Program Overview

This program is currently not accepting applications.

The Ed.D. in Special Education Leadership equips special education leaders with skills to implement and oversee effective evidence-based interventions to maintain high expectations and ultimately close the achievement gap for the children with disabilities. The Ed.D’s cohort structure is designed to help build a professional learning community and can be completed in five years of continuous part-time enrollment. The program prepares educators to address the needs of students with disabilities, evaluate special and general education research to improve outcomes for students, and to understand current policy and legal issues regarding special education best practice.

In addition to earning the Ed.D. from the University of Maryland, the program prepares educators for leadership positions such as Special Education Administrators, Regional Special Education Directors, and school-based Directors of Special Education programs.

The program is offered through the EdTerps Learning Academy, housed in the College of Education. The EdTerps Learning Academy provides flexible learning opportunities for working professionals in the field of Education, offering programs designed for career advancement while accommodating personal and professional responsibilities.

For complete information about the program offered at the Universities at Shady Grove, see the Ed.D. in Special Education Leadership page on the main UMD website.