Director of Special Education License

Director of Special Education License


With a license to be a director of special education, you’ll be prepared to lead schools and districts where all students reach their full potential.

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Discover what’s next. In Bethel’s Director of Special Education License program, you’ll grow into a leader who is passionate about ensuring a quality education for all students. This program is designed to prepare administrators to serve in this important calling. You’ll build your knowledge base and refine your skills to educate and care for students with a range of abilities in your district. Along with being prepared to meet student needs, you’ll motivate them to meet their goals, reach their potential, and live a meaningful life.

Program Details

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, and policy.

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Program Highlights

High program success rate

With a strong program retention rate, our students find that they can continue to serve as administrators or teachers while earning their licenses.

Two-track license options

You can choose to earn just our director of special education license or earn your license as part of completing Bethel's Ed.D. in K-12 Administration program.

Additional requirement assistance

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


Our programs are predominantly completed online, and most students work full time, have families, and are involved in their community. Courses start every eight weeks, allowing you to start your program at any time throughout the year.

Career Outcomes


Our Director of Special Education License will help you take the lead in ensuring students 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 effective 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
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