National Urban Special Education Leadership Initiative

An education Doctoral Program for Urban Leadership in Special Education

The Initative

This initiative is built on a collaborative partnership between the University of Central Florida, the largest urban school districts in Florida and the nation, and special education leaders from around the country.

The initiative will provide three major outcomes:

  1. Development of a model program for an Educational Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) with a specialization in Special Education Leadership for urban special education administrators;
  2. Creation of a cadre of experts and special education urban leadership to act as the National Faculty that will aid in instructing doctoral candidates and provide ongoing advice for the implementation and assessment of the initiative;
  3. Graduation of urban special education administration fellows with doctoral degrees to serve as leaders in their respective school systems and as new members of the National Faculty, which will form the core of the national network of urban special education leaders.

Doctoral program prerequisites:

  1. Master's Degree in related field
  2. 3 to 5 years teaching experience
  3. Decision-making skills
  4. Professional commitment to education and K-12 students
  5. Strong written and verbal communication skills
  6. Enthusiastic, energetic, professional personality
  7. Willingness to accept and adapt to change
  8. Academic integrity
  9. Currently working in Central Florida