Administrator Pathway For Implementing Special Education Program


Course Enrollment

7 Weeks, 5-6 hours a week
100% Online
$350 or 2 installments of $175
Start Date
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Who is this program for?

As a school administrator, you play a vital role in ensuring that your school provides an inclusive environment for all students, including those with disabilities. This micro-credential program is carefully designed to equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively support and collaborate with teachers in implementing effective teaching strategies for students with disabilities.

Throughout the program, you will learn about various aspects of the special education program, including assessment and evaluation, individualized education plans (IEPs), evidence-based practices, and inclusive teaching strategies. You will also explore ways to effectively collaborate with teachers, parents, and other professionals to ensure that students with disabilities receive the support and accommodations they need to succeed in school.

By the end of this micro-credential, you will have gained a comprehensive understanding of the special education program and be better equipped to assist teachers in teaching students with disabilities. You will also have the opportunity to apply your learning in practical settings, through case studies and other real-world scenarios, to ensure that you can effectively support special education programs in your school.


Representative Job Titles

  • Principals
  • Assistant Principals
  • Director of Curriculum and Instruction
  • Director or Coordinator of Academic Inclusion

Why do Administrators need to support educators who teach students with disabilities?

Special education administrators are crucial for ensuring students with disabilities receive the support they need to succeed in school. As the demand for services increases and new technologies are implemented, the need for these administrators has grown. They manage budgets, develop curricula, ensure compliance with regulations, recruit and train staff, evaluate program effectiveness, and collaborate with other professionals to ensure success.

Importance of Leading and Supporting a Special Education Environment

Creating an Inclusive Environment
By providing support and guidance to teachers and staff, they can ensure that students with disabilities are not only included in the classroom but also given the necessary accommodations and support to succeed.
Improving Student Outcomes
By providing training and resources to teachers, monitoring progress, and collaborating with families and other professionals, leaders can help ensure that students with disabilities receive the support they need to succeed academically, socially, and emotionally.
Providing a Vision for the Future
Effective leaders in special education provide a vision for the future of the program that is aligned with the goals of the school and the needs of the community. By providing a clear and compelling vision for the future, leaders can help drive progress, foster innovation, and ultimately improve outcomes for students with disabilities.

Course Overview

34 Learning Videos
23 Quizzes
17 Case Studies

One problem in the education industry is that there are children in every school with learning disabilities, but not every school is equipped to meet the needs of all learners. This certificate addresses the gaps that exist in teaching skills that administrators and teachers must have to foster the success of exceptional learner programs.

Module 1Getting to Know and Educating All Learners in Your School

Module 2 - The Framework: Self-Assessment and Laying the Foundation

Module 3 - The Administrator’s Role in Inclusion

Module 4 - Recruiting and Retaining Effective Inclusive Educators

Module 5 - Barriers and Challenges (Expected and Unexpected)

Module 6 - Creating and Communicating a Place of Belonging

Module 7 - Goal Driven Implementation Planning for Sustainability

This program will equip learners with the following skills:

  • Analyzing and synthesizing multiple sources of data to make decisions
  • Collaborating with other members of the school community to build the knowledge and skills of educators
  • Resourcefulness to leverage the knowledge and skills of community members to build the program
  • Communicating clearly to the school community
  • Innovating situations to overcome barriers
  • Organizing resources, personnel, and events to build the program
  • Ability to think independently and communicate plan effectively
  • Leadership to build consensus
  • Flexibility to accommodate change and modify when needed
  • Problem solving

This program will equip learners with the following work competencies:

  • Identify and describe a variety of common learning disabilities and their associated behaviors and/or attributes.
  • Demonstrate ways to communicate the culture and mission of inclusivity in all aspects of school communications and programs.
  • Apply findings from data collection and analysis to improve systems and protocols within the school community to promote academic inclusion.
  • Develop policies, procedures, protocols, and communications that counteract barriers to inclusion and proactively negate obstacles that might occur when creating a climate conducive to inclusion and a culture of belonging.
  • Describe a continuum of services within a multitiered framework of supports.

Still Have Questions?

What is the duration of the program and how much time is required each week?

This is a seven-week program that will require about 5 to 6 hours of dedicated time per week.

Will this micro-credential be transferrable for credit-hours?

No. Micro-credentials are not transferrable for credit. These are skills-based training programs that differ from a traditional college course.

Are there assignments and deadlines?

No, there are no assignment deadlines. There is, however, a prescribed pace for timely completion as learners will have a set number of weeks to complete the credential.

Do I have to attend classes at the same time each week?

Micro-credentials are self-paced and do not require the learner to attend class at a certain time each week. Learners should expect to spend 5-6 hours per week engaging with the course at their own pace. Select weeks will have optional webinars featuring industry experts.

What do I receive upon completion of this micro-credential?

Students will receive a certificate of completion.

Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

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