Director of Exceptional Needs License

If you currently hold a master’s degree, you can become licensed as a director of exceptional needs and gain specialization in areas of instruction including, mild and severe/intense interventions, early childhood special education, and director of special education/exceptional needs.

The following items along with the required course work must be completed prior to applying for this license:

  • Master’s degree completed (this program or a program taken elsewhere).

Note: If you wish to complete this program as a master’s degree and a licensing program combined, you must meet all criteria for a master’s and be accepted through the special education department and our Graduate School. Completion of the courses below will not guarantee a master’s degree will be granted, unless you have been accepted into the master’s degree program.

  • Two years of teaching experience in an accredited school or schools in the grade coverage and areas as listed on your standard or proficient grade teaching license. This must be verified in the form of a letter by your employing school system and submitted to our office prior to or at the time of application for this license.
  • School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) test complete with a score of 165 or higher.

Several courses required for the director of exceptional needs license are offered by distance education. Some courses must be taken on our main campus in Muncie. If you are interested in pursuing this license, contact the Office of Teacher Education Services (OTES) to request a license evaluation. OTES may be reached at 765-285-1168 or e-mail Jane Thomas, director of licensing.

Mode of Delivery
This program is offered online, plus some classes in early childhood education are offered on-site in the Greater Indianapolis area.

Academic Advisor 
Bonnie Krupa 
Department of Special Education

Take the Next Steps
Learn more about how to apply and our admissions requirements and the program's curriculum. If you are curious about transferring credits from another institution, contact one of the academic advisors listed above.


Online and Distance Education
David Letterman Communication and Media Building (LB), Room 131
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

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Phone: 1-800-872-0369 or 765-285-1581
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