Walden University

PhD in Education - Early Childhood Special Education (Non-Licensure; Family Friendly)


100 Washington Avenue South Ste. 900

Minneapolis, MN 55401

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

PhD in Education - Early Childhood Special Education (Non-Licensure; Family Friendly)

Format: Online

Program Description:

As more children require early intervention and special education services, there is an increasing demand for college faculty who can prepare the next wave of educators in the early childhood special education field. This specialization positions educators to advance in this growing field and to conduct continued research on best practices for early intervention.

Informed by the Council for Exceptional Children’s advanced professional early childhood preparation standards, this specialization’s curriculum enables you to explore key research issues, such as leadership and policy, program development and assessment, collaboration, evidence-based practices in early intervention, and ethical practice.

Coursework focuses on identifying and addressing gaps in research to increase the effectiveness of early childhood special educators. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the trends and issues impacting early childhood special education today. Using real-world case-study scenarios, you engage in collaborative problem solving and investigate and implement research-based strategies to master program outcomes. At the conclusion of this program, you will complete a dissertation focused on effecting positive social change in early childhood special education.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

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Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Large City

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