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.


Connect with our admission team to see if you're prepared with the required prerequisites. Submit your email address below and we'll send you the DSEPS course sequence plan.

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
  • Accelerated program completed in just five months
  • 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.

Admission Requirements

Carroll University Master of Science in Educational Leadership Graduates

Students who have successfully completed the Carroll University Educational Leadership program must submit an application for admission and updated professional resume only.

  1. Graduate Studies Application
    • When filing the application, please choose the following:
      • Intended major: Dir. of Spec. Ed. and Pupil Services
      • Admission type: Graduate/non-degree
  2. Professional resume
    • The resume may be emailed directly to Kyle Jones, assistant director of graduate admission, at

All Other Applicants

Minimum Requirement: Applicants must hold a master's degree and a Wisconsin Administrator – Principal and/or Director of Instruction license. Those without the appropriate license are encouraged to review the Education Leadership program details to become eligible.

Admission decisions will be based on submission and evaluation of:

  1. Graduate Studies Application
    • When filing the application, please choose the following:
      • Intended major: Dir. of Spec. Ed. and Pupil Services
      • Admission type: Graduate/non-degree
  2. Official undergraduate transcript, verifying completion of undergraduate degree and grade point average from an accredited college or university*
  3. Official graduate transcripts from any graduate courses completed within the past seven years and those indicating degree completion*
  4. Professional resume

*Official transcripts must be mailed to the Carroll University Office of Admission directly at:

Carroll University
Office of Admission
100 N. East Avenue
Waukesha, WI 53186

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