Information on course substitutions:

Previous graduate coursework may be substitutable for select courses in the Director of Exceptional Needs curriculum. Your specific circumstance will be evaluated by a member of the faculty at the time of admission.

Program Curriculum:

While course sequencing is generally patterned, the curriculum is sufficiently flexible that a person can begin coursework in any semester or over the summer, although a fall start is generally optimum.

Director of Exceptional Needs Required Coursework

EDLR 605 Philosophy of Education - 3 hours. Educational theories and practices are analyzed using the concepts and skills of philosophy.

EDLR 650 Foundations of Educational Leadership - 3 hours. Emphasis on theories of leadership, management aspects of leadership, vision building, professional ethics, working with groups, educational program development, and the political, social, cultural, and legal aspects related to educational leadership.

EDLR 655 Legal Aspects of School Administration - 3 hours. Origin and development of school law with emphasis given to its application in contemporary school problems. 

EDLR 656 School and Community: Collaborating for Effective Schools - 3 hours. Fundamental principles of school administration with emphasis placed upon the application of principles to the local administrative units.

EDLR 751 Administration of School Personnel - 3 hours. A study of the policies and practices of personnel administration in schools. The role of the personnel administrator in organization manpower planning, compensation, recruitment, induction, appraisal, development, continuity, security, and standards are important features of this course.

EDLR 754 School Business Administration - 3 hours. A study of current practices and theory in the administration of school business affairs. The role of the school business administrator in budgeting, accounting, purchasing, personnel, facilities, transportation, food services, collective bargaining, financing, insurance, and computer services are some of the features of this course.

EDLR 759 Seminar in School Superintendency - 3 hours. A study of contemporary problems of the school superintendent in the areas of leadership, community politics, organizational structure, and relationships with internal and external publics.

SPED 674 Administration of Special Education - 3 hours. Methods of selection and placement, requirements of personnel, in-service training of teachers, problems of supervision, and problems of relationships of special to regular classes.

SPED 684 Internship in Administration - 3 hours. An internship experience for selected students in administration with both field supervision and University supervision.

SPED 698 Advanced Topics in Special Education - 3 hours. This course is devoted to the study of advanced topics in special education, such as: a) secondary level academic programming, b) professional issues, c) consultation strategies, d) special education law, and e) early childhood special education.

Choose from one of the following

EPSY 621 Development Through the Lifespan - 3 hours. Students will undertake a thorough examination of developmental changes that occur throughout life. In addition to milestones of development, mechanisms of development and psycho-educational strategies to facilitate optimal development are considered.

OR
an approved equivalent

Choose from one of the following

CIMT 610 Research in Education - 3 hours. Instruction in the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to plan and understand research. Topics include library use, scientific methodology, observation, measurement, selection of a question, design, data collection, analysis of data, and generalization from data.

COUN 620 Foundations of Research - 3 hours. Instruction in behavioral research. Topics covered include scientific methodology, measurement, observation, data collection, statistical analyses, design of experiments, interpretation of and generalization from data.

EPSY 620 Foundations of Qualitative and Quantitative Research - 3 hours. Introduction to qualitative and quantitative research methodologies in behavioral sciences. Topics covered include scientific methodology; measurement; evaluation; quantitative/qualitative designs; data collection; data analysis; interpretation of and generalization from data.

OR
an approved equivalent.

Choose from one of the following

SPED 601 Education of Exceptional Children -3 hours. Focuses on different types of exceptional children and how they may best be educated through the school program. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

SPED 607 Diversity and Disability in Today’s Schools-3 hours. A study of diversity and disability in the classroom. Emphasis on how teachers must account for the special differences a variety of students bring to the learning environment. Special techniques on how to create a classroom environment in which the diversity of the group and the uniqueness of individuals are recognized and celebrated. Includes integration of national and state standards into planning to teach diverse learners. Field experience integrated with pedagogical knowledge of teaching.

OR
approved equivalent.