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Design, implement, supervise and assess special education programs and services with CU’s Rank 1 director of special education online certificate.

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Program Details

Next Start Date: January 7th
Course Length: 8 Weeks
Estimated Length: 1 Year
Credit Hours: 18 (30 for Rank I MASI program)
Cost Per Credit: $399
Accreditation: CAEP

Director of Special Education – Rank 1 Overview

The director of special education online certificate from Campbellsville University provides you with critical leadership skills to impact student learning and advance your career in special education. The program is perfect for those seeking opportunities outside of the classroom, including careers as a special education administrator or program director.

Through the online certification, you’ll explore the best practices related to planning, continuous improvement and quality in special education. You will also discover the legal and ethical aspects of professional practice in American public schools, as well as the administrative responsibilities for special education leadership and supervision. In addition, a practicum course provides supervised field experience in the functions of a director of special education, such as ensuring policies and procedures are enforced, budgeting and the utilization of support services.

If you wish to complete the Level II certification, you will additionally study the theories of learning, effective curriculum planning, instruction and assessment and how to identify and analyze the causes and consequences of issues associated with the delivery of services to students with disabilities. You will also be able to choose from a variety of electives, including contemporary social issues, human development and sociology of deviant behavior.

Our Rank I director of special education online program is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The fully online degree offers the flexibility and convenience of being able to complete coursework when it best fits your schedule and is additionally taught by faculty members who have real-world experience in the special education field.

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Course Map

Campbellsville’s director of special education online program can be completed in as little as one year. The certification is 18 credit hours. If taken with the Rank I Master of Arts in School Improvement program, it is 30 credits.


Admissions Requirements

In order to apply to Campbellsville University’s accredited director of special education online certificate, prospective students must submit or complete the following:

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Master’s degree or planned fifth-year program
  3. Official college transcripts confirming a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or a 3.0 on the last 30 hours
  4. Copy of valid teaching certificate
  5. Professional Growth Plan currently on file with the district of employment
  6. Self-disposition
  7. Letter of recommendation from a building or district administrator documenting one of the following:
    1. Three or more years of teaching in special education
    2. One year as a special education teacher and two years as a school psychologist
    3. Three years of experience as a speech language pathologist
  8. Signed copy of the Kentucky Code of Ethics
  9. Character and Fitness
  10. Diversity Survey
  11. CAP application
  12. Signed copy of the curriculum contract/guide sheet

Costs & Financial Aid

The director of special education online certificate costs $399 per credit hour. In order to help students afford their education, Campbellsville University’s staff is available to work with students to discover available financial aid options.


Careers in Special Education

After graduating from the program, you can pursue a career as a director of special education. PayScale reports that the median salary for the position is $74,203 per year. Depending on location, experience and the institution, median wages range from approximately $48,500 to $108,500 annually.


Why CU Online?

Focused on Your Growth

Our well-rounded education in the arts and sciences is central to our goal of fostering your personal and professional growth.

Faith-Based Education

Founded in 1906 as a Christian university, we welcome diverse perspectives and prepare students to become Christian servant leaders.

Affordable and Convenient

Campbellsville seeks to provide an affordable education for its students. Our online degree programs are in a convenient format so you can study whenever and wherever you want.

Accreditation

Campbellsville University is traditionally fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Benefits of Learning Online

Campbellsville University offers several dynamic online degrees so that students can continue their education and hone their skills. Campbellsville’s online campus has been recognized as one of the best by numerous outlets. The institution’s faculty members have real-world experience in their fields, so students can get a glimpse of working in their prospective career. Students can also conveniently fit online coursework into their busy schedules.


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