The Doctor of Education: Special Education is a competency-based graduate program designed to prepare an individual to serve as a college teacher in a department of special education and as an administrator of educational programs for children and youth with disabilities.
Students interested in the Doctoral Program in Special Education at Western Michigan University are referred to the Graduate Policy Handbook (GPH) and the Graduate College Catalog (GCC) for the policies of the University which govern the admission, program, and graduation requirements of the University for doctoral students. The handbook may be obtained from The Graduate College, Western Michigan University and the catalog from the University Bookstore.
To prepare special educators to serve as leadership personnel in the field of special education.
To prepare special educators to function in administrative roles in the education of learners with disabilities.
To prepare special educators to function as college professors in a department of special education or its equivalent.
To prepare special educators to develop and complete research projects employing appropriate research and statistical methodology.