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 Arts in Teaching Special Education (MAT-SPED) is a licensure program designed for para-educators. It is a two year, 36 hour, online program that begins each summer. Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree in a non-teaching area and at least one year experience working as a para-educator. The program allows teacher candidates to earn a Kansas teaching license in High-Incidence, formerly Adaptive, Special Education, grades 6-12.  During the course of the program, candidates must be employed as full time para-educators in accredited Kansas schools, working with secondary students who have high-incidence learning needs. 

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Why Pitt State?

The 36 hour program is designed to be completed in a two years with six graduate credit hours of course work being completed each semester. Courses are to be taken in sequence to maximize the learning experience. Course content is presented online by utilizing Canvas, a learning management system. Candidates must be employed as a para-educator in a secondary high-incidence setting during the entirety of the program. This is the only Para-Educator to Licensed Special Education teacher program in Kansas.

Career Options

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)

Internship and research opportunities

During the course of the program, candidates must be employed as full time para-educators in accredited Kansas schools, working with secondary students who have high-incidence learning needs.  All of the courses and course assignments are predicated on working with middle/secondary students with high-incidence learning needs.

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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