Special Education Administration (Graduate Certificate)

Special Education Administration (Graduate Certificate)

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This certificate program currently is not accepting new applicants.

Why get a graduate certificate in special education administration?

The graduate certificate program in special education administration is designed to provide the knowledge and expertise needed to lead your school, district and state in the education of students with disabilities in K-12 school settings. As a graduate of the program, you'll be eligible for New Hampshire special education administrator certification. The program promotes high quality education and leadership through professional learning, strong partnerships and the pursuit of solutions to complex challenges situated within an increasingly diverse educational community in New Hampshire.

Why get your graduate certificate in special education at UNH?

Designed to meet the needs of working educators, this post-master’s graduate certificate program is both flexible and convenient, allowing you to earn your degree at a pace that best fits your schedule. Many courses are offered online or at convenient times at our Durham or Manchester campuses. You can start the program in the fall, spring or summer semesters. The program is designed for students who currently hold a master’s degree in special education, educational administration or a closely related field. Educator licensure in special education and a minimum of five years of teaching experience is required special education administration license.

Potential careers

  • Academic dean
  • School administrator
  • Special education consultant
  • Superintendent

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

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


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Curriculum & Requirements

Beginning in the 2022-2023 academic year, the Graduate Certificate in Special Education Administration will no longer be accepting new students. Current students will continue to have access to the same high-quality education and resources until they graduate.

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).

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 Disability in Inclusive Schools and Communities4
EDUC 856Advocating for Diverse and Inclusive Family-School-Community Partnerships4
EDUC 956Developing Positive Behavior Supports to Ensure Success for All Learners4
EDUC 959Issues in Education (Or Equivalent)4
Administration Courses:
EDUC 962Educational Finance and Business Management4
EDUC 964Human Resources in Education4
EDUC 974Educational Administrative Internship4
EDUC 977Leadership: The District Level Administrator4
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