Education Specialist, Educational Leadership - Director of Special Education

Education Specialist, Educational Leadership - Director of Special Education

30-33 semester credits required. More credits may be required depending on program director's evaluation of the student's previous master's degree.

The Ed.S. Director of Special Education classes emphasize 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.  Near the end of coursework, each student will enroll in EDUC8700 (zero (0) credits) to complete a comprehensive examination.

Successful completion of the degree qualifies the graduate for recommendation to the State of Idaho for a Director of Special Education endorsement and a Pre K-12 Principal endorsement on an Idaho Administrator Certificate. It is the studentís responsibility to submit the appropriate paperwork and fees to the Idaho State Department of Education for obtaining certifications and endorsements in Idaho. Current forms and information are available from the ISDE website. Students should check the Internet and other sources for specific requirements for certification in other states. An optional class may be offered to help students who want to become principal certified in Oregon: EDUC7570 Oregon Law and Finance. See the course descriptions for more information.

The program is a blend of face-to-face and online classes. (The program director reserves the right to combine formats or replace an asynchronous online format with a synchronous videoconferencing format for individual classes in any semester.)

Required Courses (blend of face-to-face and online classes):

M.Ed. in Exceptional Child completed:
EDUC7511. The Learning Process (3) or
       EDUC7533. Curriculum and Assessment (3)
EDUC7575. Legal and Financial Issues in Education (3)
EDUC7579. Special Education Law for Administrators (2) (if an equivalent has not been taken within the last 4 years)
EDUC7581. Instructional Supervision and Leadership (3)
EDUC7585. Administering Human Resources (3)
EDUC7595G. Practicum in Special Education and Related Services (4)
EDUC7596III. The Principalship/Internship in School Principalship (7)
EDUC7598D. Seminar: Special Education Policies and Procedures (2)
EDUC7xxx. Elective (3)*
EDUC8677. Introduction to Qualitative and Quantitative Research (3)
EDUC8700. Comprehensive Examination (0)

*Elective to be determined by consultation with the program director.

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership completed:
EDUC7534. Intensive Behavioral Interventions (2)
EDUC7540. Research, Theory, and Intervention of Reading Difficulties (3)
EDUC7548. Methods and Adaptations for Exceptional Learners (3)
EDUC7549. IEPs and Transition (3)
EDUC7573. Technology: Exceptional Child - Online (2)
EDUC7579. Special Education Law for Administrators (2) (if an equivalent has not been taken within the last 4 years)
EDUC7586. Assessment and Collaboration (2)
EDUC7595G. Practicum in Special Education and Related Services (4)
EDUC7598D. Seminar: Special Education Policies and Procedures (2)
EDUC7xxx. Elective (6)*
EDUC8677. Introduction to Qualitative and Quantitative Research (3)
EDUC8700. Comprehensive Examination (0)

*Electives to be determined by consultation with the program director.