Special Education Leadership Graduate Certificate
The Special Education Leadership graduate certificate will augment your ability to oversee and advocate for the growing number of students who need special education services.
The 15-credit graduate certificate is a non-licensure program. Students pursuing the non-licensure certificate only should apply to the Special Education Leadership Graduate Certificate.
The Education Leadership program offers a Master’s in Education Leadership with a concentration in Special Education as well and students interested in completing coursework for the Virginia Department of Education Administration and Supervision PK-12 license or a Master’s in Education Leadership should apply to the Masters in Education Leadership with a concentration in Special Education.
The certificate courses may also be applied as electives in the MEd in Special Education program or to the PhD in Education as a concentration area. Students planning to pursue both the MEd in Special Education and Certificate in Special Education Leadership are advised to apply to the MEd in Special Education program and, upon acceptance, contact their advisor to add the certificate program to their record. Students wishing to apply Special Education Leadership coursework to a PhD program should apply to the PhD program and, upon acceptance, discuss the certificate coursework with their PhD advisor.
Three Special Education Leadership options available at Mason. Students may complete the 15 credits of coursework for the Special Education Leadership certificate, a NON-LICENSURE program; the 24 credits of coursework for VDOE Administration and Supervision PK-12 licensure (must already hold a Master’s degree and have three years of teaching experience); or the 30 credits of coursework for the MEd with Special Education Leadership concentration, which includes coursework for VDOE administration and supervision PK-12 licensure and the Special Education Leadership certificate. Students completing options two or three may earn licensure by completing the 24 credits required for licensure (internship included) and passing the School Leaders Licensure Assessment.
Course requirements for the 15-credit Special Education Leadership certificate, a NON-LICENSURE program, are listed below. Students opting for this certificate will join a cohort in progress, when the Special Education program coursework starts.
- Students will have an opportunity each spring to join a cohort to complete the 15-credit Special Education Leadership certificate. The recommended application deadline is November 1. For more information, contact a Special Education advisor.
- EDSE 701: Legal Issues and Special Populations (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 702: Managing Resources for Special Education Programs (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 703: Creating a Collaborative Culture (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 743: Leadership in Special Education Administration (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 744: Current Issues in Special Education (3 credit hours)