Degrees & Programs

Educational Leadership

FAQs for Director of Exceptional Needs Licensure Program
  • Who may be interested in this licensure program?

    The licensure is open to anyone who is interested in special education leadership. Completion of this program will result in an Indiana license for Director of Exceptional Needs. Click here for more information.

  • How long does the program take to complete?

    Coursework generally takes 2 years to complete. However, it is possible to complete coursework in less time. The minimum time for completion is a year.

  • Who usually pursues this certificate?

    A wide variety of school professionals including:

    – Public and private school teachers;
    – School leaders including special education coordinators, principals, department heads, school psychologists and others

    Candidates for this program must hold a professional license in one of the following areas: special education, communication disorders, or school psychology. Candidates must have a master’s degree or be enrolled in a master’s program. You will need to apply for the program here.

  • Are all of the courses online?

    Currently, there are three courses in this program that are taken as a cohort: A675, A735, and A695. The cohort begins in Spring of each year with A675, Leadership in Special Education. This course meets one day a month from January to May at a location in Indianapolis. The second course, A735, Unified Systems meets for a full week in the summer in Bloomington. The final course, A695 is a fall practicum and is completed in the student’s home district.

    All other courses for this licensure can be taken outside of the cohort at the student’s convenience.

  • How many credits is the program?

    The Director of Special Education licensure program is 21 credits (exceptions are School Psychology and Communication Disorder majors who may require additional special education courses).

  • When does the next cohort begin?

    We begin new cohorts every January.

  • Can I transfer any credits into the Ed.D. program?

    Yes, many students complete the Director of Exceptional Needs licensure program and also enroll in the Ed.D. Educational Leadership program. Students who intend to complete both the Director’s license and Ed.D. should consult with Dr. Sandi Cole cmcole@indiana.edu.

  • Can I transfer any credits into the online Education Law Certificate program?

    Yes, many students complete the Director of Exceptional Needs licensure program and also enroll in the online Education Law Certificate program. Because special education is the most litigious area in schools, many students opt to complete two additional courses (A615, A710) to improve their legal literacy and obtain an education law specialization to add to their resumes. Students who intend to complete both the Director’s license and Education Law Certificate should consult with Dr. Janet Decker deckerjr@indiana.edu.

  • How much does the program cost?

    As of 2016, IU in-state tuition for a graduate student is $420/credit (out-of-state is $1,420/credit). Students should check the Student Central for future increases.

  • Can I take a course before being formally admitted to your program?

    It is possible to take up to two courses before being formally admitted but students who start the program before being formally admitted are not guaranteed admission. If a student is not admitted into the Special Education Leadership Program, s/he might be able to transfer these courses into another university. Please contact Cindy Wedemeyer at cwedemey@indiana.edu to discuss this option.

  • How high is your program ranked?

    According to U.S. News and World Report, we are ranked as the #13 Educational Leadership Program in the U.S. (and the highest ranked program in the state).

  • How long will it take for an admission decision?

    It will generally take 6-8 weeks after your full application is complete.

  • Who will teach the Licensure courses?

    Typically, your 3 Exceptional Needs cohort courses (i.e., A675, A735, and A695) will be taught by Dr. Sandi Cole, Director of the Center on Education and Lifelong Learning and the program coordinator for the Special Education Leadership program. Your non-cohort courses will generally be taught by full-time faculty members at Indiana University. Our professors have worked as teachers, principals, superintendents, lawyers, and have published widely in their areas of expertise. Several of the faculty members have been school and district administrators in Indiana and/or other states.

  • Do I need to take the GRE?

    No.

  • What do you look for in an applicant?

    We consider your undergraduate and if relevant, any graduate grades as well as your personal statement and recommendations. We are interested in students with a genuine interest in special education leadership issues who demonstrate strong academic abilities.

  • Who oversees this program?

    The program is coordinated by Dr. Sandi Cole, Director of the Center on Education and Lifelong Learning at Indiana University. Please feel free to contact her (cmcole@indiana.edu) if you would like additional information.