Supervisor of Special Education

This program is a cooperative effort of the Education Leadership Program and the Special Education Program of the Saint Joseph’s Graduate Education Unit. It combines the strength of two programs for the preparation of tomorrow’s leaders in inclusive schools. Students take coursework in organizational culture, management functions, curriculum and supervision, research and measurement, and gain additional expertise in elementary/secondary and special education (K-12).

The Supervisor of Special Education Certification Program requires 24 credits, which can be taken in conjunction with the M.S. in Education degree program (36 credits). In addition, by taking a few additional courses, Special Education Supervisor candidates can obtain a Curriculum Supervisor and/or a Principal’s Certification. Students are urged to maintain continued contact with the Special Education Department Chair to assure certification program compliance. Students must be formally admitted into the Special Education Supervisory Program for certification eligibility. In the event that certain content is missing in a student’s transcript, prerequisite courses may be deemed necessary before the Supervisory Certification Program can commence.

Learning Goals and Outcomes

Goal 1: The student will demonstrate an understanding of and the ability to promote the success of all P-12 students by facilitating the shared school vision of learning supported by the stakeholders.

Objective 1.1: The student will collaboratively develop a shared vision of learning for a school that promotes the success of all P-12 students.

Objective 1.2: The student will articulate the components of this vision for a school and the leadership processes necessary to implement and support the vision.

Goal 2: The students will demonstrate an understanding of how to articulate a plan for a school culture that is conducive to P-12 student learning.

Objective 2.1: The student will create and evaluate a comprehensive, rigorous, and coherent curricular and instructional school program.

Objective 2.2: The student will develop a plan for the future supervision of the instructional and leadership capacity.

Goal 3: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the role of Special Education within the school and school district.

Objective 3.1: The student will demonstrate knowledge of the needs of Special Education programs in relation to budgeting and curriculum and instruction.

Objective 3.2: The student will demonstrate an understanding of standardized testing results for students with IEPs.

Certification Requirements

  • Pass PRAXIS Test 10410: Supervisor-Principal-Educational Leadership (
  • A valid Special Education teaching certificate
  • At least 5 years of full-time teaching experience as a certified special education teacher
Required Certification Courses
EDL 665Transformational Leadership3
EDL 670Human Resources & Prof Growth3
EDL 685Leading School Curriculum3
EDL 690Equitable Fiscal Allocation3
SPE 621Law, Pol & Proced for SE Sup3
SPE 622Admin & Supv:Spec Ed Progs3
SPE 690
Required Fieldwork
SPE 623Advanced Fieldwork/Seminar3
SPE 624Adv Super & Curr Fieldwk/Sem3