Ideally doctoral students will participate in two types of leadership experiences: (1) take responsibility for the guidance of practicum student(s) by providing feedback and supervision on their performance (50% time for 1 semester or 25% for 2 semesters) and (2) complete a minimum of one semester of experience (at least 25% time) in an administrative leadership position (e.g., coordinate a grant, participate in an administrative internship), if possible.
One goal of the Department of Special Education’s doctoral program is to ensure that graduates have the knowledge and competencies that they need to be leaders in personnel preparation. To prepare leaders who are knowledgeable and skilled in supervision, all doctoral students must take responsibility for guiding university students by providing feedback and supervision of their performance during fieldwork. Students are required to complete approximately 300 hours in a supervision experience across 1-2 semesters. For most doctoral students, this experience will involve supervising practicum students in the LBSI program (Option 1) or ECSE program (Option 2). An alternative supervision plan (Option 3) is available for doctoral students who do not meet the criteria to supervise in these programs. Students are encouraged to complete the supervision requirement no later than the end of the third year of their program.
To supervise in the LBSI program, a doctoral student must provide evidence of (a) a special education teaching license and (b) one year of experience in a U.S.-based instructional setting (e.g., school, clinic, home, vocational site) with school-age children with disabilities. If all criteria are met except for the special education teaching license, a student may supervise if evidence is available that the following courses or their equivalent have been completed: SPED 440, 441, 447, 470, and 471.
Supervision in the LBSI Program involves approximately 10 hours per week across fall and spring semesters. The doctoral student is assigned 3-4 practicum students to supervise each semester and is provided ongoing training and mentoring from the LBSI practicum and program coordinators to develop their supervision skills. During the supervision experience, doctoral students sample the various roles and responsibilities that are involved with practicum supervision. These activities include, but are not limited to:
Doctoral students who supervise or lead practicum seminar in the ECSE program must demonstrate each of the competencies below. When requesting to supervise in the ECSE program, doctoral students should submit a statement, on or with their supervision request form, detailing how they have met each competency OR proposed next steps for acquiring competencies not already obtained (which must be completed before supervision begins).
|Competency||Sample evidence||Options for acquiring competency|
|1. Knowledge of child development birth to 6||Passed course on child development||Audit or take SPED 585|
|2. Knowledge of ECSE recommended practices||Passed course(s) on ECSE curriculum, methods, and assessment||Audit or take SPED 450, 465, and SPED 414|
Complete book chapters/modules on ECSE recommended practices
|3. Experience in teaching preschool OR early intervention home visiting||One year of full-time, paid experience in preschool or early intervention (Part C, any discipline)||Complete an ECSE practicum as an independent study|
|4. Knowledge of EI and ECSE systems of service delivery in the U.S. and Illinois||One year of full-time, paid experience in preschool or early intervention (Part C, any discipline) in the U.S.||Complete book chapters/modules/trainings on EI/ECSE service delivery|
ECSE supervision involves approximately 10 hours per week across fall and spring semesters. The doctoral student is assigned 3-4 practicum students to supervise each semester and is provided ongoing training and mentoring from ECSE faculty to develop their supervision skills. During the supervision experience, doctoral students sample the various roles and responsibilities that are involved with practicum supervision. These activities include, but are not limited to:
Doctoral students who do not meet the criteria to supervise in the LBSI or ECSE programs may design an alternative supervision experience with their advisor. The experience should involve about 300 hours of activities. Option 3 is not available to students who meet the criteria for Options 1 or 2.
In Option 3, the student must work with their advisor to propose a series of activities to help them learn about effective, research-based supervision strategies relative to their population of interest (e.g., birth to 3, preschool, school-age). The proposal must include a list of readings on supervision that will be completed and a process for integrating and summarizing major concepts learned. The student may wish to include one or more supplemental activities in their proposal. Examples of possible supplemental activities include:
In addition, the proposal should include at least one activity that involves substantive supervision of personnel across the semester. Examples of possible supervision experiences include, but are not limited to:
The student will complete a Supervision Contract with their advisor. The student will then submit the contract, with appropriate signatures, to the Curriculum Committee for approval. The contract must be submitted at least one semester prior to the supervision experience start date, but no later than the end of the student’s second year. The approved contract will be attached to the student’s Doctoral Plan and reviewed during the student’s Annual Progress Review. Significant changes in the plan require new approval by the student’s advisor and Curriculum Committee.
The completion of a minimum of one semester of experience (at least 25% time) in an administrative position is not required but is highly recommended. Often these types of positions are co-created by the doctoral student and advisor or other faculty members based on mutual interests and needs. Some examples include, but are not limited to: