Director of Special Education and Pupil Services (DSEPS)

If you’re passionate about special education and want to take the next step in your career, this online Director of Special Education and Pupil Services program will prepare you to be successful.

Key Program Information
Categories Degrees, Certificates, and Courses for Contemporary Learners Education Online Professional and Workforce Development
Program Type Credit
Delivery Format Online
Next Session Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring

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.

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Program Description

Be better prepared to lead

This 15-credit online program is for individuals who are ready to step into the important leadership role as directors of special education and pupil services. The UW-Eau Claire DSEPS program has a long-standing reputation for excellence, yet we understand the importance of continually improving so our graduates are well-prepared. That is why we have recently revamped the curriculum based on recommendations from past participants and practicing DSEPS professionals.

Throughout this year-long program, you will be challenged to think from a big picture, systemic point of view by licensed, experienced directors of special education and pupil services. Additionally, when you finish you will be ready to apply for the Wisconsin DPI License #80.

Course topics and dates:

  • Systemic Leadership & Ethics
    • May 21 – June 22, 2018
  • Special Education Law
    • June 25 – August 3, 2018
  • Leadership in Special Education & Pupil Services
    • September 4 – October 19, 2018
  • Budget and Finance for DSEPS
    • October 22 – December 14, 2018
  • Practicum
    • February 4 – May 24, 2019

Application Deadline – March 9, 2018

Admission decisions will be made by April 6.

Final Registration Deadline


Grad Fee Per Credit $465.00


How to apply for admission to program


If you hold a Master’s degree and licensure in Special Education, School Psychology, Speech Pathology, Guidance and Counseling or Administration (Principal/Superintendent), as well as a minimum of three years successful experience working with children with special needs, you may be eligible for admission to our program.


Phone: 715-836-4021
Toll Free: 866-893-2423

103 Garfield Avenue
Old Library 1108
Eau Claire, WI 54702

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