The Special Education Administration program is known for its comprehensive approach to preparing individuals for the many facets of special education administration including leadership theory and research, programs and services, law, finance, curriculum and instruction, and personnel. Upon program completion, students are eligible for supervisor and director approval and a basic K-12 administrator certificate. Program curriculum is aligned with the content standards promulgated by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) for special education administrators (CEC, 2009): Standard 1 - Leadership and Policy, Standard 2 - Program Development and Organization, Standard 3 - Research & Inquiry, Standard 4 - Individual and Program Evaluation, Standard 5 - Professional Development and Ethical Practice, and Standard 6 - Collaboration.
Students holding a Master's degree before program entry may choose to complete an approval program. The following courses listed in the program requirements below are not required in the approval program: EDF 671 or 672, ED 660, ED 693 or 695.
Council for Exceptional Children. (2009). What every special educator must know: Ethics, standard, and guidelines (6th ed.). Arlington, VA: Author.
Social Foundation Courses. Select One (3 credits):
Research Foundation Course (Prerequisite to ED 693/695) (3 credits):
Emphasis Area (24 credits):
Field Experience. K-12 Administrator (Take before EDL 687) (Application form required. Apply in advance.) (12 credits):
Capstone (Application form required. Apply in advance. Advisor approval required) (3 credits) (Select One):
Application deadlines (Practicum/Thesis/Project): February 15 for spring/summer, May 15 for fall, September 15 for winter semester.