter the Ed.D. program may transfer in up to 21 hours of prior coursework to the degree.*


For more information:

Melinda Ross
Program Director
(770) 423-6043
GradEd@kennesaw.edu