Education Leadership

There are also a number of positions in educational leadership for special education degree holders. Such posts are usually reserved for those with a master's degree, or, in some school districts, a doctorate. While those who work in special educational policy can be leaders in their field, there are also many important special education leaders working in school districts as well as the schools themselves. For example, there are special education administrators and directors who can be in charge of special education programs at either the school or district level. Such special education professionals help administer programs on a school-wide or district-wide level. They work to make certain that the quality of special education teachers remains high, in part by remaining in touch with the latest research, including assistive technology and known best practices for students. Such special education administrators can also take part in compliance monitoring—that is, making sure the school or district is following all laws and regulations—as well as work on professional development for teachers. Another key element to a special education administrator and leader position is working with teachers, parents, and other involved parties during the educational process. Many parents or guardians of special education students need leadership while dealing with what is often a challenging, sometimes emotionally difficult, situation. Being a confident, articulate decision maker is ideal for someone aspiring to be in a special education leadership position.

Last Updated: 05/07/2014

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