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Special Education Director (Licensure)

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An Online Licensure Preparation Program for Special Education Directors / Administrators

The Special Education Director is a post-master's, non-degree licensure program that will give you the skills to become a director or administrator in local school districts and facility schools that serve students with disabilities. This program is delivered completely online so that you can fit your studies around your work and family commitments.

UNC is a national and world leader in the field of Special Education, and we have designed this as a highly individualized program that you can tailor to your experience and your aspirations for the field.

Program outcomes center around five key themes:

  • Effective Leadership/Management
  • Strategic Thinking and Intervention
  • Collaborative Partnerships
  • Organizational Change
  • Systems of Accountability

Become a Leader For Inclusive Special Education

As a graduate of this program you will be highly qualified for Director of Special Education positions for school districts/cooperatives/facilities schools in Colorado and across the United States. You will become a special education leader who is prepared to thrive in a variety of organizational and cultural contexts. Transform programs from separate entities to ones that are more inclusive with the entire student population.

NOTE: If you are already needed in a Special Education Director or Assistant Director role in your district, Colorado school districts can apply for you to have Temporary Educator Eligibility (TEE) so that you can fulfill the position during your progression through this licensure program. Learn more: CDE TEE information.

More Resources

If you would like to earn this licensure as part of a degree program, or do not have your master's degree yet, check out our Educational Leadership & Special Education Administration (Master's or Educational Specialist; with Dual Licensure).

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Credits Required:
28-39 hours (see Courses & Requirements page)
Time to Completion:
1–2 years (depending on previous coursework)
$575/credit hour

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Program Coordinator:

Kristine Melloy


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