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Join a doctoral cohort of special education professionals — funded by the US Department of Education

Apply to be a part of the first special education-focused cohort in our EdD in Leadership and Innovation program. Eight leaders in special education will be selected for this unique program that begins January 2020.

As a member of the EdD Special Education cohort, you will:

  • Receive funding to cover the cost of tuition, fees, materials and travel

  • Develop skills in disseminating evidence-based knowledge and results to school professionals, educational leaders and policymakers

  • Enhance your capabilities for leadership in areas serving students with special needs

About the EdD Special Education Cohort

Cohort participants enroll in a four-year doctoral program that provides flexibility through a mix of online classes and in-person meetings on weekends and during the summer. They maintain their current employment status and are able to conduct a purposeful action research dissertation project relevant to a problem of practice in their current position, guided by general and specialized faculty members and their peers.

This unique cohort will become the EdD program’s first special education-focused Leader Scholar Community. LSCs, a hallmark of the EdD program, allow cohort members to support each other academically and personally, with faculty guidance, in the conceptualization, implementation and study of change initiatives.

Cohort admission requirements

  • A masters’ degree from an accredited institution

  • Employment and/or experience in the field of special education

  • U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent resident status

  • Admission to ASU's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College as an EdD in Leadership and Innovation student
  • Desired qualification: Certification or license in special education or related field

Post-graduation requirements

  • Graduates must continue working in an area of special education leadership for two years for each year of financial support provided — a total of eight years of service. Three of the four years that you are enrolled in the EdD program will count toward the total eight-year requirement.

  • During the years of service, at least 51 percent of the time must be spent in a position with direct or indirect responsibility for students with special needs

 Application Process

The EdD in Leadership and Innovation: Special Education Cohort requires a two-step process:

  1. Interested candidates must complete a pre-application. Pre-applications will be reviewed Aug. 15, 2019 and then on a rolling deadline every two weeks thereafter, until the cohort is filled.
  2. The faculty review committee will notify pre-applicants after Aug. 15 if they are selected to continue in the process. If you are selected, you will need to complete the ASU graduate application to the EdD in Leadership and Innovation program.

EdD Special Education Cohort pre-application

To complete the pre-application, you will need to have the following four documents saved as a PDF and ready to upload: personal statement, writing sample, resume and unofficial transcripts. Learn more about these items in our Cohort FAQs.

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