Director of Special Education License

Today’s students require leaders who are passionate about addressing the quality of education for all students—no matter their individual gifts, abilities, or needs.

Bethel’s Director of Special Education license program is designed for preparing administrators to serve in this unique call, giving them the tools to educate and care for students with disabilities in their district.

With a program retention rate of 97%, working professionals in our program find that our professors strike the balance between challenging work and personal support.

Who is the Director of Special Education license for?

This license is for educators who have 3 years of teaching experience in special education and want to serve as a licensed director of special education. If you don’t have the required 3 years of teaching experience, you can add a teaching internship to meet that requirement.

The program builds skills in these key areas:

  • Leadership
  • Organizational management and communication
  • Diversity leadership
  • Policy, law, political influence, and governance
  • Community relations
  • Curriculum planning and development
  • Human resources management
  • Values and ethics of leadership
  • Judgment and problem analysis
  • Safety and security
  • Resource allocation

How is the program structured?

The Director of Special Education license program is offered through our cohort-based model completed over 3 years where students move through their course work with the same group of peers. All students also participate in an internship in their local area.

  • Doctorate track: Earn your Director of Special Education license along with an educational administration license as part of the Doctor of Education program.
  • License-only track: Earn only the Director of Special Education license.

Students complete their course work online during the traditional school year and through 2-week residencies in the summer. Take a look at the sample schedule to get a feel for the typical program structure:

Year 1 Courses
Summer residency (2 weeks) Historical, Cultural, and Philosophical Issues Impacting School Administration (EDUC800)
Online courses Principles of Organizational Leadership (EDUC805)
  Curriculum and Instructional Management, and Student Development (EDUC810)
  Technology in K-12 Education (EDUC815)
Year 2 Courses
Summer Residency (2 weeks) Leading in a Complex and Pluralistic Society (EDUC825)
Online courses Administration of Essential Educational Programs (EDUC830)
  Measurement and Assessment (EDUC835)
  Administrative Operations and Personnel Administration (EDUC840)
Year 3 Courses
Online courses Leaders as Agents of Change (EDUC855)
  Legal Issues in School Administration  (EDUC860)
  Resource Management in K-12 Education (EDUC865)
Scheduled independently Comprehensive Examination and Portfolio Review (EDUC880)
  Director of Special Education Internship (EDUC889)
  Special Education Policy. Law, and Finance (EDUC875)
  Special Education Organizational Management (EDUC876)

Courses primarily built upon the core, director of special education, principal, and superintendent competencies as identified in Minnesota Statute 3512.0400.

How is the license awarded?

The Director of Special Education license is awarded through the Minnesota Board of School Administrators after completing all required steps, including:

  • Director of Special Education Internship: A paid or unpaid school-based experience of at least 320 hours to be completed over 12 continuous months. Students are placed in their local area.
  • Electronic Portfolio: A portfolio demonstrating skills learned throughout the program through audio, video, and other forms of electronic documentation.
  • License Review Panel: A panel of practicing administrators and program directors reviews each student based on their eFolio, a presentation, and a question and answer session with the panel. A license application process is initiated for students who meet the standards. Students who do not meet the standards will work with their director and advisor to reinforce skills that need improvement.