Evening & Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Special Education

Curriculum

Apply Now! The Master of Arts in Special Education is a thirty-six (36) credit hour program. The program is designed to assure that graduates meet qualifications established by the Kansas State Department of Education in order to receive a teaching endorsement in the area of High Incidence (formerly Adaptive) Special Education or Gifted Special Education.

The degree program prepares candidates to meet exceptional learning needs. The High Incidence (formerly Adaptive) program prepares teachers to effectively instruct children and youth who have learning needs in high incidence range. The Gifted program prepares teachers to effectively instruct children and youth who have gifted learning needs.

This program is based on Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) Standards and National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

Candidates can seek licensure for grades K-6 and 6-12 after completing a program of 36 hours and after completing one practicum at the elementary level and another practicum at the secondary level. For single-level (K-6, 5-8, or 6-12) or those seeking K-6 and 5-8 licensure, both practicum experiences may be completed at the same level. 

Six (6) hours of equivalent transfer credit from an accredited college or university which has an approved special education program will be accepted for students who do not hold provisional licensure.  Candidates who do hold provisional licensure may transfer a maximum of nine (9) credits. Candidates who are only seeking endorsement in a concentration will take 24 credits of a combination of core, concentration and practicum coursework indicated with an asterisk (*).
The Masters in Special Education is designed with two concentration pathways in mind. Candidates will focus on their concentration for projects and assessments in core courses. Syllabi for each course will reflect the different pathways for each concentration.

Special Education Core Coursework (24 credit hours)

  • SPED 714 — Inquiry, Data Collection, and Action Research (3) *

  • SPED 705 — Educating Students with Social and Behavioral Needs (3)

  • SPED 708 — Assessments of Students with Diverse Learning Needs (3) *

  • SPED 710 — Communication/Collaboration within the School Setting (3)

  • SPED 712 — Creating Optimal Learning Environments for Students with Diverse Learning Needs (3)

  • SPED 729 — Legal Issues and Ethics in Special Education (3)

  • SPED 728 — Technology Integration for Special Education (3)

  • SPED 737 — Leadership and Advocacy in Special Education (3)* (Capstone Course)


Concentration Courses

High Incidence/Adaptive (9 credit hours)

  • SPED 701 — Introduction and Characteristics of Gifted Learners (3) *

  • SPED 709 — Instructional Methods, strategies, and Curriculum Design for Gifted    Learners (3) *   

  • SPED 726 —  Advanced Methods and Curriculum Design for Gifted Learners (3)*


Gifted (9 credit hours)

  • SPED 701 — Introduction and Characteristics of Gifted Learners (3) *

  • SPED 709 — Instructional Methods, strategies, and Curriculum Design for Gifted    Learners (3) *   

  • SPED 726 —  Advanced Methods and Curriculum Design for Gifted Learners (3)*


Practicum Courses

Forty-five hours of supervised practicum required for each course. Candidates will meet with peers in their specific concentration for seminar sessions and be placed in either a high incidence (formerly adaptive) or gifted education setting depending on selected concentration area. Assignments may differ depending on concentration.

  • SPED 704 — Instructional Strategies and Methods Field Practicum *

  • SPED 716 — Advanced Practicum-Research project *