Walden’s Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Special Education program offers you the opportunity to make a direct impact in the lives of students with exceptionalities in learning and is designed for individuals who seek to further their role in public and private schools or community service agencies by obtaining an education specialist degree.

The curriculum, designed to reflect professional criteria set forth by the Council for Exceptional Children, includes an emphasis on research methodology to help you more effectively evaluate and improve special education programs and instruction.

This advanced graduate-level program is designed for individuals who seek a leadership role in public and private schools or community service agencies. The curriculum, aligned with the Council for Exceptional Children’s Advanced Role Content Standards, includes an emphasis on research methodology to help you more effectively evaluate and improve special education programs and instruction.

This degree program can help you:

  • Collaborate effectively with families and school staff to enhance special education practice. 
  • Assist with school-wide prevention and intervention efforts. 
  • Support teacher in-service training in special education. 
  • Illustrate your knowledge in special education through a capstone project that will provide the opportunity to apply knowledge in your own school or organization.

An Education Specialist degree, sometimes referred to as a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.), is ideal for educators who want to remain working in the field but who would like to increase their influence and impact on their learning communities.

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Completion Requirements

  • 42 total semester credits

This program can be completed in as little as 28 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements. Walden makes no representation or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure or endorsement.

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Curriculum Component Requirements  Cost  Total* 
Tuition 42 total semester credit hours  $850 per semester hour $30,600
Books and Materials Estimated costs Included in tuition $0
Capstone Fee Per course $1,000 $1,000
Technology Fee  Per semester $160 $1,120
    Total $32,720

*Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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When you choose Walden’s Ed.S. in Special Education, you can benefit from the flexibility of online learning and from MobileLearn®. Offered exclusively at Walden, MobileLearn not only enables you to choose where and when you learn, it also gives you the ability to choose how you learn. Learn more.

Find out more about what defines Walden’s Ed.S. in Special Education program:

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the current literature and trends in education. 
  2. Demonstrate the reflective teaching and learning skills needed by a professional in the field of education. 
  3. Evaluate, synthesize, and interpret educational research. 
  4. Identify and propose a solution to educational problem(s). 
  5. Demonstrate leadership via effective communication and use of technology. 
  6. Demonstrate leadership through effective communication about educational issues/topics to popular audiences in written work, speech, and through using technology. 
  7. Utilize effective communication skills in presenting academic research so as to elicit social change. 
  8. Show awareness of global interrelationships and affirm diversity in their own work about teaching and learning. 
  9. Be familiar with scholarship in the field of education that is sensitive to global interrelationships and affirms diversity. 
  10. Collaborate with a range of stakeholders in education and/or learning organizations in order to effect positive social change.

For assistance in deciding which online degree program fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.