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MoPAL was designed for individuals with a current Missouri administrator certificate who would like to deepen their understanding of and proficiency as a district-level Special Education Director. The goal of MoPAL is to increase the number of qualified Special Education Directors in our state, inspiring them to be innovative leaders who guide their districts in the use of research-based approaches to supporting students with disabilities. 

Program Description

Mo-PAL is a three-year, Department of Education-sponsored program. Individuals who currently hold a Missouri administrator certificate are eligible for participation. Through this program, aspiring leaders receive essential content through online professional learning modules, cohort learning experiences, coaching, and mentoring. The modules include:

  • Module 1 Special Education Law, Regulation, and Compliance
  • Module 2 Special Education Finance
  • Module 3 Leadership in Special Education
  • Module 4 Overview of High Impact Instructional Practices
  • Module 5 Application of Effective Teaching and Learning Practices in Special Education
  • Module 6 Application of Data-Based Decision Making in Special Education
  • Module 7 Family and Community Involvement in Special Education
The modules are also available on the DESE Website: VLP (Virtual Learning Platform)

For more information, contact Kindra Delp, DESE Project Manager


Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education


3550 Amazonas Drive

Jefferson City, MO 65109

Office: 573-644-7804

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 14707

Springfield, MO 65814

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