Advanced Certificate in Special Education Leadership Program Requirements

The Advanced Certificate in Special Education Leadership consists of 12 credits (four 3-credit courses) delivered in a distance education format.

Each course is in a seven-week format, and the first three courses (GSED 601, GSED 602, and GSED 605) can be taken in any sequence, with GSED 617 as the final course serving as a culminating, practical experience.

  • GSED 601 - Foundations, Policy, and Best Practices in Special Education
  • GSED 602 - Evaluating Inclusive Practices, Classrooms, and Professional Development
  • GSED 605 - District-wide Management and Discipline of Students with Disabilities
  • GSED 617 - Seminar in Special Education Leadership*

Total: 12 credits

*GSED 617 – Seminar in Special Education Leadership includes a 50 hour field experience in a school district that immerses prospective or current administrators and teacher leaders in substantive administrative responsibilities and processes related to special education. This is achieved through direct contact in the school site with a supervising organizational leader assigned through the College. Feedback occurs through regular communication between the supervised organizational leader and the course instructor from St. John Fisher College via email or individual meetings and through observations and evaluations at the school site by the supervised organizational leader.


Note: The information here is provided for informational purposes only. For exact requirements as well as course descriptions, visit the Graduate Catalog.