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MSU’s Director of Special Education certification will prepare you to be an effective administrator of public school special education programs. The certification requires 21 credit-hours, is offered completely online and meets the requirements of the Education Professional Standards Board. 

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

  1. Must hold a master's degree from an accredited college or university
  2. Must hold a valid teaching certificate in an area in special education
  3. Must have successfully completed three years of full-time teaching experience in special education or as a school psychologist, with no less than one year as a teacher of exceptional students or a school psychologist. A letter of validation must be received from the superintendent of the school district(s).

Certification Requirements

Level 1

Assessment course chosen from:

EDGC 661 Measurement Principles and Techniques

3

or an equivalent course in assessment

One of the following:

EDEL 630 Curriculum Construction

3

EDEL 632 Elementary School Curriculum

3

EDSE 634 Secondary School Curriculum

3

EDMG 636 Middle School Curriculum

3

  Total Credit Hours: 6

Level 2

EDIL 601 Introduction to School Leadership Administration

3

EDIL 628 School Law and Ethics

3

EDSP 621 Operation of Special Education Programs

3

EDSP 622 Instructional Leadership in Special Education

3

EDSP 623 Special Education Program Coordination

3

EDSP 624 Practicum

6

  Total Credit Hours: 21

EDSP 624: Must have completed 12 of the 15 Level 2 hours listed above before enrolling in practicum listed above.

Must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA to complete the program.

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