Director of Special Education, Rank I (0426)


Program Coordinator

Elizabeth G. Kirby,, (270) 745-3746

This 30 hour program leads to eligibility for administrative certification as a Level I Director of Special Education and a Rank I.


  • Director of Special Education Level I (KDS1)
  • Director of Special Education Level II (KDS2)

Program Admission

  1. Submit an application to the Graduate School, including a copy of current, valid teaching certificate for exceptional children or school psychologist.
  2. Submit documentation of a master's degree from an accredited institution.
  3. Submit current vita/resume and letter of application indicating goals, and a statement verifying that he/she has completed at least 3 years of full-time appropriate teaching experience with exceptional children or as a school psychologist.
  4. Submit documentation of three years full-time appropriate teaching experience with exceptional children or as a school psychologist.
  5. Submit documentation of a 3.2 GPA or above on all graduate course work.

Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.

Program Requirements (30-36 hours)

Prerequisite Courses
Graduate level Research Methods course completed within the past 10 years3
Introductory Special Education course completed within the past 10 years3
Select 6 hours of Graduate Level Curriculum Course from the following:6
Organization of Elementary School Curriculum
Middle Grades Curriculum
Leading Teaching and Learning (or an advisor-approved curriculum course)
Total Hours12
Level I
EDAD 585Fundamentals of School Administration3
EDAD 677Legal Issues for Professional Educators3
EDAD 620Seminar in Administration of Special Education3
EDAD 625Practicum in the Administration of Special Education3
EDAD 630Special Education Law and Finance3
SPED 533Seminar: Curriculum for Learning and Behavior Disorders 13
or SPED 535 Curriculum for Individuals with Moderate and Severe Disabilities
or SPED 615 Instructional Strategies and Design for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
ELED 503Organization of Elementary School Curriculum 13
SEC 580Curriculum 13
or MGE 571 Middle Grades Curriculum
EDAD 682School-Community Relations 13
or SPED 532 Families, Professionals and Exceptionalities
SPED 518Seminar: Contemporary Challenges in Special Education 13
or SPED 618 Social Skills Instruction & Behavioral Programming for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
or PSY 519 Psychological Perspectives on Classroom Behavior
or PSY 540 Behavior Problems of Childhood and Adolescence
Level II
EDAD 598Field-Based Experience in Educational Administration3
EDAD 686Principles of Supervision3
Total Hours30-36

Students may not use a course used as a prerequisite.  Other equivalent course may be approved by advisor.

Filing a CA-1 requesting Rank I requires completion of a minimum of 60 semester hours of graduate credit including the master's degree. Within these total hours the student must complete the required professional courses as outlined in a planned program designed to provide the student with appropriate administrative competencies and courses required for certification. Students must be admitted to the program and have a program of study on file with teacher certification to be eligible for a recommendation of certification.