Doctor of Education in the Field of Special Education

The doctoral program in special education utilizes a transdisciplinary approach to the preparation of special education scholars and leaders. The program is designed to support the development of doctoral students as they acquire knowledge in the fields of neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and the developmental sciences in an effort to meaningfully translate that knowledge to the most pressing issues to special education today.

The program works closely with Graduate School of Education and Human Development’s Center for Applied Developmental Science and Neuroeducation to provide research and internship opportunities for students to translate and apply neuroscience research related to learning for diverse populations. Students collaborate with faculty in the areas of early intervention and early childhood education, secondary and transition to post-secondary education, culturally and linguistically diverse learners with exceptionalities, and students with various disabilities, such as those with emotional and behavioral challenges. The Center also seeks students who can advance research with transdisciplinary partners to improve outcomes for children and families.

Visit the program website for additional information.

Admission deadlines: Fall - Rolling admissions (January 15 to be considered for merit-based tuition support)
Summer - Rolling admissions (January 15 to be considered for merit-based tuition support)
Standardized test scores: Either the GRE general test (institutional code 5246) or the Miller Analogies Test (institutional code 1047) is required. This requirement is waived for applicants who already hold a doctoral degree conferred by an accredited institution of higher learning.
Recommendations required: Two (2) recommendations (preferably one from a faculty member and the other from a professional supervisor)
Prior academic records: Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.
Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. Please see the list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services.
Statement of purpose: Doctoral applicants are expected to write a comprehensive essay of 750 to 1,000 words stating your purpose in undertaking doctoral study at The George Washington University. Describe your academic objectives, primary and supporting field of study, research areas of interest, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application.
Doctoral applicants are expected to write a comprehensive essay of 750 to 1,000 words stating your purpose in undertaking doctoral study at George Washington University. Describe your academic objectives, primary and supporting field of study, research areas of interest, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application.
Additional requirements: A resumé is required
International applicants only: Please review International Applicant Information (https://graduate.admissions.gwu.edu/international-student-application-requirements) carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Graduate School of Education and Human Development
The George Washington University
2136 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions:
gsehdadm@gwu.edu ~ 202-994-9283 (phone) ~ 202.994.7207 (fax)
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The requirements for the Doctor of  Education program.

54 credits, including 12 credits in foundation courses, a minimum 15 credits in research courses including 3 credits in advanced research, a 3-credit internship, 9 credits in elective courses, a minimum 15 credits in dissertation courses, and successful completion of a comprehensive examination.

Required
Neuroscience Foundations (6 credits)
SPED 8306Advanced Study in Development Science and Variance I: The Early Years
SPED 8310Advanced Study in Development Science and Variance II: The Later Years
Leadership Foundations (6 credits)
SPED 8308Preparation for the Professoriate in Special Education
SPED 8352Disability and Public Policy
Research Tools (15 credits)
SPED 8304Research and Trends in Special Education (Literature Review)
EDUC 6116Introduction to Educational Statistics
EDUC 8120Group Comparison Designs and Analyses
EDUC 8122Qualitative Research Methods
Level B advanced research elective
3 credits selected from the following in consultation with advisor:
EDUC 8100Experimental Courses
EDUC 8130Survey Research Methods
EDUC 8131Case Study Research Methods
EDUC 8140Ethnographic Research Methods
EDUC 8142Phenomenological Research Methods
EDUC 8144Discourse Analysis
EDUC 8170Educational Measurement
EDUC 8171Predictive Designs and Analyses
EDUC 8172Multivariate Analysis
EDUC 8173Structural Equation Modeling
EDUC 8174Hierarchical Linear Modeling
EDUC 8175Item Response Theory
EDUC 8177Assessment Engineering
Internship
SPED 8354Doctoral Internship: Special Education
Interdisciplinary electives
9 credits in interdisciplinary elective courses selected from the following in consultation with the advisor:
SPED 6299Federal Education Policy Institute
SPED 8303Administration and Supervision of Special Education
SPED 8311Doctoral Proseminar: Scholarly Writing in Applied Settings
SPED 8345Consultation and the Change Process
Dissertation
SPED 8998Doctoral Seminar in Special Education
SPED 8999Dissertation Research (minimum 12 credits needed to complete requirement)
taken for a minimum of 12 credits
Comprehensive examination
Successful completion of a comprehensive examination is required.