Director of Special Education Endorsement

NLU offers coursework suitable for candidates interesting in earning the State of Illinois Director of Special Education endorsement.

Candidates for this endorsement must have:

  • An Illinois Professional Education License (PEL) already endorsed in an ISBE-approved administrative field
  • Documentation of a minimum of two years of full time special education teaching (LBSI) on a valid Illinois license as the teacher of record withing a Pre K-age 21 (common schools) experience or service within a Pre K-age 21 (common schools) experience as a school social worker, school psychologist or speech language pathologist on a valid IL license
  • A master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution
  • Completed 30 SH of relevant coursework, as described below
  • Passed the TAP or ISBE-approved alternative
  • Passed the Director of Special Education content test (#180)

Required Courses

Four Required Areas of Coursework

In accordance with ISBE requirements, candidates must take one course in each of the following areas:

  • The supervision of programs for children with disabilities
  • Special education law
  • Special education finance
  • Cross-categorical special education methods
The below coursework fulfills ISBE's criteria.
SPE 561Administration and Supervision of Programs for Exceptional Children, Adolescents and Young Adults

3

SPE 549Legal Aspects of Administration and Supervision of Programs for Exceptional Children, Adolescents

3

SPE 544School Finance for Special Education Administrators

3

SPE 527Differentiated and Individualized Curriculum and Instruction

3

Additional Coursework

ISBE requires that candidates for the Director of Special Education endorsement take the remainder of their 30 semester hours of coursework in any of the following areas:

  • Curricular adaptations/modifications and/or assistive technology
  • Facilitation of the least restrictive environment for all students
  • Characteristics of students with disabilities
  • Collaboration of parents and school personnel
  • Educational and psychological diagnosis and remedial techniques

The below courses are aligned with one or more of these areas.

SPE 500Introduction to Exceptional Children and Adolescents

3

SPE 501Educational and Diagnostic Assessment of Exceptional Children and Adolescents

3

SPE 503Collaborative and Consultative Teaming and Teaching

3

SPE 506Frameworks, Perspectives, and Collaboration in Special Education

3

SPE 507Methods of Social/Emotional Support

3

SPE 508Literacy Across the Curriculum for Students with Disabilities

3

SPE 509Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners

3

SPE 523Teaching Students with Math Disabilities

3

SPE 545Assistive Technology

2

SPE 572Practicum I

2 OR 3

Note: SPE 572 should be taken for 2 semester hours.