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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 Building and District Leadership on Special Education and Student Services

Date & Location: 
August 6-7, 2019
Sheraton Madison Hotel
706 John Nolen Drive
Madison, WI 53713
Who Attends: 
To support new special education leaders as they strive to meet the challenges of their new positions, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Special Education Team hosts this two-day training opportunity for first- and second-year Directors of Special Education, Special Education Coordinators or Designees. If you are an experienced leader, please pass this information on to a colleague who is new to the role. WDPI staff members will present sessions addressing a variety of procedural and relevant topics. This year, we are inviting New Building Administrators to join us on day 2 for a day of shared learning.
Registration is available online via myQuickReg. Registration for this event will close July 19, 2019.
A block of rooms at the state rate of $82/night is being held at the Sheraton Madison Hotel for the night of August 6, 2019 for your lodging needs. You can book your room online, or call 1-800-325-3535 and identify yourself as a part of the “Academy for Building and District Leadership on Special Education and Pupil Services” block. The last day to make reservations within this block will be July 16, 2019.