Doctor of Education 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 skillsets in the special education field. This program is offered through the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.

Special Education Leadership Degree Plan

[PDF] EdD in Special Education Leadership Requirements

For students seeking certification or licensure inside the State of Texas: Programs offered at HCU designed to fulfill the educational requirements for a specific professional licensure or certification do meet the educational requirements for the State of Texas.

Students seeking certification or licensure outside the State of Texas: Students seeking certification or licensure from any state other than Texas should check with their state licensing board to determine eligibility. Houston Christian University has not determined whether their program of study meets the students state licensure requirements.

Advantages and Opportunities

  • Three-year program starting dissertation early in the program; the faculty members are hands-on from the beginning
  • Small cohort for the 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.