Missouri Pathway for Aspiring Leaders (MoPAL)

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 professional 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.

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

Benefits to Participation

  • 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
  • MoPAL Consultant for the first two years to address applicable real world context and to provide support and feedback during web-based professional learning modules
  • MoCASE Mentoring for the first two years by experienced Special Education Directors
  • MoPAL Mentoring during the final year of participation
  • Networking opportunities
  • Professional development aligned with Missouri Leader and the Council of Exceptional Child (CEC) Standards


  • January 26, 2021: Midyear Cohort Meeting (Cohort 1 and Coach)
  • January, 2021-May 2021: Cohort 1 (Year 1, Second Semester) Modules plus Coaching and MO CASE Mentor
  • March 1, 2021: Application Release for Cohort 2
  • April 15, 2021: Applications Due for Cohort 2
  • May, 2021: Project Management team will select candidates and those candidates will be notified of their selection.
  • May-August 2021: Cohort 1 (Year 1, Third Semester)
  • July, 2021: Coaches Training
  • July, 2021: Summer Cohort Learning (Cohort 1 and 2, Coaches)