Director of Special Education Certification Program

The purpose of the Certificate for Director of Special Education is to prepare individuals to be effective administrators of public school special education programs. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA to complete the program.

Admission Requirements

  1. General admission to graduate study (for criteria, refer to "Admission to Graduate Study").
  2. Must hold a master's degree from an accredited college or university.
  3. Must hold a valid teaching certificate in an area in special education.
  4. Must have successfully completed three years of full-time teaching experience in special education or as a school psychologist, with no less than one year as a teacher of exceptional students or a school psychologist. A letter of validation must be received from the superintendent of the school district(s).

Certification Requirements

Level 1

Assessment course chosen from:

EDGC 661Measurement Principles and Techniques


or an equivalent course in assessment

One of the following:

EDEL 630Curriculum Construction


EDEL 632Elementary School Curriculum


EDSE 634Secondary School Curriculum


EDMG 636Middle School Curriculum


Total Credit Hours:6

Level 2

EDIL 601Introduction to School Leadership Administration


EDIL 628School Law and Ethics


EDSP 621Operation of Special Education Programs


EDSP 622Instructional Leadership in Special Education


EDSP 623Special Education Program Coordination


EDSP 624Practicum


Total Credit Hours:21

EDSP 624: Must have completed 12 of the 15 Level 2 hours listed above before enrolling in practicum listed above.

Must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA to complete the program.