Director of Special Education and Pupil Services

This program equips students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to serve as Directors of Special Education and Pupil Services.


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The Director of Special Education and Pupil Services Certification leads candidates to a Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction licensure as Director of Special Education and Pupil Services (#80). It features doctoral-level coursework in social justice leadership, special education law and policy, advanced educational methods for teaching a diverse student body, instructional leadership, and program administration.

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Through coursework, fieldwork, and on-the-job mentoring with current special education administrators, students will develop the knowledge, skills, and disposition needed to serve as a Director of Special Education and Pupil Services. The program is aligned with the Wisconsin Administrator and Director of Special Education and Pupil Services Content Standards and the Council for Exceptional Children’s Advanced Standards.

Enrolling in this program will build your capacity to be a transformational leader in educating all students with your #80 license. You will grow and learn with like-minded peers and develop a life-long, professional network of colleagues across the state. You will receive individualized support to apply your learning in a real-time context with experienced instructors who are actively involved in schools.

Courses Are Available

  • Online

Semesters to Join

  • Fall (September)

Application Requirements

To qualify for the Director of Special Education and Pupil Services program, you must have:

  • A master’s degree in an education-related field
  • Three years of full-time teaching experience or experience as a school counselor, psychologist or social worker
  • Two attitude and disposition questionnaires
  • A one-to-two-page essay demonstrating your current leadership competencies

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

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