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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  • Grants and tuition reductions available.


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