Aurora University

Director of Special Education Endorsement

Why earn a Director of Special Education Endorsement?

The Director of Special Education Endorsement program prepares Illinois teachers and administrators for administrative roles in the special education field.

Why earn a Director of Special Education Endorsement at AU?

In Aurora University’s Director of Special Education Endorsement Program, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills you need to be an effective special education administrator. You’ll study real-world issues, discuss challenges, and identify solutions with classmates in similar positions. You’ll learn innovative ways to connect with those you lead.

Candidates who complete this program and successfully complete the required State of Illinois examination will receive Illinois State Board of Education endorsement as a special education director.


Other Program Benefits
  • Small class sizes – Average class size is 15 students
  • Convenient classes – Fully remote course format designed for working professionals
  • Fast time to completion – 4 courses (12 semester hours)

Curriculum Highlights
  • Evaluating and improving student support services
  • Interpreting and complying with Special Education laws and policies
  • Special Education program staffing, hiring, and evaluation
  • Including parents and community members as active participants
  • Supporting and mentoring school and district leaders
  • Understanding Special Education finance regulations and policies

Career opportunities

  • Assistant principal
  • Department chair
  • Human resources administrator
  • Principal

Get hired by the best

Our graduates have been hired in a variety of schools across the state of Illinois. These include public, private, parochial, and special education settings.