Director of Special Education and Pupil Services

Education needs leaders who understand and advocate for policies and programs that create positive learning environments for all students. We’ll help you become that leader. Our Director of Special Education and Pupil Services Licensure program provides instructional leaders with the knowledge and skills to transform educational systems to meet the educational needs of all learners.

Professionals who complete the program will be prepared to implement strong K-12 learning environments which meet the educational needs of the most advanced to the most striving of learners. School districts in the area look to hire dozens of principals and district administrators each year who are ready to reimagine systems and remove barriers for all students in learning communities—prepare yourself to fill that need.


You're ready to do more. Our project- and performance-based program will expand your leadership theory and skills.

  • Eight credit add-on license
  • Learning Community model builds a supportive, close-knit learning environment
  • Flexible combination of face-to-face and online learning
  • Reflects Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Special Education Administration (SEA) standards and each set of the seven Wisconsin Administrator Standard's Content Guidelines for Director of Special Education and Pupil Services (80) Licensure

About the Program

Throughout the DSEPS licensure program, students explore and execute organizational change principles. Coursework with data, research methods, technology and information systems lead students to create long-range, continuous improvement plans for a school or district through the lens of pupil services. Operational planning and problem-solving skills are developed through coursework, preparing students to succeed in practicum sections of the program. Historical and contemporary national and state legislation and funding systems that support organizational and leadership reforms related to pupil services are another key focus of program coursework.

During the first practicum of the program, students analyze and build their own leadership theory as they gain insight into everyday school operations through observation of school leaders. Self-discovery and development are measured through a self-assessment and a personalized learning plan. The second practicum focuses on learning how all stakeholders of a school community including teachers, non-certified staff, students, administrators, support staff and external organizations relate to and support inclusive learning environments.

Meeting Dates

Saturdays, 8 a.m.–12 p.m.

  • Fall 2021
    • September 11
    • October 2
    • November 6
    • December 4
  • Spring 2022
    • February 5
    • March 5
    • April 2
    • April 30

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