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College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University

Special Education: Special Education Leadership

The special education program has received funding from USDOE to prepare educators who are already certified and practicing in special education, general education, school administration, or related services areas to earn doctorates from George Mason University (GMU) with a major in Special Education and a minor in Special Education Leadership. Throughout this three-year (for full-time doctoral students) or four-year (for part-time doctoral students) doctoral program, participants focus on how legislation, regulations, and policy at the federal and state levels impact the practices used in classrooms where elementary and secondary students with high-incidence disabilities (e.g., learning disabilities, emotional disturbance, high-functioning autism, mild intellectual disabilities) and who may also have cultural and linguistic backgrounds are served.