The Master of Science in Special Education High/Low Incidence is designed for licensed teachers to earn an endorsement in special education teaching in a cross categorical program. Through a combination of assessment, intervention, clinical experience, research, and practice graduates become outstanding professional educators who serve students with exceptionalities and their families. The curriculum meets the endorsement standards for two levels: Elementary (Grades K-6) and Middle and Secondary (Grades 6-12). The candidate's initial teaching license determines the level of the endorsement. This program is fully accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education and CAEP.
Special Education teaching is identified nationally and in Kansas as a high need field. Candidates enrolled in the MS Special Education program can be employed as a special education teacher while taking courses with a provisional license. The PSU Licensure Officer will work with the candidate's school district to secure the provisional license.
Options available for the degree include: Option I: Thesis This option is designed to prepare students for a doctoral program, for advanced professional careers, or for students wanting to complete an in-depth research experience. Option II: Research Problem This option is designed to provide a research experience that can include a specific problem, creative and aesthetic efforts such as performances, exhibits, or creative programs, or an internship.
Graduates of this program leave with the knowledge, skills, and strategies required to enhance their ability as a:
Admission to this graduate degree program requires:
Students in the Special Education Teaching (K-12 High Incidence/Low Incidence) program take a selection of classes that successfully prepare them for a career in a related field.