Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Special Education

The EdD in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Special Education program was designed with educators and consultants in mind and advances the study of leadership within the field of special education.

With an in-depth research-based approach, this program prepares students with the leadership skills needed for the role of a strategic professional. This doctorate with an emphasis in special education examines the history and theories of special education, current and emerging trends in special education, methods for providing appropriate educational opportunities for all students, analyzing student assessment, and developing leadership skills for fiscal management and integrity. Learners will also examine the current and emerging trends in special education with a focus on special education law and legal compliance.

The course materials in the EdD in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Special Education will examine topics such as ethical dilemmas and stewardship, corporate social responsibility from the perspective of ethical decision making, and will study the development and evolution of leadership theories. Learners will also explore opportunities, challenges and resilience required of leaders in today's global and turbulent economy.

For those seeking a doctoral level degree designed for those in education administration roles, you may also want to consider these programs:

  • Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in K-12 Leadership
  • Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Higher Education Leadership
  • Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Organizational Development

For some individuals, a doctoral degree may seem out of reach. At Grand Canyon University, we have developed a program that includes an integrated dissertation process as well as a dynamic community that supports you along your doctoral journey.

Unlike many programs where learners are expected to complete a core set of specializations prior to beginning their dissertation; at GCU learners begin the dissertation process from the beginning of their program of study. From the very first course where learners are introduced to the doctoral dispositions, through subsequent residencies and milestones, scholars progressively build the skills and understanding necessary to research, write the results and, finally, defend their dissertation.

Program Disclosure

Category Non-Traditional Traditional
Books & Supplies (Per Program) $2,100 N/A
Tuition & Fees (Per Program) $40,250 N/A
Room & Board (Per Program, If Applicable) $3,285
On Time Graduation Rate N/A N/A
Median Private Loan Debt N/A N/A
Median TIV Loan Debt N/A N/A
Median Institutional Financing Plan Debt N/A N/A

Program SOC

Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School
Education Administrators, Postsecondary
Distance Learning Coordinators
Fitness and Wellness Coordinators
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  2. Book costs are based on an average. Costs may increase or decrease depending on electronic availability or publisher's book costs.
  3. Room and board costs may be higher or lower depending on housing and meal plan choice. This number is based on an average for students on campus.
  4. Some Non-Traditional programs may be offered on the ground campus or on-line.
  5. N/A identifies that a program is not offered in that modality or that fewer than 10 students graduated within the reported timeframe.
  6. Tuition and Fees for each program are based on current rates. Future Tuition and Fee Rates may vary. Tuition was calculated using the number of credit hours in the program times the current tuition rate and includes the Graduation Fee. Full time students enrolled at a program taken at the main campus include a Student Activity Fee, charged every semester. Online programs include a one time Learning Management Fee. Some programs may also include additional fees based on course materials.
  7. On-time graduation rates and median loan debt are based on students who graduated in the 2011-2012 award year.
  8. Not all GCU programs are available in all states and in all learning modalities.
  9. Program availability is contingent on student enrollment.

Online/Evening program disclosures

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.