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Administrator Pathway

For Implementing Special Education Program

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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 by teaching skills that administrators and teachers must have to foster the success of exceptional learner programs.

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Industry Trends and Rationale

Why Now?

Role in Support

Educational administrators play an essential role in special education programs to ensure that students with disabilities receive the necessary supports to succeed.

Increase in Demand

The demand for special education administrators has grown as the need for services increases and new educational technologies are implemented. This is due to the increasing number of students with special needs, the implementation of new technologies and policies to support them, and the need for programs to be more efficient and cost-effective.


Administrators are responsible for managing the program budget, developing the curriculum, and ensuring that the special education program meets all state and federal regulations while recruiting and training staff, evaluating program effectiveness, and collaborating with other professionals to ensure the success of the program.

Course Outcomes

This program is carefully designed to aid School Administrators in gaining knowledge on the various aspects of the Special Education Program through interactive activities, videos, quizzes, and real-life scenarios.

This program will cover the following topics:

  1. Getting to Know and Educating ALL Learners in Your School
  2. The Framework: Self-Assessment and Laying the Foundation
  3. The Administrator’s Role in Inclusion
  4. Recruiting and Retaining Effective Inclusive Educators
  5. Barriers and Challenges (Expected and Unexpected)
  6. Creating and Communicating a Place of Belonging
  7. Goal Driven Implementation Planning for Sustainability

This program will prepare learners for job titles including Principal, Assistant Principal, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and Director or Coordinator of Academic Inclusion.




At the elementary and secondary school level, salaries for educational administrators can range from $50,000 to over $150,000 annually. The median salary for all school principals is around $95,000.



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.

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