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Special Education (Ed.D) - Online

This doctoral degree program is offered online across the U.S. It is not currently available in international locations.

The WVU College of Education and Human Services awards the doctor of education, which may include an emphasis in special education. The Ed.D. with emphasis in special education has two program options: the program option in personnel preparation in special education prepares graduates for roles as faculty members and researchers, while the program option in school leadership for special education prepares graduates for roles as administrators or supervisors in public schools or community agencies. The program also prepares professionals for emerging roles associated with interdisciplinary services to persons requiring special education or disability services.

Doctoral Program Option

Course Delivery Options


Program Application Requirements

3 Letters of recommendation

Graduate Program Application Requirements

1) supplemental program application (which can be obtained from me)

2) copy of teaching certificate in Special Education or Gifted Education

3) documentation of a minimum of two years of experience providing instruction as a public school teacher to students with exceptionalities in grades PK-12

4) GRE score of at least 300 total; verbal 155; analytic 4.5 (taken within the last 7 years)

5) Personal Goal Statement

6) Academic Writing Sample

7) 3 letters of recommendation

Program Application Test Requirements

Passing scores on a nationally standardized test of academic ability within a 10-year period: 850 (old) OR 280 (new) on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) OR 400 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) OR passing scores on the Praxis CASE (see below) OR passing scores on Praxis PPST (ONLY if already certified) OR Master’s degree in education or a closely related area from a regionally accredited institution with minimum GPA of 3.25 OR professional certificate or license plus documented two years consecutive teaching or clinical experience within the past 10 years verified by copy of certificate or license plus employer letter.

Application Deadlines

Fall Priority

​January 15

Fall Deadline

​April 15

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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