The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Special Education is offered by Illinois State University for persons seeking leadership positions in special education. Highly individualized programs based on the student's education, professional experience and career plans are offered and include formal coursework, independent study, professional practice, and a dissertation.
A student applying to a doctoral program must:
International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.
Admission to the program is competitive and requires possession of the master's degree and professional experience relevant to the education of exceptional children and youth. The decision regarding admission to the graduate program is based on several factors:
Applicants must have a minimum of 2 years of professional experience centering on education or services for persons with disabilities.
Applicants must also posses a master's degree in Special Education or a related field.
Review of your application materials may take six to eight weeks.
The University provides graduate assistantships as a means of financial support. They are intended as a way to facilitate a student's progress to degree while providing important professional development.
To be eligible for an assistantship a student must, generally,
Graduate assistants receive
See Student Accounts for information on tuition and fees. Funding for graduate students is available from several different sources. Students who have been admitted from continuous states including Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin will receive in-state tuition.
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