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  The Graduate School of Education 2022-2024 Doctor of Education (Ed.D) Programs - For Students Entering in or subsequent to 2010 Concentration in Special Education  

Concentration in Special Education

Coordinator: Matthew Mayer ( 848-932-0843; email:

The concentration in special education within the doctor of education program is designed to prepare leadership personnel in special education for the following roles:

  • administrators of special education services in schools;
  • teacher educators at colleges and universities;
  • teacher leaders among school faculty; and
  • leaders in allied service agencies and organizations.

Potential participants in this concentration might include those aspiring to become special education supervisors as well as principals or other educational leaders who want to further develop expertise in special education. The guiding principles of this concentration are:

  • commitment to improving educational practices for students with disabilities and other at-risk students;
  • grounding in evidence-based practice;
  • focus on challenges of real-world educational settings;
  • leveraging of doctoral students' experiences within courses;
  • flexible course schedule meeting individual student needs;
  • balanced development of knowledge, strategies, and skills;
  • strong mentorship support from faculty;
  • Ed.D. student voice in program and course enhancements; and
  • expertise in special education.
This program does not include coursework leading to a New Jersey school personnel license.


The Ed.D. program is comprised of three interrelated program components--the core, a concentration, and a dissertation/capstone experience.

Core Courses (24 credits)

15:255:611  Leadership I: Leadership in Schools and Communities (3)

15:255:612  Leadership II: Change Process (3)

15:255:615  Social Contexts I: Sociocultural Foundations of Education (3)

15:255:617  Social Contexts II: History of Educational Reform (3)

15:255:606  Key Principles of Learning--Learners and Learning (3)

15:255:607  Learners and Learning II (Adult Learning) (3)

15:255:603  Inquiry I (3)

15:255:602  Inquiry II (3)

Concentration Courses (24 credits)

The special education concentration is comprised of 12 credits of core coursework, 3 credits of methodology, 3 credits of teacher leadership coursework, and 6 credits of specialization courses.

15:293:605  Seminar in Special Education (3)

15:293:630  Current Topics in Special Education (3)

15:293:615  Designing Interventions and Measuring Outcomes in Special Education (3)

15:293:633  Internship in Special Education (3)

Methodological elective (3)

Teacher Leadership elective (3)

Specialization course (3)

Specialization course (3)

Capstone/Dissertation (24 credits)

The Ed.D. culminates with a yearlong dissertation experience. The dissertation requires students to identify and investigate a problem of practice systematically using current literature and inquiry methodology. Students are to write a final report that is presented publicly that may include a conference presentation, journal article or book chapter, or presentation to a local community. Students will have the option of working on their dissertation projects individually or in groups organized around key topics of interest.
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