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​CSPG 91 - Supervisor of Special Education PK-12

​Supervisory Area Code 9215
Modified: May 11, 2023

The Supervisor of Special Education provides supervision of special education programs and services for children and youth in grades PK-12.

Grade Level Scope of Certificate

A person holding a valid Pennsylvania certificate for Supervisor of Special Education  PK-12 (age 3-21) is qualified to supervise all special education programs from Pre-K through grade 12. 

Certification Assignment

An educator holding a valid PA certificate as a Supervisor of Special Education PK-12 is qualified to function as a liaison between the school administration and the certified professional special education staff of a public school for the purpose of:

  1. Enhancing the attainment of the district’s expectations and goals by authorizing activities using judgment not equally shared by all professionally special education certified staff;
  2. Designing and supervising program service delivery and instruction to provide a free and appropriate public education to eligible students; 
  3. Supervising and directing other certified special education educators and support staff; and 
  4. Providing direct input to administrators, which affects the employment, assignment, transfer, promotion, layoff, discharge or other similar personnel actions of other professional-level employees certified in special education.

Special Considerations

  • A Principal PK-12 certificate may be used for an assignment as a Special Education Supervisor PK-12 to supervise and direct special education staff at the building or district-wide level (CSPG #95).
  • An educator certified in this field may provide school staff development services regarding their collegial studies/skills.


The Supervisor of Special Education is qualified for supervisory duties only in the special education area.

If a Supervisor of Pupil Personnel Services is assigned responsibility for a special education program, including the responsibilities of evaluating and supervising special education staff and instruction, that person must also hold a Supervisor of Special Education PK-12 certificate.


Program Specific Guidelines for Certification.

22 PA Code: Chapter 49: §49.11, §49.102-49.103

Chapter 14

PA Public School Code: §1202, §1212, §1604

This revision supersedes all earlier CSPGs carrying this number and/or addressing this subject. Previous printing dates on this subject: 1973, 3/75, 3/78, 2/82, 1/87, 7/04

Summary of Changes

​Date of Revisions
​Major Changes to CSPG #91
  • ​Updated terminology and formatting
  • No major changes necessary