Special Education Leadership: Assistant Administration

The Special Education Leadership: Assistant Administration graduate certificate is an online, 12-credit program aimed to meet the demand for special education administrators. Assistant Special Education Administrators assist the Special Education Directors in decision-making and providing students with disabilities the proper attention, assistance, and education to help them succeed. The certificate can also lead to Maine certification in Assistant Administrator of Special Education (035) and could lead to earning certification in other states.

Upon graduation, students seeking initial certification must apply through the Maine Department of Education’s (or their state’s DOE) transcript review process to obtain certification.

Graduates of the online graduate certificate in Special Education Leadership: Assistant Administration will learn how to:

  • Positively affect the quality and future of special education and promote the general welfare of children with disabilities
  • Serve and support children with disabilities and their families
  • Protect the privacy of students and families in accordance with State and Federal laws
  • Foster and support maximum self-determination and independence on the part of exceptional children
  • Utilize impartial professional judgment in evaluating the needs of exceptional children and their families

Graduates can also find opportunities outside the classroom as educational advocates or consultants or even as political advisers on key legislative topics.

NOTE: If you are an international student who is interested in pursuing any of our graduate certificate programs, please contact Katy Blackmer BEFORE applying.

This program will prepare students to be eligible for licensure within the State of Maine. Visit the UMS State Authorization & Licensure page to learn more about the licensure requirements in other states and territories, in addition to the contact information needed to inquire further into the licensure requirements associated with this program.

Degrees offered: Graduate Certificate

Program Format: Online

Application deadline: Rolling

Test Required: None

Contact: Sarah Howorth

Contact Email: sarah.howorth@maine.edu

Program Website: Special Education Leadership: Assistant Administration