Endorsements/Administrator/Director of Special Education

Work Experience Coordinator

Special Education Consultant

School Psychologist

Speech Language Pathologist

Audiologist

School Social Worker

Orientation and Mobility

Supervisor of Special Education-Instruction

Professional Service Administrator

Director of Special Education

 

15.6(1) Work experience coordinator.


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The holder of this endorsement is authorized to provide support service as a work experience coordinator to secondary school programs, grades 5-12 (and to a maximum allowable age in accordance with Iowa Code section 256B.8).
An applicant must hold a baccalaureate degree.
The coursework must include:
  1. A course in career-vocational programming for special education students (if not included in the program for 5-12 endorsement).
  2. A course in coordination of cooperative occupational education programs.
  3. A course in career-vocational assessment and guidance of the handicapped.
An applicant must hold a special education endorsement—grades 5-12.

15.2(1) Special Education Consultant


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The holder of this endorsement is authorized to serve as a special education consultant. The consultant provides ongoing assistance to instructional programs for pupils requiring special education. A consultant can serve programs with pupils from birth to age 21 (and to a maximum allowable age in accordance with Iowa Code section 256B.8) with the exception of consultants serving deaf or hard-of-hearing or visually disabled students. Applicants who desire to serve as consultants serving deaf or hard-of-hearing or visually disabled students must hold the respective special education instructional endorsement. The deaf or hard-of-hearing consultant endorsement or the visually disabled consultant endorsement allows the individual to serve students from birth to age 21.
An applicant must hold a master’s degree.
  1. Option 1: Master’s in special education.
  2. Option 2: Master’s in another area of education plus an endorsement in at least one special education instructional area under rule 282—14.2(272).

Content. The coursework is to be at least 8 graduate semester hours to include the following:
  1. Curriculum development design.
  2. Consultation process in special or regular education:
    • Examination, analysis, and application of a methodological model for consulting with teachers and other adults involved in the educational program.
    • Interpersonal relations, interaction patterns, interpersonal influence, and communication skills.
  3. Skills required for conducting a needs assessment, delivering staff in-service needs, and evaluating in-service sessions.
An applicant must have four years of successful teaching experience, two of which must be in special education.

15.7(1) School psychologist.


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The holder of this endorsement is authorized to serve as a school psychologist with pupils from birth to age 21 (and to a maximum allowable age in accordance with Iowa Code section 256B.8).
An applicant shall have completed a program of graduate study that is currently approved (or that was approved at the time of graduation) by the National Association of School Psychologists or the American Psychological Association, or be certified as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist by the National Association of School Psychologists, in preparation for service as a school psychologist through one of the following options:
  1. Completion of a master’s degree with sufficient graduate semester hours beyond a baccalaureate degree to total 60; or
  2. Completion of a specialist’s degree of at least 60 graduate semester hours with or without completion of a terminal master’s degree program; or
  3. Completion of a doctoral degree program of at least 60 graduate semester hours with or without completion of a terminal master’s degree program or specialist’s degree program.
The program shall include an approved human relations component.
The program must include preparation that contributes to the education of students with disabilities and students who are gifted and talented.

 

15.7(2) School psychologist one-year Class A license


Requirements for a one-year Class A license. A nonrenewable Class A license valid for one year may be issued to an individual who must complete an internship or thesis as an aspect of an approved program in preparation for the school psychologist endorsement. The one-year Class A license may be issued under the following limited conditions:
  1. Verification from the institution that the internship or thesis is a requirement for successful completion of the program.
  2. Verification that the employment situation will be satisfactory for the internship experience.
  3. Verification from the institution of the length of the approved and planned internship or the anticipated completion date of the thesis.
  4. Verification of the evaluation processes for successful completion of the internship or thesis.
  5. Verification that the internship or thesis is the only requirement remaining for successful completion of the approved program.
Written documentation of the above requirements must be provided by the official at the institution where the individual is completing the approved school psychologist program and forwarded to the board of educational examiners with the application form for licensure.

15.7(3) Speech-language pathologist.


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The holder of this endorsement is authorized to serve as a speech-language pathologist to pupils from birth to age 21 (and to a maximum allowable age in accordance with Iowa Code section 256B.8).
  1. An applicant must hold a master’s degree in speech pathology.
  2. Content. An applicant must have completed the requirements in speech pathology and in the professional education sequence, i.e., 20 semester hours including student teaching/internship as a school speech-language pathologist. Courses in the following areas may be recognized for fulfilling the 20-hour sequence:
    1. Curriculum courses (e.g., reading, methods, curriculum development).
    2. . Foundations (e.g., philosophy of education, foundations of education).
    3. Educational measurements (e.g., school finance, tests and measurements, measures and evaluation of instruction).
    4. Educational psychology (e.g., educational psychology, educational psychology measures, principles of behavior modification).
    5. Courses in special education (e.g., introduction to special education, learning disabilities).
    6. Child development courses (e.g., human growth and development, principles and theories of child development, history and theories of early childhood education).

    General education courses (e.g., introduction to psychology, sociology, history, literature, humanities) will not be credited toward fulfillment of the required 20 hours.
  3. The applicant must complete an approved human relations component.
  4. The program must include preparation that contributes to the education of individuals with disabilities and the gifted and talented.

15.7(4) School audiologist.


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The holder of this endorsement is authorized to serve as a school audiologist to pupils from birth to age 21 who have hearing impairments (and to a maximum allowable age in accordance with Iowa Code section 256B.8).
  1. An applicant must hold a master’s degree in audiology.
  2. Content. An applicant must complete the requirements in audiology and in the professional education sequence, i.e., 20 semester hours including student teaching/internship as a school audiologist. Courses in the following areas may be recognized for fulfilling the 20-hour sequence:
    1. Curriculum courses (e.g., reading, methods, curriculum development).
    2. Foundations (e.g., philosophy of education, foundations of education).
    3. Educational measurements (e.g., school finance, tests and measurements, measures and evaluation of instruction).
    4. Educational psychology (e.g., educational psychology, educational psychology measures, principles of behavior modification).
    5. Courses in special education (e.g., introduction to special education, learning disabilities).
    6. Child development courses (e.g., human growth and development, principles and theories of child development, history of early childhood education).

    General education courses (e.g., introduction to psychology, sociology, history, literature, humanities) will not be credited toward fulfillment of the required 20 hours.
  3. An applicant must complete an approved human relations component.
  4. The program must include preparation that contributes to the education of individuals with disabilities and the gifted and talented.

15.7(5) School social worker.


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An individual who meets the requirements of paragraph 15.7(5)“b” or 282—subrule 16.6(2) is authorized to serve as a school social worker to pupils from birth to age 21 (and to a maximum allowable age in accordance with Iowa Code section 256B.8).
An applicant must hold a master’s degree in social work from an accredited school of social work to include a minimum of 20 semester hours of coursework (including practicum experience) which demonstrates skills, knowledge, and competencies in the following areas:
  1. Social work.
    1. Assessment (e.g., social, emotional, behavioral, and familial).
    2. Intervention (e.g., individual, group, and family counseling).
    3. Related studies (e.g., community resource coordination, multidiscipline teaming, organizational behavior, and research).
  2. Education.
    1. General education (e.g., school law, foundations of education, methods, psychoeducational measurement, behavior management, child development).
    2. Special education (e.g., exceptional children, psychoeducational measurement, behavior management, special education regulations, counseling school-age children).
  3. Practicum experience. A practicum experience in a school setting under the supervision of an experienced school social work practitioner is required. The practicum shall include experiences that lead to the development of professional identity and the disciplined use of self. These experiences will include: assessment, direct services to children and families, consultation, staffing, community liaison and documentation. If a person has served two years as a school social worker, the practicum experience can be waived.
  4. Completion of an approved human relations component is required.
  5. The program must include preparation that contributes to the education of students with disabilities and students who are gifted and talented.

15.7(6) Orientation and mobility specialist.



The holder of this license is authorized to teach pupils with a visual impairment (see Iowa Code section 256B.8), including those pupils who are deaf-blind.
Provisional orientation and mobility license. The provisional license is valid for three years. An applicant must:
  1. Hold a baccalaureate or master’s degree from an approved state and regionally accredited program in orientation and mobility or equivalent coursework.
  2. Have completed an approved human relations component.
  3. Have completed the exceptional learner program, which must include preparation that contributes to the education of students with disabilities and students who are gifted and talented.
  4. Have completed a minimum of 21 semester credit hours in the following areas:
    1. Medical aspects of blindness and visual impairment, including sensory motor.
    2. Psychosocial aspects of blindness and visual impairment.
    3. Child development.
    4. Concept development.
    5. History of orientation and mobility.
    6. Foundations of orientation and mobility.
    7. Orientation and mobility instructional methods and assessments.
    8. Techniques of orientation and mobility.
    9. Research or evidence-based practices in orientation and mobility.
    10. Professional issues in orientation and mobility, including legal issues.
  5. Have completed at least 350 hours of fieldwork and training under the supervision of the university program.

Standard orientation and mobility license.
An applicant must:

  1. Complete the requirements set forth above.
  2. Verify successful completion of a three-year probationary period.

Renewal of orientation and mobility license.
An applicant must:

  1. Complete six units earned in any combination listed below.
    1. One unit may be earned for each semester hour of graduate credit, completed through a regionally accredited institution, which leads toward the completion of a planned master’s, specialist’s, or doctor’s degree program.
    2. One unit may be earned for each semester hour of graduate or undergraduate credit, completed through a regionally accredited institution, which may not lead to a degree but which adds greater depth and breadth to present endorsements held.
    3. One unit may be earned for each semester hour of credit, completed through a regionally accredited institution, which may not lead to a degree but which leads to completion of requirements for an endorsement not currently held.
    4. One unit may be earned upon completion of each licensure renewal course or activity approved through guidelines established by the board of educational examiners.
  2. Submit documentation of completion of the child and dependent adult abuse training approved by the state abuse education review panel. A waiver of this requirement may apply under the following conditions with appropriate documentation of any of the following:
    1. A person is engaged in active duty in the military service of this state or of the United States.
    2. The application of this requirement would impose an undue hardship on the person for whom the waiver is requested.
    3. A person is practicing a licensed profession outside this state.
    4. A person is otherwise subject to circumstances that would preclude the person from satisfying the approved child and dependent adult abuse training in this state.

An orientation and mobility specialist is not eligible for any administrator license in either general education or special education.

15.5(1) Supervisor Special Education-Instructional


The holder of this endorsement is authorized to serve as a supervisor of special education instructional programs. Two endorsements are available within this category:
  1. The early childhood—special education supervisor endorsement allows the individual to provide services to programs with pupils below the age of 7.
  2. The supervisor of special education—instructional endorsement (K-12) allows the individual to provide services to programs with pupils from age 5 to age 21 (and to a maximum allowable age in accordance with Iowa Code section 256B.8).
An applicant must hold a master’s degree.
  1. Option 1: Master’s in special education.
  2. Option 2: Master’s in another area of education plus 30 graduate semester hours in special education (instructional). These hours may have been part of, or in addition to, the degree requirements.
An applicant must meet the requirements for or hold the consultant endorsement.
The program shall include a minimum of 16 graduate semester hours to specifically include the following:
  1. Current issues in special education administration.
  2. School personnel administration.
  3. Program evaluation.
  4. Educational leadership.
  5. Administration and supervision of special education.
  6. Practicum: special education administration. NOTE: This requirement may be waived based on two years of experience as a special education administrator.
  7. Evaluator approval component.

An applicant must have two years of consultant/supervisor/coordinator/head teacher or equivalent experience in special education.
The supervisor for early childhood—special education would need to meet the requirements for that endorsement.
The K-12 supervisor would need to meet the requirements for one special education teaching endorsement to include instructional grade levels K-8 and 5-12.

27.3(5) Professional service administrator.


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An individual holding a statement of professional recognition is not eligible for the supervisor endorsement.

27.3(6) Director of special education of an area education agency.


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NOTE: An individual holding a statement of professional recognition is not eligible for the director of special education of an area education agency endorsement.