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2017-2018
 
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Special Education Administration and Supervision
SEAC
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On-line Certificate in Special Education Administration

This certificate provides information regarding current issues, legal and regulatory updates, and best-practices for leadership in the special education area. The target audience for the certificate is individuals who already hold licensure as school administrators and need specific training in special education administration. Assistant principals and other early career school administrators are often tapped to oversee special education programs. Superintendents and building level administrators consistently identify special education as an area in which they feel least confident and in which they need more training. Current special education administrators who wish to update their skills may enroll in the program. The program is not targeted toward teachers generally, but is open to teachers in leadership positions.  Additionally, the certificate program is not a licensure program.

 

How to Apply:
Fill out the online application for participation in the certificate program.
Upon processing of the application, you will be contacted
with information about the submission of additional
required materials. Thank you for your interest.

Admission requirements

In order to be admitted to this certificate program, the candidate must have licensure in school administration or a teaching certificate in special education.  Other students holding a teaching certificate may be considered on a case-by-case basis.  A specific undergraduate GPA beyond the minimum set by the Graduate School is not required for admission and the GRE is not required.

Course Requirements

This certificate requires the completion of the following three courses. Courses may be taken in any sequence, but the certificate requires the completion of all three.  

EDEL 5064 Issues in Special Education

 This course focuses on current issues related to meeting the needs of students with disabilities, including increased diversity, research on best practices, identification and service components and effective delivery models; the other courses focus on the background and skills for the administration of a Special Ed program within a school system and the legal requirements of managing a Special Ed program. Upon completion of all three courses, the administrator or experienced teacher will have the needed grounding in all aspects of administering a Special Ed program in a P-12 school system. 

 

EDEL 5074 Issues in Special Education Programs 

This course focuses on background and skills for the administration of a Special Ed program within a school system; the other courses focus on the background and current issues related to meeting the needs of students with disabilities and the legal requirements of managing a Special Ed program. Upon completion of all three courses, the administrator or experienced teacher will have the needed grounding in all aspects of administering a Special Ed program in a P-12 school system.

 

EDEL 5084 Legal & Regulatory Issues in Special Education 

The course is targeted to administrators who need either a fundamental understanding of the legal aspects or an updated understanding of the legal aspects of special education.  It is also appropriate to other teacher leaders.  The coursework is an extension of undergraduate work in special education and/or administrative graduate work for endorsement; it is only available to students who have completed an undergraduate degree.  This course requires a student to work independently, and to develop an extensive understanding of the laws and regulations that govern special education.  In order to effectively coordinate special education services with school reform and in accordance with current legal requirements, the student must be able to synthesize existing research on legal implications, research-based effective practices and appropriate delivery models for services.