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Director of Special Education

The Director of Special Education is an administrative certification in the state of Kentucky. WKU offers two EPSB approved programs leading to certification/endorsement as a Director of Special Education:

  1. Rank I – Director of Special Education for Level I or Level I and Level II (30 Unduplicated Credit Hours Required). #0426
  2. Certification Only (Endorsement) for Director of Special Education Level I or Level I and Level II (15 Credit Hours Required). #132

Admission Requirements for either of the above programs are as follow:

ADMISSION REQUIRMENTS for Rank I and Certification Only DoSE Programs

1. Candidate must submit an application to the Graduate School

2. Candidate must submit current, valid teaching certificate to the Graduate School when applying

3. Candidate must submit current vita/resume, Letter of application indicating future goals, and a statement verifying that he/she has completed at least 3 years of full-time appropriate teaching experience with exceptional children or as a School Psychologist.

4. Candidate must submit transcripts verifying an earned master’s degree from an accredited institution.

5.  Candidate must document a 3.2 GPA or above in all graduate coursework.

Prerequisites to enter either of the above programs are as follow:


*PREREQUISITES for

Rank I and Certification Only DoSE Program

 

 

1. Candidate must have completed a graduate level research methods course within the past ten years.

2.Candidate must have completed an Introductory Special Education Course within the last 10 years

 

3. Candidate must have completed 6 hours of advisor approved Graduate Level Curriculum Coursework such as:

SEC 580 The Curriculum

ELED 503 Organization of the Elementary School Curriculum

MGE 571 The Middle School Curriculum

EDAD 683 Seminar in Curriculum Development

 

*If applicants do not meet the above pre-requisites, they must complete deficient course work prior to beginning the Required Course Work. 

Course Requirements for Director of Special Education Programs

RANK I DoSE PROGRAM REQUIRES 30 NEW CREDIT HOURS

LEVEL I

 

CERTIFICATION ONLY DoSE PROGRAM REQUIRES 15 HOURS FOR LEVEL I

 

 

CORE COURSES (15 HOURS)

EDAD 585 FUNDAMENTALS OF SCHOOL ADMIN

SPED/EDAD 620 SEMINAR IN ADMINISTRATION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION

SPED/EDAD 625 PRACTICUM IN ADMINISTRATION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION

SPED/EDAD 630 – SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW AND FINANCE

EDAD 677 SCHOOL LAW

 

 

3 HOURS OF GRADUATE LEVEL SPED CURRICULUM COURSE:

SPED 533 – CURRICULUM FOR LEARNING AND BEHAVIOR DISORDERS

SPED 535 CURRICULUM FOR MODERATE AND SEVERE DISABILITIES

SPED 615 INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES AND DESIGN FOR CANDIDATES WITH ASD

OR OTHER SPED CURRICULUM COURSE APPROVED BY ADVISOR

 

 

3 HOURS GRADUATE LEVEL GENERAL ED CURRICULUM COURSE AT ELEMENTARY LEVEL:

ELED 503 ORGANIZATION OF THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CURRICULUM

 OR OTHER GRADUATE LEVEL GENERAL ED CURRICULUM COURSE AT ELEMENTARY LEVEL APPROVED BY ADVISOR

 

3 HOURS GRADUATE LEVEL GENERAL ED CURRICULUM COURSE AT SECONDARY LEVEL:

SEC 580 THE CURRICULUM

MGE 571 THE MIDDLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM

OR OTHER GRADUATE LEVEL GENERAL ED CURRICULUM COURSE AT SECONDARY LEVEL APPROVED BY ADVISOR

 

 

3 HOURS COMMUNITY/CULTURE/DIVERSITY COURSE

EDAD 682 – SCHOOL-COMMUNITY RELATIONS

SPED 532 FAMILY PROFESSIONALS AND EXCEPTIONALITIES

OR OTHER COMMUNITY/CULTURE/DIVERSITY COURSE APPROVED BY ADVISOR

 

 

3 HOURS OF GRADUATE LEVEL BEHAVIOR/APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS COURSE

SPED 518 SEMINAR: CONTEMPORARY ISSUES

SPED 618 SOCIAL SKILLS INSTRUCTION AND BEHAVIORAL PROGRAMMING FOR CANDIDATES WITH ASD

OR OTHER BEHAVIOR COURSE APPROVED BY ADVISOR

 

 

Total required for RANK I – 30 NEW UNDUPLICATED HOURS

 

NOTE: If you’ve already had any of the coursework above as part of another program, you will need to substitute other courses to equal 30 new hours for the Rank I.

 

 

 

CORE COURSES (15 HOURS)

EDAD 585 FUNDAMENTALS OF SCHOOL ADMIN

SPED/EDAD 620 SEMINAR IN ADMINISTRATION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION

SPED/EDAD 625 PRACTICUM IN ADMINISTRATION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION

SPED/EDAD 630 – SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW AND FINANCE

EDAD 677 SCHOOL LAW

 

Total Required for Certification Only – 15 hours for Level I

 

 

LEVEL II DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL EDUCATION - 6 Additional Hours Required for Level II Director of Special Education

 

 

REQUIRES ALL LEVEL I COURSES IN ADDITION TO 6 HOURS:

EDAD 686 PRINCIPLES OF SUPERVISION

EDAD 598 FIELD PRACTICUM IN DOSE

 

 

Note that Candidates must apply for and have a separate program of study on file to be recommended for Level II.

 

Contact Program Coordinator for the Director of Special Education, Dr. Gail Kirby, for additional information gail.kirby@wku.edu  270-745-3746

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 Last Modified 9/27/16