Educational Leadership

Internship in Special Education Administration

This three semester (9 credit hour) course serves as the Capstone experience in the Educational Leadership program for aspiring special education directors. The internship is designed to immerse the student in the everyday tasks of the special education director, providing an opportunity for the student to actually apply the skills and knowledge gained throughout the Educational Leadership program. The early focus of the course is on the internship in a district setting designed jointly by the student, the internship supervisor and a district special education director. Out of the internship activities students complete a journal, develop a leadership platform (portfolio), conduct an investigation on an aspect of financial management related to special education, complete a study of community demographics and formulate a leadership project based on an issue of importance in special education at the school or district level. Each student is required to produce a written report on the leadership project and to present it at the conclusion of the course. 

After an organizational meeting in the spring, students will begin their internship experiences in the summer semester and will continue to participate in internship activities, through the year.  Students will meet as a group to share experiences, problem solve specific issues members of the group encounter, and participate in special activities designed by the instructors.  We will also establish technology procedures to stay in touch.

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Internship Coordinators:
Joseph Capelluti, Professor, Educational Leadership, (207) 780-5077
For staff assistance please contact:
Kerry Bertalan, Administrative Specialist CL2
(207) 780-5316 or bertalan@usm.maine.edu