Director of Special Education and Pupil Services (DSEPS)
If you’re ready to become the director of a special education program, we’ve got the program to get you there.
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Who Should Attend
If you hold a Master's degree in Special Education, School Psychology, or School Administration along with relevant licensure and teaching experience, you are qualified to apply for admission to this program, leading to Wisconsin DPI Educational License 80
Becoming the leader of a special education program is a compelling calling. If you’re up for the challenge and you have a year to learn, we’ve got the program to take you there. You’ll gain fresh knowledge, new vision and strong leadership skills to offer your fellow special education professionals in providing the best education to your students.
This 13-credit online graduate program offers:
- A flexible, completely online program
- Complete access to required readings, numerous libraries, online sources and a textbook
- Small class size
- Real connection with others in the program
- Personal attention from instructors who facilitate discussions
- Relevant, real-life assignments
- Practicum/field experience during the last course with a licensed mentor - preferably within your district
- Skills that can be applied toward immediate career advancement
- Completion in as little as one year.
- Is pre-approved by the Wisconsin DPI
- Fully prepares you to apply for Wisconsin DPI Certification (License Code 80)
- May be applied toward a master’s degree in Special Education (M.S.E.) from UW-Eau Claire
- Can serve as an "add-on" to your current master’s degree
- Is supported by the Wisconsin Council for Administrators of Special Services (WCASS)
- SPED 782 - Special Education Law
- SPED 786 - Leadership in Special Education
- SPED 787 - Leadership in Pupil Services
- SPED 695 - Special Education and Pupil Services Budget and Finance
- SPED 789 - Practicum: Leadership in Special Education and Pupil Services
NOTE: Minimum grade of B in each course required in order to be recommended for licensure.
Applying for License 80
Once you have completed the UW-Eau Claire DSEPS program, to apply for DPI License 80: Director of Special Education and Pupil Services, follow these steps:
- Go to the DPI website for License Application Process instructions and forms.
- Complete the application, attaching any and all required documentation, including a check to the DPI to cover the application fee.
NOTE to School Psychologists: Be sure to attach a copy of the letter from your supervisor confirming your 540 hours of classroom experience working with special needs students. If you did not keep a copy of that letter, contact UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education and ask the Education Program Manager or Associate to forward you a copy from your DSEPS application file.
- Mail the completed application, documentation, and check to:
Verifications Office, College of Education & Human Sciences
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
PO Box 4004
Eau Claire WI 54702
After verifying successful completion of the DSEPS program, they will forward your completed application for License 80 to the DPI.
Due to state authorization regulations, we are unable to offer our online programs at this time to residents of Louisiana.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I choose the UW-Eau Claire Program?
- Community of learners utilizing Desire2Learn (D2L) asynchronous instruction - Enhance your career from the comfort of your own home!
- Complete the program in as little as one year!
- Approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
- Apply for Wisconsin License 80, Director of Special Education and Pupil Services, as soon as you've completed the coursework. When finished, you'll be prepared to lead!
I work full time - Will I be able to keep up?
Here are some facts that may help you decide:
- SPED 782 and 786 (3 cr. each) are offered over 4 work- intensive summer weeks. Think of each one as a 4-week full-time job!
- SPED 787 (3 cr.) is offered in the Fall semester.
- SPED 695 (1 cr.) is offered in the 3-week "Winterim" - between the New Year Holiday and the start of the spring semester.
- SPED 789 (3 cr.), your final Practicum, is offered in the spring semester.
What about the Practicum?
It is your responsibility to request release time from your District and/or Supervisor before applying for this program. You will be required to devote 8-10 hours per week (most during the regular work day) throughout your school's semester in order to fulfill the experiential requirements of the course.
It is your responsibility to find a qualified mentor - preferably someone who works in or near your district. This person will oversee and evaluate your Practicum experience. Your mentor must meet the requirements of the Wisconsin DPI, and be approved in advance by the DSEPS director or representative. If an approved mentor becomes unavailable for any reason or decides not to participate at any point, the candidate's progress in the program will be postponed until he/she finds another suitable mentor.
Please use the Responsibilities of the Mentor Administrator and Documentation of Qualifications as a resource for choosing a qualified mentor. Share this information with any potential mentor to provide a description of the role of the mentor in the practicum experience, and the minimum educational and professional requirements to serve as a mentor.
Twice during the Practicum, you will be observed by a qualified UW-Eau Claire representative. This person will meet with you and your mentor, and will also evaluate your work.
Am I certain to be admitted if I meet the relevant minimum requirements listed above?
All complete applications received by the deadline will be reviewed. Those candidates deemed to be the most qualified will be admitted, as space allows. Note: Priority will be given to applicants who hold degrees and licensure in either Special Education or School Psychology, and who currently serve in a position under that license.
How do I apply?
When is the Application Deadline?
Only completed applications received between January 1st and March 15th will be considered. Applicants will be notified of acceptance or denial no later than April 15th.
What are the tuition rates and fees?
The current tuition rate for 2016-2017 is $495.11 per credit for in-state residents and $575 per credit for out-of-state residents. An additional special course fee is also charged for the practicum.
If admitted, when will I start?
We will hold an orientation in May via distance media. The exact date and time of the orientation will be sent to you in April. Your first class, SPED 782, will begin in June.
Where do I go for more information?
- Refer to the prerequisites details on this page
- Contact the UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education office and ask for the DSEPS Program Manager.