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Administration of Special Programs




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Course level: EDU Graduate

This course provides students with an overview of an administrator's role in a wide array of special programs offered in public schools today. Candidates examine programs and services geared towards diverse student populations, including special education, ELL, gifted education, Title I, alternative education, early childhood, career readiness, and school counseling programs. In addition, candidates learn about the importance of student and teacher leadership, as well as response to intervention as a model for school improvement. This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and individuals who reside outside the United States.


This graduate level course requires proof of completion of a Bachelor's degree. Be prepared to provide documentation during the checkout process.

What you'll learn

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Week 1

  • Analyze the importance of special education and Section 504 services in public schools.
  • Evaluate the components of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
  • Examine the referral and evaluation process for special education and Section 504 services.
  • Examine some of the critiques of Title I funding.
  • Identify various Title I programs available to schools.

Week 2

  • Defend the need for culturally-responsive teaching in schools.
  • Assess how school programs assist and support English language learners (ELLs).
  • Identify ways to involve migrant parents in the educational process.
  • Evaluate academic preparation, enrichment, and intervention programs.
  • Evaluate the administrator’s role in relation to English language learner enrichment, and intervention programs.

Week 3

  • Evaluate assessment methods for young children with suspected disabilities.
  • Examine programs and practices available for young children with disabilities.
  • Analyze the history of career and technology education.
  • Assess career readiness programs in secondary education.
  • Evaluate the administrator's role in early childhood and career readiness programs in K–12 education.

Week 4

  • Compare programs designed to provide services to gifted students.
  • Assess current models for the implementation of school counseling programs.
  • Identify legal and ethical considerations related to school counseling programs.
  • Analyze the characteristics of effective alternative education programs.

Week 5

  • Examine the characteristics of shared leadership and teacher leadership.
  • Assess the importance of student leadership programs.
  • Identify the legal implications pertaining to student leadership programs.
  • Evaluate the administrator's role in supporting teacher leadership and student leadership programs.

Week 6

  • Examine the role of central office staff and resources in regards to individual schools.
  • Identify the essential elements of a response to intervention (RTI) program.
  • Examine the link between response to intervention (RTI) programs and professional learning communities (PLCs).
  • Evaluate the administrator's role in leading response to intervention (RTI) programs in a school.


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We’ve been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( for more than 40 years.

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Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

Affordable and potentially reimbursable

Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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