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Director of Special Education and Pupil Services Licensure

This program allows you to get your director of pupil services licensure. This is an important license to have in order to apply for positions that relate directly to special education. You can expect to learn special education law and instructional leadership. We provide the preparation in methods to meet the needs of diverse learners  and to lead in diverse educational systems.

Program Overview

The Director of Special Education and Pupil Services Licensure program equips you with the knowledge, skills and disposition to serve as a Director of Special Education and Pupil Services. The program is a 12-credit strand with courses in special education law, special education instructional leadership, and special education and pupil services program administration. These credits, along with leadership and mentorship opportunities with special education administrators, prepare you to excel as a Director of Special Education and Pupil Services. The program also is aligned with the Wisconsin Administrator Standards (#5010) and the Director of Special Education and Pupil Services (#5080) Content Standards.
This program is available to experienced educators and/or educational leaders who hold a master's degree in educational leadership, psychology, special education, counseling or another related field. Candidates who do not have an educational leadership degree or administrative license from an approved university may need to complete additional educational leadership coursework (up to 12 credits). Coursework requirements will be determined upon a review of the candidate's transcripts.

Program Coursework

The specific degree requirements on the website are for illustrative purposes and may change at any time. Please contact the Registrar's Office, Academic Advising or refer to the course catalog for detailed program requirements.

Online Learning

Online Learning

We focus on our programs having a collaborative approach.

You will experience engaged learning through an online format. Log in to classes where you can be just as engaged as you would be in person. 

Natalie Fuller, '19

Director of Learning Services for the St. Francis Xavier Catholic School System

My professors were supportive of my goals and educational experiences throughout the Director of Special Education and Pupil Services Program. Without their guidance and support, I would not be in the position I am today, impacting Special Education and Pupil Services within my school system.

Interested in this program?

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For more information please contact admissions or the program faculty.

Kirsten Brown

Associate Director of Graduate Admissions|Director of Recruitment for the Kellner College of Education, Literacy, and Leadership

Enrollment Management - Admissions GraduateEnrollment Management - Admissions Graduate

(414) 410-4061

Corey L. Thompson

Chair - Leadership Education & Pupil Services|Faculty - Urban Education

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