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Director of Special Education and Pupil Services Certification Program
 


The requirements for director of special education and pupil services certification is built into the K12 Master's degree requirements.

If someone does not hold a principal license, all courses required for principal certification plus the two additional courses listed below (835 and 842) are required.  If seeking a director of special education and pupil services license as an initial administrative license, a 150 hour field experience is required.

If someone currently holds a principal license, adding the director of special education and pupil services license requires completion of the two additional courses listed below (835 and 842) plus a 75 hour field experience.  The additional courses are:

  • ELPA 835 Leadership for Inclusive Schooling
    Examines historical and organizational context of special education administration at the federal, state and local levels. Includes policy implementation, constituency management, coordination, communication, and current issues.
  • ELPA 842 Legal Foundations of Special Education and Pupil Services
    Legal requirements and issues relative to special education and pupil services programs; special education, juvenile justice, programs for English language learners, programs for children who are homeless; examination of applicable federal and state statutes and case law. 



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