"As schools become more diverse and standards become increasingly rigorous, school leaders must acquire the knowledge and skills needed to implement evidence-based inclusive practices designed to ensure all students are provided with the supports necessary to achieve."

"I learned about NUSELI and was accepted into the program while still an Assistant Principal. My experience as an Assistant Principal along with my participation in NUSELI as I sought my doctorate degree helped me greatly prepare for my first Principalship at Westridge Middle School. "

"NUSELI brings together leaders who have a desire to increase their knowledge and ability to have an impact on the lives of all students, especially students with disabilities. The scholars’ research, which spans for over a decade, continues to influence leaders, educators, and students."

Welcome to all professionals interested in an Educational Doctoral (Ed.D.) program with a concentration in special education administration at the University of Central Florida.

The purpose of this initiative is to address the critical gap in the traditional preparation of urban special education, mid-level administrators and the skills, knowledge, and dispositions needed for full implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) of 2004.

This initiative is built on a collaborative partnership between the University of Central Florida, the largest urban school districts in Florida and the nation, and special education leaders from around the country.

Changing Lives Through Education


Development of a model program for an Educational Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) with a specialization in Special Education Leadership for urban special education administrators


Creation of a cadre of experts and special education urban leadership to act as the National Faculty that will aid in instructing doctoral candidates and provide ongoing advice


Graduation of urban special education administration fellows with doctoral degrees to serve as leaders in their respective school districts and as new members of the National Faculty

Our Story

Dr. Kimberly Steinke

NUSELI opened the doors for me to build professional relationships with special education leadership colleagues beyond the border of my district and has extended across the state and nation. I have been exposed to outstanding opportunities to learn from experts in the field and have been able to visit schools and see programs that provide […]

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