The doctor of education (EdD) degree program focuses on competencies in professional development, school administration, and instructional leadership. In preparing for any of these three professional activities, EdD students usually specialize in one of the subfields within special education.  All students are also expected to acquire broad-based knowledge across the spectrum of exceptional children and youth.

Applicants must submit a recent (within the last five years) GRE score of 300 or higher. Additionally, applicants must have an earned MA degree in special education (or a related area) with an accomplished scholarly record at the master's level, three years of appropriate experience (defined as three years of work in agencies serving children and youth, one year of which must have been spent in direct, full-time interaction with exceptional children), a demonstrated commitment to a scholarly career in special education, a successful presentation to the department, and a successful interview process with faculty members. Graduate faculty members individually evaluate and collectively discuss admission applications.