Principals: Roles and Responsibilities in Special Education

Principals: Roles and Responsibilities in Special Education

Most principals don’t receive much, if any, training related to the provision of services for students with disabilities, and very few schools have special education directors housed within their building. Principals, however, are uniquely positioned to ensure the school is meeting the needs of students with disabilities. This course is designed to review the eight specific roles principals play in schools: supervisor, teacher, instructional leader, advocate, financial steward, explainer, point person and monitor.

Course Authors
David F. Bateman, PhD
David F. Bateman, PhD, is a professor at Shippensburg University where he teaches courses on special education law, assessment and facilitating inclusion. He’s a former due process hearing officer for Pennsylvania, and he uses his knowledge of litigation relating to special education to assist school districts in providing appropriate supports for students with disabilities. He has been a classroom teacher of students with learning disabilities, behavior disorders, intellectual disability and hearing impairments, and has recently co-authored the following books: A Principal’s Guide to Special Education, A Teacher’s Guide to Special Education, Charting the Course: Special Education in Charter Schools, and Current Trends and Legal Issues in Special Education.


17 minutes