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Graduate Certificate in Educational Administration: Director of Special Education

The Graduate Certificate in Educational Administration for licensure as a Director of Special Education is designed for students seeking a Director of Special Education license.

The Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Educational Administration: Director of Special Education Graduate Certificate program is designed for students who have already earned a master’s degree to develop school administrative leadership and management skills. Minnesota State requirements for Directors of Special Education are embedded in the courses. The curriculum is practitioner-focused, with an emphasis on applying organizational leadership theories with practical skills needed by school administrators to become leaders of effective learning organizations.

Administrative Licensure Preparation Pathway

The program consists of 29 credits for initial K–12 Principal or Director of Special Education preparation (or 41 credits for both). You may then choose to stop out and obtain a graduate certificate, complete 6 credits towards superintendency preparation, or complete the Ed.S. degree.

License and Teaching Requirements

In order to be eligible for Minnesota administrative licensure preparation, individuals must have three years of classroom teaching experience and a valid state teaching license. Those who do not meet these requirements may choose to complete the Saint Mary’s Alternative Pathway program to administrative licensure, which can be completed simultaneously with program coursework.

Program Outcomes

The following outcomes are state-identified competencies for an educational administration degree from Saint Mary's.

Leadership—Lead educational institutions and departments through collaborative, visionary planning and decision making.

Organizational Management—Manage and evaluate organizational operations including human, monetary, and physical resources for institutional improvement.

Diversity Leadership—Promote, create, and monitor appreciation and cultivation of diversity.

Policy and Law—Interpret, develop, and implement local, state, and federal policy and law.

Political Influence and Governance—Nurture a cooperative alliance of key stakeholders to influence the politics and governance of educational institutions.

Communication—Utilize communication skills essential to inform and facilitate effective organizational communication.

Community Relations—Establish and maintain positive and effective community relations relative to educational institutions.

Curriculum Planning and Development for the Success of All Learners—Facilitate the planning and development of curriculum, assessment, and instruction.

Instructional Management for the Success of All Learners—Design, implement, and support instruction, assessment strategies, and behavior management.

Use Research Effectively—Integrate current research appropriate for all learners.

Human Resource Management—Interpret, apply, and manage policies and procedures, which foster positive and productive performance from faculty and staff.

Values and Ethics of Leadership—Practice ethical leadership, ensuring the best interest of all learners.

Judgment and Problem Analysis—Implement and facilitate problem-solving strategies integrating critical thinking, creativity, logic, and collaboration.

Safety and Security—Create safety and security plans to sustain an emotionally and physically safe educational environment for all.

Special Education Director Outcomes

As a student of the Director of Special Education Certificate program, you will have intentional focus on:

Policy and Law—Interpret and apply laws and policies regulating special education programs.

Organizational Management—Identify and explain policies and procedures regulating districts, boards, and special education.

Resource Allocation—Identify and explain programs, resources, and agencies related to special education.

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Megan Troje, M.A.

Lead Field Specialist

Admission - SGPP

LaSalle Hall - TC Campus, LSH 114

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5211

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Carl Wahlstrom, Ed.D.

Associate Program Director

Educational Specialist and Educational Administration Programs

Mother Teresa Hall, MTH 21

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 238-4539

Carl Wahlstrom Ed.D.
Matthew Neil

Program Coordinator

Education SGPP

The Heights, HT 201

Campus Box: # 68

(612) 728-5155

Matthew Neil
Thomas Coughlin, M.S.

Course-Contracted Assistant Professor

Ed.S. in Educational Administration

Susan Manikowski, M.Ed.

Course-Contracted Assistant Professor

Ed.S. in Educational Administration

Bruce Santerre, Ed.D.

Course-Contracted Assistant Professor

Ed.S. in Educational Administration

Beverly Stofferahn, M.S.


Ed.S. in Educational Administration

Campus Box: # 28

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