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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 is 27 hours and may be packaged to also receive a second Master’s degree, Rank I, EdS, or EdD.

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).

Program checklist

Certification Requirements

Level 1

Assessment course chosen from:

EDGC 661 Measurement Principles and Techniques


or an equivalent course in assessment

One of the following:

EDEL 630 Curriculum Construction


EDEL 632 Elementary School Curriculum


EDSE 634 Secondary School Curriculum


EDMG 636 Middle School Curriculum


  Total Credit Hours: 6

Level 2

EDIL 601 Introduction to School Leadership Administration


EDIL 628 School Law and Ethics


EDSP 621 Operation of Special Education Programs


EDSP 622 Instructional Leadership in Special Education


EDSP 623 Special Education Program Coordination


EDSP 624 Practicum


  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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