Director of Special Education
UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA
DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL EDUCATION
Director of Special Education
Entry point for this endorsement is during the Fall semester.
Students who hold or will be holding a Specialist degree or Masters plus thirty-two (32) semester hours of planned graduate study in Administration or Special Education and hold or meet the requirements for one of the following areas may receive the Director of Special Education endorsement: 1) PK-12 Principal and PK-12 Supervisor of Special Education; 2) Supervisor of Special Education-Instructional; or 3) Supervisor of Special Education-Support.
Applicants may successfully complete the requirements for the Director Endorsement through one of the following program options from the University of Northern Iowa.
Option 1: A Doctor of Education - Special Education/Educational Leadership intensive study areas. [Note: This would be the option for those entering the combined ISA program.]
Option 2: Endorsement Program - Special Education instructional/supervision/administrator emphasis plus 23 graduate semester hours of special education administration coursework. [Note: This would be an option for those holding 1, 2, or 3 above and seeking the Special Education Director endorsement] [see BOEE requirements for each area including three (3) years experience as PK-12 principal or PK-12 supervisor of special education.] Also note: Instructional Supervisor requires two (2) years of consultant/supervisor/coordinator/head teacher experiences and one special education teaching endorsement to include K-8 and 5-12 and Support Supervisor requires four (4) years of support service in school setting with special education students (school audiologist, psychologist, social workers, speech-language pathologist).
Option 3: A Master's Degree with a Special Education instructional for K-8 and 5-12 endorsement plus thirty-five (35) semester hours of planned study in special education administration. These hours may have been a part of, or in addition to, the degree requirements. Note: This would be an option for those with a special education teaching certificate and seeking a Field Specialization MAE which includes a Special Education Director endorsement.
EDLEAD 6282 Change and Transformation, 2 Hours
EDLEAD 6232 School Governance, Law, and Intersystems Relations, 3 Hours
EDLEAD 6247 Organization Management: School and Community
EDLEAD 7340 Funding the Educational Program for Improved Student Achievement, 3 Hours
EDLEAD 6260 Special Education Law and Policy, 3 Hours
SPED 7278 Administration of Special Education
SPED 6290 Practicum in Special Education Administration
SPED 6289 Seminar in Special Education [or SPED 7340 Disability), 3 Hours
ELECTIVE HOURS (12)
MEASRES 6205 Educational Research, 3 Hours
EDPSYCH 6214 Foundations of Instructional Psychology, 3 Hours
SOCFOUND 6234 Philosophy of Education, 3 Hours
SPED 6295 Single Subject Research, 3 Hours
SPED 6293 Qualitative Research, 3 Hours
Total Hours: 35 Hours