Director of Special Education Endorsement

The Director of Special Education endorsement prepares teachers, administrators and other professionals for administrative roles in the special education field, an area of highest need for qualified professionals seeking employment in area school districts.

As of February 1, 2012, candidates seeking an endorsement as Director of Special Education must have:

  • A current Professional Educator License (PEL)
  • An Administrative Endorsement (Type 75/Principal Endorsement)
  • 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

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 Caryn Jakielski 630-947-8903 or for admission information, or complete the form below to learn more about the program.

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