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ERIC Number: EJ906724
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1525-1810
A National Study of State Credentialing Requirements for Administrators of Special Education
Boscardin, Mary Lynn; Weir, Kerry; Kusek, Christopher
Journal of Special Education Leadership, v23 n2 p61-75 Sep 2010
Unlike data that show that all states require credentials for special education teachers, national data indicate that only 27 states require licensure/certification/endorsement as an administrator of special education. The titles used by states to identify the local director of special education include administrator of special education, director of special education, director of pupil personnel services or pupil special education, and director of exceptional needs. There was variation with regard to those state programs that incorporate the six Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) 2009 Administrator of Special Education Standards into their requirements. The great majority of the states requiring credentialing as administrators of special education also require a master's degree as the minimum degree requirement for special education administrators, and half of those states require specific course work in special education administration. Less than one-third of the states require a practicum/internship in special education administration, and only one state required that candidates pass a special education administration licensing exam. Most of the states requiring credentialing of administrators of special education reported having continuing education/professional development requirements for administrators to keep their credentials active. (Contains 2 tables and 7 figures.)
Council of Administrators of Special Education. Fort Valley State University, 1005 State University Drive, Fort Valley, GA 31030. Tel: 478-825-7667; Fax: 478-825-7811; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education for All Handicapped Children Act