Special Education Administration

Today’s special education programs are in dire need of effective and visionary leaders to move programs from separate entities to ones more inclusive with the rest of the student population.

Known across the nation and world as a leader in special education, the University of Northern Colorado offers a non-degree licensure program in special education administration. The license will give you the skills you need to become an administrator in local school districts and alternative facilities that serve students with disabilities.

Program Themes

The course of study is based on students’ prior experience and education. You will get a broad base in all areas of special education as you focus on five themes:

  • Effective leadership/management
  • Collaborative Partnerships
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Systems of Accountability
  • Organizational Change

Program Overview

The non-degree licensure program in Special Education Administration provides for the initial preparation of special education administrators, and leads to a Colorado approved administrator license endorsed as a Director of Special Education K-12.

Students must meet all UNC Graduate School requirements, possess a Master's degree in education or a special service provider field, and have demonstrated a minimum of two years successful experience in the field of education. The program combines graduate level course work in the areas of special education, special education administration, and educational leadership/policy studies. An individually designed externship in special education administration, with a licensed special education director, is required to demonstrate program competencies.

This program is also available online via Extended Campus.