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Director of Special Education License

Special education is about more than meeting students’ needs. It’s about recognizing gifts and helping students reach their full potential.

Today’s students require leaders who are passionate about addressing the quality of education for all students. Bethel’s Director of Special Education licensure program is designed to prepare administrators to serve in this important call. You’ll gain the tools to educate and care for students with disabilities in your district.

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Our Director of Special Education License prepares you to best serve students and their families. You’ll be ready for leadership in an administrative role as you build skills in problem-solving, organizational management and communication, resource allocation, allocation, and policy.

Delivery Online
Location St. Paul
Credits 40
Tuition per Credit $780
Estimated Total Tuition $31,200*

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Program Highlights

High program success rate

With a program retention rate of 97%, our students find that they can continue to serve as administrators or teachers while earning their license.

Two-track license options

You can choose to earn just your K-12 principal license or earn your license as part of completing Bethel's Doctor of Education program.

Additional requirement assistance

If you don’t have the required 3 years of special education experience, you can add a special education internship to meet the requirement.


Many of our doctoral students work full time, have families, and are involved in their community while in graduate school. Our program is delivered primarily online with a yearly one-week residency with flexible options, which allows you to add coursework to your other responsibilities in ways that make sense for you.


Our Director of Special Education License will help you take the lead in ensuring students with disabilities have the resources and services they need to succeed.


Learn how to:

  • Understand special education policies and laws
  • Apply leadership values and ethics to your decisions
  • Allocate resources for efficient delivery of services
  • Communicate effectively with community members
  • Plan and develop curriculum
  • Maintain a safe and secure environment for all students
  • Serve diverse students and their families with cultural competence