Director of Special Education Salary
Job Description for Director of Special Education
Directors of special education are responsible for ensuring the academic and social success of students in special education programs. Those in this position must ensure that their services are meeting all needs of enrolled students and provide necessary support through staff, counseling, training, and additional education to see these successes.Read More...
Typically a DSE is employed at a district-level and supervises teams at multiple educational facilities. In these instances, they may split time between on-site visits and working from a district office. However, in private schools or academies, there may be DSEs who are dedicated specifically to that facility.
They work during normal hours throughout the school year, as well as during the summer to prepare for the coming year.
DSEs typically have a Master’s Degree in Special Education, Educational Administration, or Curriculum & Instruction. They must also must be licensed by the state to work with special education students and often have prior classroom teaching experience. They must work well with special education teachers to develop the most suitable practices and monitor activities for anything which may be inappropriate.
DSEs must be proficient communicators and show strong dedication to special education students and their specific needs. They must maintain a high level of organization in order to track varying needs and compile yearly and quarterly reporting, depending on requirements set by the state in which they work. They are also responsible for budgeting and reporting to district supervisors or superintendents.
Director of Special Education Tasks
- Assist principles in implementing special education programs in compliance with government regulations.
- Oversee and administer the district budget for special education.
- Supervise the hiring and evaluation of district special education staff.
- Develop and enforce district policies regarding special education programs.
- Manage the special education programs run by a school district, determine curriculum and services, and evaluate program success.
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Pay by Experience Level for Director of Special Education
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $64K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $65K. Directors of Special Education who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $76K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $82K.