Director of Special Education Post-Master's Certificate
The Director of Special Education (DOSE) program at Illinois State is one of seven Illinois programs approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). This online program is designed to prepare educational professionals for leadership, organization, and administration of special education programs in Illinois.
Completion of this post-Master's, non-degree certificate program enables qualified individuals to meet ISBE standards leading to endorsement as a Director of Special Education. Application requires you to have a master's degree and a professional license in one of the following:
- Special Education
- School Psychology
- School Social Work
- Speech Language Pathology
- School Counseling
Additional admission requirements
We are seeking dynamic professionals who desire to promote positive school outcomes through a career as a special education administrator.
- meet approximately four weekends each academic semester virtually on Friday evenings and on Saturday mornings and early afternoons
- participate in other online learning activities throughout the semester
- complete 24 credit hours of advanced coursework including four-six hours of special education administration professional practice
- complete the program in approximately five semesters and have a high success rate of pasing the ISBE DOSE content area test
- may be required to complete an additional special education cross categorical instructional methods course depending on their Master's degree program content (e.g., school psychology, speech-language pathology, or social work).