Admission Requirements

Director of Special Education and Pupil Services


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

  • Earned a master’s degree
  • Three years of full time teaching experience or experience as a school counselor, psychologist, or social worker
  • Two attitude and disposition questionnaires (completed by references)
  • A one to two page essay addressing the following prompt: Describe your leadership philosophy and reason for seeking admissions to the program
  • Demonstrated leadership competencies through:
    • Master's degree in educational leadership (in addition to one of the following)
    • Administrator license
    • Complete the leadership core competencies course work through Cardinal Stritch University by completing 12 credits:
      • EDU 571: Introduction to Leadership....................4 credits
      • EDU 573: Leading Complex Systems.....................4 credits
      • EDU 575: Leading Organizational Development.....4 credits
        These courses can be completed prior to or concurrently with the Director of
        Pupil Services course.