Earn your special education supervisor certification at GMercyU

Online Special Education Supervisor Certification

Develop, Direct and Improve Special Education Programs

Make even more of an impact on special education with Gwynedd Mercy University. We offer experienced special education professionals the opportunity to prepare for Special Education Supervisory Certification with a convenient, one-year online program. 

This program is for appropriate professionals who are enrolling into our Doctorate in Education program here at Gwynedd Mercy University. This is not a standalone certification.

The GMercyU Difference

GMercyU's online Special Education Supervisor Certification Program can equip you to provide special education leadership within a wide variety of public and private settings, including:

  • Approved private schools
  • Charter schools
  • Consulting firms
  • Detention facilities
  • Higher education
  • Intermediate units
  • Mental health facilities
  • School districts
  • Social service agencies

The program presents our comprehensive curriculum through a suite of industry-leading interactive collaboration tools powered by Adobe Connect. Hands-on experiences within school settings allow you to apply concepts in practice. The entire program features small classes led by expert Faculty Advisors who support your success.

What You Will Learn – Online Special Education Supervisor Certification

As a GMercyU graduate, you will be able to:

  • Apply administrative theory, management and governance to operational problems of special education
  • Effectively communicate with educators, students, and family or community stakeholders to solve problems and advocate for special education programs
  • Understand, articulate, and apply principles of IDEA, Response to Intervention and Section 504 to programming content
  • Analyze contemporary and controversial issues within the field of special education from an administrative perspective
  • Effectively assess performance of special education providers and supply appropriate guidance, feedback, and discipline 
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of special education law by applying fundamental concepts to case studies involving Child Find, Evaluation Process, Procedural Safeguard, IEP Development, Least Restrictive Environment, Related Services, Discipline and Manifestation Determination, and Due Process

An Inspiring Community of Professional Educators 

GMercyU faculty members bring direct special education experience, advanced research backgrounds, and a passion for teaching to your classroom. Their insights and mentorship will help you effectively extend your leadership skills to become an administrator of (and advocate for) special education programs. 

After graduation, you’ll become part of our alumni network, where you will meet colleagues and friends who will inspire you to continue to discover the Next.


The online Special Education Supervisor Certification program consists of 15 credits. Online courses are delivered one at a time in seven-week blocks.

After successfully passing your courses, you may apply to take any required certification exams to obtain your certificate. 

EDU 845 Foundations of Special Education Practices for School Leaders 
EDU 846 Administration and Supervision of Special Education Programs
EDU 842 School Law 
EDU 848 Supervision and Administration of Special Education Practicum I
EDU 849 Supervision and Administration of Special Education Practicum II

To review course descriptions, please refer to the graduate catalog (PDF).

Admissions Requirements

To qualify for admission to our Online Special Education Supervisor Certification, you must provide:

  • A master’s degree in a field related to your preferred area of concentration from an institution accredited by the Middle States Association, or comparable accreditation, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Official graduate and undergraduate transcripts
  • A Graduate Record Examination score of 155 or higher or a Miller Analogy Test percentile of 65 or higher (waived if you had a graduate GPA of 3.5 or greater)
  • A professional resume showing a minimum of three years’ relevant experience
  • Three letters of reference from persons in leadership roles in your chosen area of concentration attesting that you have the ability to engage in studies at the doctoral level and to conduct research
  • A personal interview with a member of the graduate faculty representing the applicant’s preferred area of concentration (in person or via electronic means, if distance is a factor)
  • A written statement of your professional goals and topic of research interest
  • A 750-1000 word sample of your writing abilities
  • Official results showing a minimum score of 550 (written), 213 (computer), or 79 (internet) on the TOEFL examination if your first language is not English

Personal interviews may be required for any candidates as determined by the admissions committee. After enrollment, you will also need to obtain a Child Abuse Clearance, Criminal Background Check, and Federal Criminal History. 

Provide Special Education Leadership

Learn more about how you can become a leader in special education with our innovative online certification program. Call 844-707-9064 or send e-mail to accelerate@gmercyu.edu to contact an admissions counselor. You also can begin your application online now

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