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Special Education Director Certification

Pave the way to a brighter future

As a special education director, you will lead a district in providing services for students with complex, diverse and resource-intensive needs. Your duties will include setting standards and goals, ensuring compliance, motivating teachers and staff, writing grants and more. You will also be advocating and mediating special education issues within your community.

If you are enrolled in our Education Specialist in Administration degree program, you can prepare for this challenging and rewarding career by earning Missouri certification as a Special Education Director (K-12). This certification comprises two 3-credit courses and a 3-credit field experience in addition to the requirements of the Masters or Education Specialist in Administration degree.

Certification Requirements

  • Enrolled in Master of Education or Education Specialist in Administration degree
  • Pass Missouri building-level administrator’s examination
  • Hold teaching certification in an area of special education or student services


These courses are taught online twice a year and are eight weeks long.

  • EDU537 - Special Education Administration
  • EDU538 - Leadership and Management of Instructional Curricula in Special Education Programs
  • EDU591 - Special Education Field Experience

About the field experience

The field experience course is intended as the conclusion of the certification sequence of courses in this degree. You are required to take it after finishing the field experience course in your masters or Education Specialist in Administration degree program and after the rest of the Special Education Director certification courses. Contact us for further details on the timing of courses and field experience.

The William Woods difference

At William Woods, you’ll be participating in an education graduate program known for its excellence and for providing a significant number of the leaders in Missouri’s state school system. Our education graduate students are well-prepared and continue to score well on state administrative certification tests. As one of these students, you will have the opportunity to learn from active practitioners in the field and make the connections you need for leadership and career growth.

  • Over 140 years of academic excellence
  • Schedules designed for working professionals
  • Convenient evening class locations
  • Top 100 Midwest University - U.S. News and World Report
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association


The quality of the education at William Woods made the certification tests a snap.

— Ryan Neal, M. Ed., Ed. S., Ed. D., Adjunct Professor, Graduate Program

A network of excellence

A high percentage of our students are building level administrators, central office administrators, superintendents, special education directors, curriculum directors, instructional coaches, and professional development coordinators in the Missouri school system. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from practitioners like these and form connections that later may lead to job opportunities.

Admissions Information

Learn more about graduate admissions requirements, deadlines, tuition and financial aid available to you.