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Director of Special Education and Pupil Services Certificate

Take the next step in your career

The Director of Special Education and Pupil Services (DSEPS) graduate certificate prepares you to step into the important leadership role of a director of special education and pupil services. Built for busy professionals, this 15-credit online program can help you advance or add on to your current degree and leads to Wisconsin DPI Certification (license code 80).

The UW-Eau Claire DSEPS program has a long-standing reputation for excellence and our graduates are well prepared and ready to lead. 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. After successful completion of the program, you will be ready to apply for the Wisconsin DPI License #80, and you will earn a UW-Eau Claire Graduate Certificate. 

A Master's degree in Special Education, School Psychology, School Counseling, Social Work, or other pupil services professions, as well as a current Professional/Teaching License in the aforementioned pupil services professions, is required. Students must have three years of successful full-time classroom teaching in special education OR successful experiences as pupil services professionals, including at least 540 hours documented classroom teaching of children with special education eligibility.

Students must earn a B or higher in each course in order to continue in the DSEPS Certificate program and maintain a minimum total GPA of 3.0 for graduate-level coursework.

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