Special Education Administration Certificate

Special Education Administration Certificate

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The Department of Education offers a Graduate Certificate in Special Education Administration. This program allows educators to administer and lead special education programs. Students who pursue this Graduate Certificate must concurrently pursue the certification for a New Hampshire Special Education Administrator. In other words, the Graduate Certificate is coterminous with the credential.  When a student completes the Graduate Certificate he/she also completes the certification as a special education administrator.  These two cannot be uncoupled.

The requirements for admission include:

• Master’s Degree in special education, educational administration, or similar field.

            • Possess a current credential in special education

            • A minimum of three years of successful teaching experience in special education (must have five years experience for credential eligibility).

Contact

Todd DeMitchell

John & H. Irene Peters Professor of Education; Professor of Justice Studies
PROFESSOR
Phone: (603) 862-5043
Office: Education, Morrill Hall Rm 306, Durham, NH 03824

Department of Education
Morrill Hall
University of New Hampshire
62 College Road
Durham, NH 03824

Phone: (603) 862-2310
Fax: (603) 862-2174

 

Curriculum & Requirements

In order to receive the Graduate Certificate for Special Education Administrator, the matriculated student must pass a minimum of 16 credits, including transfer credits, from the courses below, or electives if appropriate, taken after admission to the Graduate Certificate program, and must complete all requirements for state certification as a special education administrator.

Special Education Courses:
EDUC 850Introduction to Exceptionality4
EDUC 938Advanced Seminar in Special Education4
EDUC 939Assessment and Teaching of Children with Learning Difficulties4
EDUC 856Supporting Families of Individuals with Exceptionalities4
EDUC 951Laws and Regulations Affecting the Education of Students with Disabilities4
EDUC 956Learning to Listen: Developing Positive Behavior Supports for Students with Challenging Behaviors4
Administration Courses:
EDUC 961Public School Administration4
or EDUC 977 Leadership: The District Level Administrator
EDUC 962Educational Finance and Business Management4
EDUC 964Human Resources in Education4
EDUC 974Educational Administrative Internship4

Deadlines

Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: Aug. 1
  • Spring: Dec. 15
  • Summer: May 1
  • Special: N/A

Application fee: $25

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters Eligible: No

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.

Transcripts

If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to grad.school@unh.edu. Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Letters of Recommendation: 2 Required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions

Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding:

  1. Reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives,
  2. Your specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field.

Additional Department Requirements

Program has additional requirements for admission as follows: Master's Degree in special education, educational administration, or similar field; possess a current credential in special education; minimum of three years of successful teaching experience in special education.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

International Applicants

Prospective international students are strongly encouraged to complete our international pre-application process and are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. Please note that English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.

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