Director of Exceptional Needs Licensure

Educational Leadership

Director of Exceptional Needs Licensure

This program prepares you for leadership roles in exceptional needs at the school and district levels.

To earn this license, candidates must:

  • Hold a master's degree in special education, communication disorders, or school psychology. A master's degree in educational leadership or other related field will suffice if the undergraduate degree is in special education, communicative disorders, or school psychology.
  • Have at least two years of full-time teaching experience
  • Complete the program course work, including 18 credit hours in educational leadership, three (3) credit hours in program evaluation and assessment
  • Application Deadlines
    Starting SemesterDeadline
    Fall Jun 1
    Spring Dec 1
    Summer Apr 1
    International students are encouraged to apply early to allow extra time for their materials to arrive.
  • Admission Requirements

    In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate Studies Office will accept unofficial transcripts and self-reported test scores for admission reviews. Any admission made with these documents would be conditioned on receipt of official documents, which should be provided as soon as possible.

    Note: If you are currently enrolled or have applied in the past year, you should qualify for an application fee waiver. Click here for criteria and how to obtain the waiver.

    1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
    2. Master’s degree from an accredited institution
    3. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 out of 4.00
    4. Completed online application that includes:
      • Personal statement
      • Resume
      • Two letters of recommendation
      • Minimum 79 TOEFL score or minimum 6.5 IELTS score (international students only)

    Learn more about how to apply

  • Program Requirements
    • Tuition and Fees

      Per credit hour

      IN Resident$450.93

      *Does not include fees, which will vary depending on the number of credits enrolled. Find more information and calculate your expected costs at Student Central.

    • Funding
      • Learn about the variety of fellowships and assistantships available to graduate students.
      • Visit Student Central for information about financial assistance.
      • Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.
      • Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit the Center for Veteran and Military Students to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.
    • Program of Study
      • Educational Leadership
        • A500 Introduction to Educational Leadership or A653 Organizational Context of Education
        • A608 Legal Perspectives on Education
        • A635 Public School Budgeting and Accounting or A631 Microeconomic Applications to Education
        • A676 Leading Special Education Programs in Education
        • A735 Building Unified Systems Inclusive of Students with Disabilities
        • A695 Practicum in Educational Leadership
      • Program Evaluation and Curriculum Assessment
        • J660 Evaluation of School Programs or Y535 Evaluation Models and Techniques

      A676, A695, and A735 are taken as a group. Students typically complete these courses by December of that year. Monthly meetings are part of this program and meet on a weekday from January–May and September-December, typically in the Indianapolis area.

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