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2009-2010 Graduate Catalog 
    
2009-2010 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Educational Administration - Director of Special Education (Ed.S., Ed.D.)


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Required for area of specialization: 12 credit hours


A minimum of four courses is required including SPED 770, if candidate has not taken it in M.A. program, from the following list of special education courses.

Specialist in Education, Director of Special Education


The general objective of the Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) degree program is to prepare an educational leader who can administer, supervise, and coordinate programs for students requiring special education. Additionally, this individual must have expertise in developing curriculum, provide in-service training to staff, develop, and monitor a service delivery model.

Students completing the personnel-training program will be eligible for a position as a public school Director of Special Education, a Director of a Special Education Cooperative, Administrator of a Special School, or as Principal/Coordinator. The latter is a particularly viable alternative in a rural sparsely populated setting as is the case in the far Midwest. Other endorsements including Superintendent, Elementary Principal, and Secondary Principal are also possible alternatives that may be completed while pursuing the Specialist program in Director of Special Education.

Following the completion of the required coursework, each student must complete an internship experience in the administration and supervision of Special Education. The experience must be under the direction and supervision of the student’s program advisor. The requirement may be waived if the student presents evidence of successful experience as a director, supervisor, or coordinator of special education, who spends at least 50 percent of his/her time in the administration of Special Education.

Students who have completed a major in Special Education or Communication Disorders at the undergraduate or graduate level (M.A./M.S.) usually can meet this requirement by successfully completing two three-hour courses in Special Education.

Specialist in Education, Director of Special Education, Plan A (thesis): Total 60 credit hours


  • Special Education core 21 credit hours
  • EDAD elective courses 3-12 credit hours
  • Required area of specialization 12 credit hours
  • Thesis 4 credit hours
  • Required supporting courses 6 credit hours
  • Supporting electives/outside courses 14–16 credit hours

Specialist in Education, Director of Special Education, Plan B (non–thesis): Total 62 credit hours


  • Special Education core 21 credit hours
  • EDAD elective courses 3-12 credit hours
  • Required area of specialization 12 credit hours
  • Required supporting courses 6 credit hours
  • Supporting electives/outside courses 20–22 credit hours

Required Internship/Thesis Credits (Ed.S.): 3 to 7 credit hours


Required supporting course work: 6 credit hours


  • CGPS  Counseling course  3 credit hours

Supporting electives/outside courses: 14 to 22 credit hours


Select from School of Education graduate courses. Please consult your advisor for appropriate elective coursework.

Doctor of Education, Director of Special Education


The Doctor of Education degree (Ed.D.) is a professional education degree intended for those individuals who wish comprehensive professional understanding and competence in the solving of educational problems met by administrators of special education.

Students completing the personnel-training program will be eligible for a position as a public school Director of Special Education, a Director of a Special Education Cooperative, Administrator of a Special School, or as Principal/Coordinator. The latter is a particularly viable alternative in a rural sparsely populated setting as is the case in the far Midwest. Other endorsements including Superintendent, Elementary Principal, and Secondary Principal are also possible alternatives that may be completed while pursuing the Doctoral program in Director of Special Education.

Following the completion of the required coursework, each student must complete an internship experience in the administration and supervision of Special Education. The experience must be under the direction and supervision of the student’s program advisor. The requirement may be waived if the student presents evidence of successful experience as a director, supervisor, or coordinator of special education, who spends at least 50 percent of his/her time in the administration of Special Education.

Students who have completed a major in Special Education or Communication Disorders at the undergraduate or graduate level (M.A./M.S.) usually can meet this requirement by successfully completing two three-hour courses in Special Education.

Doctor of Education, Director of Special Education: Total 90 credit hours


  • Special Education core 21 credit hours
  • Required area of specialization 12 credit hours
  • Special Education Doctoral core 12-15 credit hours
  • Dissertation 15 credit hours
  • EDAD elective courses 0-12 credit hours
  • Required supporting courses 12 credit hours
  • Supporting electives/outside courses 15–17 credit hours

Dissertation: 15 credit hours


Required supporting course work: 12 credit hours


  • CGPS Counseling course  3 credit hours
  • EDER Advanced Statistics course 3 credit hours
  • EDFN/EPSY   Foundations course 3 credit hours

Supporting electives /outside courses: 15 to 17 credit hours


Select credit hours from School of Education graduate courses. Please consult your advisor for appropriate courses. Students seeking an additional endorsement (principal or superintendent) may do so by selecting appropriate electives in EDAD with the approval of their major advisor.

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