Course Descriptions - Director of Special Education Endorsement

SPED6600 Supervisor of Programs for Children with Disabilities      
3 semester hours
Study of the theory and practice of leadership in special education within the larger organizational system.  Develop an understanding of the responsibilities and potential challenges related to the organizational and administration, as well as balancing the fiscal and human resource structure, needed to run an effective special education program.  Current research on best practices and service delivery models of special education for the individual student through analysis and assessment of program functioning more broadly is covered.

SPED6670 Special Education Finance    
3 semester hours
This course will focus on financial management of special educational programs, taking the perspective of the student/family, the school, the district, the state, and the country.  Moreover, the course will provide an overview of how special education financial management fits into the larger financial needs of these same entities; this will allow the administrator to have perspective on how financial policy and sources of revenue affect all stakeholders.  Themes will include the financial impact of federal and state mandates and laws such as Child Find, 504, Response to Intervention, and IDEA as well as how these impact more school-based issues such as extended school year, transportation, and categorical funding.

SPED/EDU6680 School Leadership and the Law for Special Populations    
3 semester hours
This course blends the significant legal foundations for students with disabilities and English Language Learners (ELLs) which are instrumental to the development and implementation of Special Education and ELL programs, services, policies, and practices.  The legal foundations will be balanced with rich historical and philosophical perspectives.  The influence of specific legislation, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), No Child Left Behind (NCLB), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (504), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 23 IL Section 226 of the Administrative Code and the Illinois School Code will be intertwined with the relevant case law.  Candidates participate in a “Moot Court” simulation to demonstrate an understanding of the overall legal process impacting the decision making of the educational leader.  There will be an emphasis on ethical responsibilities, the development of core values, and informed decision making related to education, students with disabilities, and English Language Learners.

SPED6690 Current Research in Cross-Categorical Special Education Programming and Assessment   
3 semester hours
Current research on data-driven best practices and service delivery models of special education for the special education student through analysis and assessment of program functioning more broadly.  Explores the professional development process to keep special education teachers apprised of new advances, utilizing adult learning theories and addressing identification, service delivery, and use of assistive technology for special education.  This course stresses district-wide utilization of Response to Intervention and measurement of P-12 student learning with a particular focus on programming and assessment.