As of February 1, 2012, candidates seeking an endorsement as Director of Special Education must have:
- A current teaching certificate, or Type 73 certificate
- An Administrative Certificate (Type 75)
- 30 semester hours covering six distribution areas within special education*
- Two years full-time experience in a special education services area (can include social work, school psychology, and speech/ language pathology)
- Completion of at least 12 semester hours of required special education director courses
Required Core Courses for Director of Special Education
- SPED 6660 Supervisor of Programs for Children with Disabilities
- SPED 6670 Special Education Finance
- SPED 6680 School Leadership & the Law for Special Populations
- SPED 6690 Cross-Categorical Special Education Programming & Assessment
Candidates seeking the endorsement must also pass the Director of Special Education exam #180.
*A transcript review by the program chair will determine if previous coursework has been met or if the candidate needs additional hours.
The Director of Special Education Endorsement is offered in a cohort format with cooperating districts or ROE’s. Please contact Marcia Gaspari 630-844-4643 or firstname.lastname@example.org for admission information, or complete the form below to learn more about the program.