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College of Education
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1114 Mid-Campus Drive North
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506

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For more information about Special Education academic programs:

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Doctor of Education in Special Education (Ed.D.)

The Ed.D. in Special Education program prepares personnel for administration of special education programs.


Program Requirements

A minimum of 94 semester hours beyond the baccalaureate degree is required. Up to 30 graduate hours earned as part of a Master’s degree may be used to satisfy the following requirements with the approval of the student’s supervisory committee and the Graduate School.

Each student’s program of study is individualized with the approval of the major professor and the supervisory committee to optimize the student’s interests, expertise, and professional goals.

  • Area of Emphasis
    • (48 credits)
  • Foundations (12 credits)
    • For each category, take the course listed or its equivalent:
    • Techniques and Interpretation of Educational Research:
      EDCEP 816 – Research Methods in Education
    • Historical and Philosophical Analysis of Leadership in Education:
      EDLEA 810 – Historical and Philosophical Analysis of Leadership in Education
    • Social Science Explorations of Educating a Diverse Society:
      EDCI 910 – Multicultural Curriculum Programming
    • Behavioral Bases of Educational Thought and Practice:
      EDCEP 912 – Psychological Bases of Educational Thought and Practice
  • Research Courses (6 credits minimum)
    • Research courses concerning methodology consistent with the required for the dissertation. Two courses typically used to meet research expectations include:
      • EDCEP 817 – Statistical Methods in Education
      • EDCEP 917 – Experimental Design in Educational Research
  • Clinical Experience (12 credits)
    • The clinical experience is designed to enhance one’s professional development by providing field-based exposure to the process of administration and supervision of special education programs and personnel. Objectives, activities, and outcomes for this clinical experience/internship are commonly determined by the major professor (advisor), in consultation with the student and the supervisory committee.
  • Dissertation Research (16 credits)
    • Completion of a dissertation which treats an important topic of professional education practice using a systematic methodology consistent with accepted research paradigms. The dissertation must be successfully defended in a public, oral defense. The dissertation work is closely supervised by the major professor, with the guidance of the supervisory committee.

Admissions Requirements 

Admission to graduate study is granted by the Dean of the Graduate School upon the recommendation of the faculty in the graduate program. Applicants seeking admission to this master’s degree program must submit the information noted below. Before starting the online application, gather all information and documents for all of the admission requirements so that they can be uploaded into the application system. All materials must be received before review will begin.

  • A completed online Graduate School Application
    • Go to the Kansas State University Graduate School application for admission page. Follow the prompts for completing the application process.
    • Application Deadlines:
      • U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents – Applications are accepted throughout the year.
      • International Students – The online application, application fee, test scores, transcripts, financial documents, and all required application materials need to be submitted by the following dates:
        • January 1 for fall (August) enrollment
        • August 1 for spring (January) enrollment
        • December 1 for summer (June) enrollment
  • Graduate School Application Fee
    • Domestic Students – A $65 application fee is required for all domestic students; the application will not be processed without this fee. The fee can be paid by credit card when completing the online application.
    • International Students – A $75 application fee is required; the application will not be processed without this fee. The fee can be paid by credit card when completing the online application.
  • Official Transcripts
    • You must upload into the online application system a scanned copy (PDF preferred) of the official transcript(s) from each college or university where you received your bachelor's degree(s) and completed any post baccalaureate course work or degrees. Transcripts become part of your records at Kansas State University and cannot be returned. Please be aware that printouts from university student portals are not considered a copy of your official transcript. If you are admitted, you will be required to submit an official transcript for GPA and degree conferral verification from the institution(s) where you received your degree(s) and completed any post-baccalaureate credits. Students whose transcripts are not in English must furnish a translation by an appropriate authority. Failure to list any colleges or universities attended may result in dismissal from the university.
  • Statement of Goals and Professional Experience
    • You must upload into the online application system a 1-2 page statement that includes the following information:
      • Career and professional goals and aspirations, and how being accepted to the program will benefit your goals and aspirations;
      • Any research interests;
      • Past and present employment work experience within education or a related field;
      • Future profesional plans (e.g., Upon completion of the degree, do you plan to stay in your current position? If not, what type of position would you like to seek?);
      • If you have a request for a certain advisor, indicate that preference in the statement.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Test Scores
    • Each applicant must submit scores taken within the past five years on the GRE. Priority for admission is given to applicants with scores at the 50th percentile or higher on each part of the GRE. Applicants with one or more scores below the 50th percentile may be considered for probationary admission if there is credible evidence of potential for success, such as a strong academic record.
    • The GRE has three parts: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing. Applicants are strongly encouraged to go to the GRE website to become familiar with the three exams, identify ways to prepare for the exam, and to register to take the exam.
    • When registering for the GRE, you will be asked to record codes for where you want your scores sent and for the field of study of your intended graduate program. Use the following codes on the GRE registration form when applying to this degree program:
      • Institutional code for Kansas State University: 6334
      • Field of Study: Special Education 3705
  • Letters of Recommendation
    • Three letters of recommendation are needed from college or university educators and/or colleagues or supervisors who are qualified to address your professional skills and your potential for success in the graduate program. Enter the names and email addresses of the recommenders into the appropriate area in the online application.
  • An Interview
    • Once all application materials have been received, the department will contact the applicant to schedule an interview. Interviews are conducted to learn about the applicant's interest and compatibility with the degree program.
  • English Language Proficiency
    • To demonstrate competence in the English language, an official report of scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System - academic exam (IELTS) or Pearson Test of English (PTE) must be sent to Kansas State University for all applicants whose primary language is not English. Enter your scores in the online application and upload the report of your scores.
    • Learn more about English proficiency requirements at: http://www.k-state.edu/grad/admissions/application-process/international/ 

International applicants must meet the same academic standards for admission as those required of domestic students. When applying for admission, international applicants must provide an Affidavit of Financial Support and documentation of English language proficiency. Detailed information about these issues is provided at the Graduate School Application Process for International Students website.

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Degree:

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Course Delivery:

Manhattan Campus
Some courses available Online

Credits:

94

Tuition Information:

See the Cashiers and Student Accounts website for tuition and fee schedules.

See the College of Education Graduate Assistantships page for detailed information and application procedures about graduate assistantships available in the College of Education.

Department:

Special Education, Counseling and Student Affairs


Related Programs

Special Education Master’s Degree

Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders Graduate Certificate


Additional Information

Program Booklet (PDF)
Assessment Alignment Matrix (PDF)
Assessment Results Summary (PDF)
Student Retention Policy (PDF)