Special Education Supervisory Certification

Shippensburg University's Special Education Supervisory Certification Program is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. It has also been recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as a Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership program.

What Will I Learn?

CAEP LogoYou will learn:

  • Skills necessary to be an effective special education supervisor
  • Strategies to support the diverse needs of students, families and staff
  • Communication techniques to address contemporary school leadership challenges

Core courses provide a blend of theory and practical experiences to develop effective leadership knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Supervision and evaluation
  • Curriculum, instruction and assessment
  • Special education school law
  • Finance
  • Educational leadership preparation

What are the requirements for this degree?

Applicants must have:

  • An official transcript for a master’s degree from an institution other than Shippensburg University
  • A statement of purpose for seeking special education supervisory certification
  • Recommendation forms:
    • One from an administrator in a school you currently teach or have recently taught
    • One from the chief school administrator

In addition to the five foundational courses required for the program, you are required to complete two field experiences with the support of your school/district mentor and a university supervisor. The field experience totals 180 leadership hours over one semester in concert with your full-time positions.

The Graduate Catalog provides details about program requirements.

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

The Special Education Supervisory Certification Program prepares you to work as a special education supervisor.

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have on Campus?

All of the courses are taught by former administrators in the field of educational leadership. You will get to know your professors and they will mentor you toward potential career options.

The program is designed for students who are full-time educators. Courses are offered on weeknights and weekends to accommodate your schedule. The courses require you to be engaged in leadership activities in your professional setting throughout the program, including:

  • Developing a community project
  • Shadowing an administrator
  • Analyzing a curricular resource
  • Exploring IEP development
  • Creating a building-level budget