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Take on new challenges in the world of Special Education by becoming a Director of Special Education.

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Master of Arts in Education – Special Education Leadership

Challenge yourself to be more effective in serving students and earn your Director of Special Education license #5080

The fully online Master of Arts in Education – Special Education Leadership degree at Wisconsin Lutheran College offers an opportunity for mid-career special education professionals to continue growing their career, with a focus on advanced methods for highly effective educators and leaders.

The Special Education Leadership specialization covers a range of traditional and innovative approaches to special needs education that supports high performance research, practical models, and data-driven decision-making for leading public and private K-12 education. Courses are offered on an eight-week basis.

Graduates will be prepared to:

  • Implement policies
  • Direct educational programs
  • Make a definitive impact on students
  • Lead positive change in educational systems

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Wisconsin Lutheran College offers several academic programs which lead to professional licensure in the state of Wisconsin. The special education leadership specialization in the Master of Arts in Education program provides the opportunity to receive an administration license (Director of Special Education license #5080) through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). All students should be aware that states vary in their educational and professional requirements depending on the profession.


  • EDU 601 Education as a Change Agent in a Diverse Society
  • EDU 610 Advanced Educational Psychology
  • EDU 621 Curriculum Design and Technological Integration
  • EDU 622 Best Practices in High Performance Instruction and Methodologies
  • EDU 635 Special Education Law & Ethics
  • EDU 653 Emerging Adaptive Instructional Technologies
  • EDU 681 Leadership, Change, and Collaboration
  • EDU 682 Law & Ethics in Education Reform
  • EDU 689 Application of Business Principles in the Education Setting
  • EDU 691 Practicum: Administration in Special Education
  • EDU 692 Educational Research Design
  • EDU 693 Capstone: Integration of Theory into Practice