Special Education Teaching (K-12 High Incidence/Low Incidence)

Graduate Program: Special Education Teaching (K-12 High Incidence/Low Incidence)

Online Program

Special Education Teaching (K-12 High Incidence/Low Incidence) Graduate Program Online

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.

Special Education Teaching (K-12 High Incidence/Low Incidence) program distinctives

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.

Career Options for Special Education Teaching (K-12 High Incidence/Low Incidence)

Graduates of this program leave with the knowledge, skills, and strategies required to enhance their ability as a:

  • Special Education High Incidence (Adaptive) teacher
  • Special Education Low Incidence (Functional) teacher
  • EdS student in Special Education Administration (master's level preparation)

Learn more about the Department of Teaching and Leadership

Admission to this graduate degree program requires:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Teaching license
  • Two recommendation letters from superintendent, principal, special education director or supervisor
  • Background check
  • Writing sample
  • Maintain 3.0 GPA first 12 hours of Graduate work

Program

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.

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