Special Education Administration

The Special Education Administration concentration within the Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership area supports the mission of the School of Education by providing initial preparation and continuing education for those who wish to serve in leadership positions in the field of special education.

This program prepares leaders to direct special education programs in local school divisions, state education agencies, and other settings. It also addresses the critical shortage of Ph.D. faculty to meet special education needs in educator preparation programs by producing graduates for higher education faculty positions specializing in high incidence disabilities.  The special education concentration focuses on improving outcomes for students with disabilities through access to general education curriculum with emphases on evidence-based and culturally responsive practices and collaborative service delivery.   The program includes a strong foundation in law, policy, leadership, and organizational dynamics, as well as a rigorous research core.  In consultation with their advisers, students also select one or two cognate sequences to support their career goals. 

  • Ph.D. Degree - Primary Career Intention: Professor of Special Education in teacher or leadership preparation areas, Program Director, Office of Special Education Programs, US Dept. of Education, Researcher/policy analyst for agency serving individuals with disabilities/disability studies, Program Evaluator
  • Ed.D. Degree - Primary Career Intention: Director/Coordinator of Special Education for local school district, Special education administrator for a state education agency, Director of specialized school or regional programs for individuals with disabilities, Transition Coordinator, Parent Education Specialist, Professor of Special Education.