Special Education Supervisor Certification Program
Drexel University School of Education - Online
In the current education system, demand is high for school administrative leaders who understand the needs of students requiring special education. Many school districts nationwide are reporting difficulty with finding individuals with adequate training to lead these special needs programs. Additionally, legislation emphasizing training and employment for individuals with disabilities, and educational reforms requiring higher standards for graduation have increased demand for knowledgeable, certified supervisors.
Special Education Supervisor Job Responsibilities
Special education supervisors develop educational plans for students with special needs and they work closely with teachers, parents and other school administrators to provide the best education experience possible.
Special education supervisors coordinate the activities of teachers and support staff for school special education programs. As administrators, they provide leadership and utilize decision-making skills to oversee the instructional programs and offerings for an entire school, district, or system.
Special education supervisors interact with other school administrators, faculty, social workers, counselors and psychologists, therapists, and other professionals that provide special education services to develop academic plans suited to students at the school. These supervisors also perform a variety of administrative tasks related to policy implementation, compliance with legal regulations, and maintaining educational standards.
The online Supervisor of Special Education Supervisor certification program is designed to prepare students to be supervisors of special education programs. Those who complete the program are equipped with the advanced skills, knowledge, and competencies to head initiatives that meet the needs of students at risk for and with disabilities in a variety of environments.
Special Education Supervisor Certification Enrollment Requirements
This certification program is for individuals who possess a valid PA Instructional I or Instructional II Teaching Certificate and who have a minimum of five years of professional school experience in special education or a related field. It is ideal for teachers who want to qualify for the Pennsylvania state Supervisor of Special Education certification.
Additional Admissions Criteria
- A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (graduate degree GPA will be considered along with undergraduate GPA)
- If you do not meet this requirement, you’re still encouraged to apply and your file will be reviewed on an individual basis by the Program Director
- PA teacher certification (for those seeking PA Supervisor of Special Education Certification)
With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting Drexel Online's Completing Your Application Guide.
- A completed application
- Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
- Two letters of recommendation (professional or academic)
- An essay describing why you're interested in pursuing this program
- Proof of PA Certification (for those seeking PA Supervisor of Special Education Certification)
- Additional requirements for International Students
Special Education Supervisor Certification Courses & Curriculum
The online Supervisor of Special Education Supervisor certification program is part-time, flexible, and convenient. The program consists of 28 credits: 12 core credits and 16 Special Education Leadership concentration credits, organized in 10-week quarters. Candidates must also complete a minimum of 60 hours of field experience and a 300 hour supervised internship if seeking certification.
In addition to the required certification coursework, students will build a professional e-portfolio which displays their mastery of the knowledge, skills and competencies in the area of special education leadership.
Students who hold a master's degree in Special Education will find that this program builds upon their previous studies and allows them to seamlessly continue their education. Course descriptions may be found in the Drexel University Course Catalog.
How to Apply to the Special Education Supervisor Certification Program
The Special Education Supervisor certification program is offered 100% online. You can get started by filling out the Drexel Online application.