Ed.S. Educational Leadership: Director of Special Ed.

The online EdS Degree in Director of Special Education is designed for certified teachers with a Master's Degree who seek a leadership role as a Director of Special Education. Emphasis is on the administrator as an instructional leader as well as a servant leader. Ethical decision making, creative problem solving, and professional growth are other areas of emphasis.


Program Design

There are two tracks within this degree - (1) Director of Special Education and Principal endorsement or (2) Director of Special Education and Superintendent endorsement. This program leads to an Education Specialist degree, a Director of Special Education endorsement, and either a Pre K-12 Principal endorsement or Superintendent endorsement on an Idaho Administrator Certificate depending on which track is taken. Individuals should check for specific requirements for certification in other states.

Program Start Dates

Classes begin every 8 weeks, and new students may join throughout the year. Contact us now to get started on your graduate degree.

Required Courses with Principal Endorsement Track

M.Ed. in Exceptional Child completed or in the role of Director of Special Education
EDUC8000 Orientation: Graduate Education (0)
EDUC7511 The Learning Process (3) or EDUC 7553 Curriculum, Assessment and Collaboration (3)
EDUC7556 Conceptual Statistics and Applications for Educators (3)
EDUC7575 Legal and Financial Issues in Education (3)
EDUC7579 Special Education Law for Administrators (if not taken during the last 3 years) (2)
EDUC7581 Instructional Supervision and Leadership (3)
EDUC7584 Data Driven Decision Making (3)
EDUC7585 Administering Human Resources (3)
EDUC7595B Director of Special Education Practicum Portfolio Binder (0-1)
EDUC7595G Practicum in Special Education and Related Services (4)
EDUC7596III  Internship/Principalship (6)
EDUC7596IIIB Building Administrator Internship Portfolio Binder (0-1)
EDUC7598D Seminar: Special Education Policies and Procedures (2)

Total Credits: A minimum of 32 semester credits are required. 

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Required Courses with Superintendent Endorsement Track

Principal certification completed and be in the role of Director of Special Education
EDUC8000 Orientation: Graduate Education (0)
EDUC7556 Conceptual Statistics and Applications for Educators (3)
EDUC7579 Special Education Law for Administrators (if not taken during the last 3 years) (2)
EDUC7584 Data Driven Decision Making (3)
EDUC7595B Director of Special Education Practicum Portfolio Binder (0-1)
EDUC7595G Practicum in Special Education and Related Services (4)
EDUC7598D Seminar: Special Education Policies and Procedures (2)
EDUC8670 Labor Relations in Schools (3)
EDUC8671 Educational Change: A Historical Perspective (3)
EDUC8672 The Superintendency (3)
EDUC8673 Advanced School Finance (3)
EDUC8674 School Facilities (3)
EDUC8675 Public Relations and Marketing for Schools (3)
EDUC8676 Special Populations: Issues and Resources (3)
EDUC8678 Central Office Internship (1-4 ) (4 credits required)
EDUC8678B Central Office Internship Portfolio Binder (0-1)

Total Credits: A minimum of 39 semester credits are required. 

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