Choice of Programs
The US News ranking of the best PhD programs in Special Education includes Vanderbilt University, University of Kansas, University of Oregon, University of Florida and University of Texas--Austin at the very top positions1.
Northcentral University offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Education a specialization in exceptional children.The program is offered completely online. This program includes 13 courses including: introduction to the exceptional child, quantitative methods, and developing curriculum for the mentally disabled2.
Walden University also has an online PhD program in education with a specialization in special education. This course is designed for teachers, administrators, and college professors3.
Capella University offers an online program in special education leadership. This program is designed for those interested in an administrative position in special education. The courses involve a lot of law, finance, and administrative courses. If you want to continue to be a teacher, this isn’t for you. If you are interested in becoming a director or supervisor of special education then this degree will suit your needs4.
You should also check out the PhD programs in Special Education offered at San Francisco State University5 and the University of Maryland6.