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Special Education / Pupil Services Leadership

Licensing requirements

Director of Special Education and Pupil Services. (a) Except as specified under par. (b), a director of special education and pupil services license is required of a person to administer a special education program or a pupil services program, or both. For a license under this subsection, the applicant shall have completed an approved program leading to licensure as a director of special education and pupil services. (b) Persons who hold a current special education supervisor-level A license may be issued a license under this subsection. PI 34.32 (5), Wisconsin Administrative Code.

The special education leadership staff person who holds a current 80 or 81 license is the primary contact for the DPI Special Education Team. When an LEA does not employ an individual with an 80 or 81 license, the responsible staff person is the district administrator.

The department provides additional support to special education leadership personnel through the WI Regional Service Network (RSN) - an alliance of CESA special educators who promote continuous school improvement to support full educational opportunities for children and youth with disabilities.

Special Education Leadership Directory

For questions about this information, contact Sarah Okonkwor (608) 267-3749.

Academy for New Special Education Leadership

Date & Location: DeForest NorthStar Comfort Inn - August 8-9, 2018

Who Attends: Directors of Special Education, Special Education Coordinators or Designees who are in their 1st or 2nd year in that position

Highlights: Educational sessions covering the State Performance Plan and 20 Indicators, networking opportunities

Viterbo Credit Offered: Yes

Vendor Exhibits: No


Registration and Academy Information can be viewed here


If you have questions, call the WCASS office at (608) 245-2511.