The Special Education Administration concentration within the Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership area supports the mission of the School of Education by providing initial preparation and continuing education for those who wish to serve in leadership positions in the field of special education.
This program prepares leaders to direct special education programs in local school divisions, state education agencies, and other settings. The special education doctoral concentration focuses on improving outcomes for students with disabilities through access to general education curriculum with emphases on evidence-based and culturally responsive practices and collaborative service delivery. The program includes a strong foundation in law, policy, leadership, and organizational dynamics, as well as a rigorous research core. In consultation with their advisers, students also select one or two cognate sequences to support their career goals.