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Special Education Endorsement Graduate Certificate

Being a Special Education Director is a challenging, rewarding career for the right individual. This Special Education Director Endorsement Graduate Certificate is for K-12 educators with a master's degree in educational administration who seek to become a special education director. The program has an emphasis on special education leadership and administration. 

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Program and Admission Requirements

Special Education Director Endorsement Graduate Certificate

Individuals with a master's degree in K-12 educational administration can complete a sequence of courses to receive a 15-credit graduate certificate and be eligible for an institutional recommendation from the College of Education to add the Special Education Director Endorsement to their Standard Instructional Certificate. 

Admissions requirements and procedures are detailed on:

The ISU Graduate School website

Required Courses

Educational Administration Emphasis Courses (12 credits)

EDLA 7724 Data-informed Instructional Leadership 3 credits

SPED 5538 Policies and Procedures in Special Education 3 credits

SPED 5500 Creating Inclusive Classrooms 3 credits

SPED 6632 Administration of Special Education 3 credits

Internship (3 credits)

SPED 6639 Internship 3 credits

The internship may take more than one semester to complete. The internship requires 150 hours working with a practicing special education director. The candidate must register for 2 credits the first semester of internship and at least 1 credit in each additional semester (including summers) for continuous enrollment until the internship is complete.

Patti Mortensen

Dr. Patti Mortensen

Professor of Practice

Office: College of Education 377

(208) 282-3661