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Missouri Special Education Leadership Endorsement Program

The Missouri Special Education Leadership Endorsement Program is a three-year, DESE sponsored program leading to an add-on endorsement for district-level special education leadership. Individuals who currently hold a Missouri administrator certificate are eligible for participation in this path to a Missouri Special Education Administrator endorsement. Through this program, aspiring leaders receive essential content through online professioinal learning modules, cohort learning experiences, as well as coaching and mentoring. The goal of the Missouri Special Education Leadership Endorsement is to increase the number of qualified Special Education Directors in our state, inspiring them to be innovative leaders who lead their districts in the use of research-based approaches to supporting students with disabilities in Missouri.

Benefits of Participation

  • Missouri Special Education Leadership Endorsement
  • A research to practice approach
  • Cohort face-to-face meetings two times per year (January and July)
  • No cost, evidence-based, online professional learning framework
  • Coaching for two years to address applicable real world context and to provide support and feedback during web-based professional learning modules
  • Mentoring during the final year of participation
  • Networking opportunities
  • Professional development aligned with Missouri Leader and the Council of Exceptional Child (CEC) Standards

Qualifications to Participate

  • Current Missouri Administrator certification
  • Employed in a Missouri school district
  • Endorsement from current district
  • Completed application with brief personal statement describing your interest
  • Resume with evidence of leadership in current role
  • Transcripts
  • Status of teaching and administrator certification
  • Commitment to complete the three-year program
  • Commitment to work as a Special Education Director after completion


  • March 1, 2020 - Application Release for Cohort 1 and coaches
  • April 15, 2020 - Applications due
  • May 31, 2020 - Project Management team will select candidates and those  candidates will be notified of their selection
  • July 2020 - Coaches Training
  • July 29, 2020 - Summer Cohort Learning (Cohort 1 and coaches)
  • August 2020 - December 2020 - Cohort 1 (Year 1, First Semester) Modules plus Coaching
  • January 2021 - Mid Year Cohort Learning (Cohort 1 and Coaches)
  • January 2021 - May 2021 - Cohort 1 (Year 1, Second Semester) Modules plus Coaching
  • Year 2 - To be announced at a later date