Director of Special Education and Pupil Services

Academic and Professional Requirements 

Prior Education

  • A master's degree from an accredited college or university in an education-related field.
  • A grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in master’s coursework is required, but a lower GPA may be considered on an individual basis. 
  • An Administrator license, master’s degree in Educational Leadership, or
  • Satisfy the leadership core competencies requirement through Cardinal Stritch University by completing the following 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 coursework.

Professional Requirements

To qualify for the Director of Special Education and Pupil Services license, candidates must have:

  • A valid (or eligibility to hold) Professional Educator License in teaching or pupil services
  • Three years of successful full-time classroom teaching experience, or three years of successful experience as a pupil services professional including 540 hours of classroom teaching experience

Complete the Admissions Application

  • Submit the admissions application which is free to complete online.
  • Applications for this program are reviewed on a rolling basis so allow sufficient time before the start of your program for consideration.

Two Attitude and Disposition Questionnaires

Attitude and disposition questionnaires should be completed by two individuals. Your building principal or department leader should complete one, and another individual who can comment on your professional leadership abilities should complete the other.


A one to two page essay addressing the following prompt:

  • Describe your leadership philosophy
  • Describe your reason for seeking admission to the program

Please send all application materials to:

Cardinal Stritch University
Office of Graduate Admissions, Box 437
6801 N. Yates Road
Milwaukee, WI 53217-3985