Share page: 

Graduate Programs

The Department of Teaching and Leadership offers a wide selection of Graduate Programs which are fully accredited by NCATE and the Kansas State Department of Education. These programs meet a variety of needs for educators already in the field or those who are looking for an alternative route to earning a teaching license. Most of the programs lead to licensure and/or an endorsement to a teaching license. The programs are delivered through a variety of platforms: on campus, KC Metro Center, online, and hybrid.

The Graduate Programs in the Department of Teaching and Leadership are designed to help professional educators expand their knowledge of skills in professionalism, effective communication, leadership, best teaching practices, and assessments, learning opportunities for all, integration of technology, and effective research within the educational environment.

Program Options

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.

Option III: Course Work

This option requires completion of course work that demonstrates evidence of advanced course work in an area of concentration. Departments will require evidence of competency through activities such as research papers, portfolios, practice, internships, comprehensive exams or other individual work. Students should check with their major department for specific requirements for the coursework.

Program Coordinators

Dr. Brenda Roberts
broberts@pittstate.edu
(620) 235-4498

Dr. Alice Sagehorn
asagehorn@pittstate.edu
(620) 235-4499

Graduate Programs

    Coordinated by Dr. Alice Sagehorn

    Coordinated by Dr. Brenda Roberts

    Coordinated by Dr. Alice Sagehorn

    Note: Programs labeled "ONLINE" are available only online and do not require any on-campus courses. Program labeled "HYBRID" are delivered and completed online and on-campus. All unlabeled programs are traditional, on-campus programs.

    Master of Science Degree in Special Education Teaching

    The Department of Teaching and Leadership offers a Master of Science degree with a major in Special Education Teaching. Within the program, students will select from two different emphasis areas, listed below. Applicants must already have a valid teaching license/certificate to be eligible for admission. This program will result in an endorsement matching the emphasis chosen.

    Admission Requirements

    1. The student must hold a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Education degree with requirements met for a general education conditional teaching license.
    2. The student will have a GPA of at least 3.00 in the undergraduate major.
    3. International students must check with the graduate website for requirements.
    4. Students may be granted probationary admission by maintaining a 3.0-grade point average during the first nine hours of coursework.

    Areas of Emphasis

    K-12 High Incidence/Low Incidence 

    The Adaptive/Functional Special Education Master of Science is a 36 hour, online program intended for teachers who seek endorsement to teach students with adaptive (mild-moderate) and functional (moderate-severe) learning needs, grades K-6, 6-12. This program is designed to be completed in 6 semesters with candidates taking two specifically sequenced courses each semester. A new cohort begins each fall.

    Options Available

    • Option I: Thesis
    • Option II: Research Problem

    University Catalog

    BACK TO TOP

    Master of Science Degree in Teaching

    The Department of Teaching and Leadership offers a Master of Science degree with a major in Teaching. Within the program, students will select from three different emphasis areas, listed below. This degree program is for individuals who already hold a teaching license.

    The Master of Science in Teaching with an ESOL emphasis can be completed online.

    Admission Requirements

    1. The student will have a GPA of at least 3.00 in the undergraduate major.
    2. International students must check with the graduate website for requirements.
    3. Students may be granted probationary admission by maintaining a 3.30-grade point average during the first nine hours of coursework.

    Areas of Emphasis

    Elementary | Program Guide (PDF)

      Secondary | Program Guide (PDF)

        English for Speakers of Other Languages | Program Guide (PDF)

          Options Available

          • Option I: Thesis
          • Option III: Course Work

          University Catalog

          BACK TO TOP

          Master of Arts Degree in Teaching Secondary (Alternative Licensure)

          The Master of Arts in Teaching for Secondary Education is an alternative licensure program designed for individuals who have earned a baccalaureate degree in a teaching content area without an education emphasis. This alternative licensure program allows a teacher candidate to earn a Kansas teaching license while teaching full time in an accredited Kansas school and taking approved coursework. Pittsburg State University (PSU) does not provide full-time teaching positions, but the PSU Office of Career Services and Office of Teacher Education will assist the candidate in identifying teaching positions and preparing for the interview.

          Those teacher candidates who are not employed as a full-time classroom teacher can take the approved coursework and must complete one semester (16 weeks) of student teaching in an accredited school.

          The MAT program is offered at the Pittsburg campus or the Kansas City Metro campus. Course instructional delivery includes online, face-to-face in the evening, Inter-Distance Learning (IDL) and hybrid.

          Admission Requirements

          1. Review of transcripts verifying applicant’s earned degree in content area or completion of coursework equivalent to requirements for PSU approved teacher education programs
          2. Required documents to be considered for admission to the MAT program: two letters of recommendation and a writing sample
          3. Professional disposition and a sample teaching lesson evaluated by the MAT Admission Review Committee
          4. Applicant must be then recommended by the MAT Committee for Admission and Retention in Teacher Education
          5. Passing score on a basic skills test (reading, writing, and math) or an ACT of 24 or above
          6. In-major GPA of 2.75 or higher and cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher
          7. Passing score on the appropriate Content Area test

          Options Available

          • Option III: Course Work

          MAT Secondary Handbook 2016

          University Catalog

          BACK TO TOP

          Master of Arts Degree in Teaching Special Education(Alternative Licensure)

          The Master of Arts in Teaching Licensure Program for Special Education is an online program designed for individuals who have a baccalaureate degree and at least one year experience working as a paraeducator. This program allows a teacher candidate to earn a Kansas teaching license in teaching students with high-incidence disabilities in grades 6-12. During the course of the program, the candidate must be employed as a full-time paraeducator in an accredited Kansas school, working with secondary students who have high-incidence disabilities. The two-year program begins each summer.

          Admission Requirements

          1. Undergraduate degree; 3.00 GPA or admitted with condition
          2. At least one year experience as a para-educator in a special education classroom
          3. Current employment as a para-educator.

          Options Available

          • Option III: Course Work

          MAT Special Education Handbook 2016

          University Catalog

          BACK TO TOP

          Master Science Degree in Education Leadership

          The Department of Teaching and Leadership offers a Master of Science degree with a major in Educational Leadership. This program is intended for the preparation of elementary, middle and secondary school principals and school superintendents. Experiences will also be provided for educators who will be in leadership roles for such activities as chapter/title programs, school/district curriculum projects and leadership duties in other human services professions. These experiences may involve one or more of the following five interrelated areas: measurement, evaluation, statistical analyses, computer usage, and research design.

          Admission Requirements

          1. The student will have a history of assuming leadership roles in a variety of settings
          2. The student will demonstrate effective writing skills
          3. The student will demonstrate the ability to work collabor­atively with others
          4. The student will show a commitment to assuming leader­ship roles within organizations
          5. The student will demonstrate a history of meeting deadlines and satisfactorily accomplish major tasks
          6. The student will have a GPA of at least 3.00 for one of the following:
            1. The last two years of undergraduate work for those students who have only an undergraduate degree and less than nine hours of graduate work
            2. Nine hours or more of current graduate credit courses
            3. A completed undergraduate degree

          Options Available

          • Option I: Thesis
          • Option II: Research Problem

          Program Guide (PDF)

          University Catalog

          BACK TO TOP

          Master of Science Degree in Educational Technology

          The Master of Science degree with a major in Educational Technology is designed to prepare the student to work with educational technology in educational settings. Two curricular emphases are offered within the degree: (1) Technology Integration Specialist and (2) Library Media Specialist. Recommendation for licensure as a school library media specialist is an expected end result. This program is delivered entirely online.

          Admission Requirements

          1. The student must apply for the degree program through the Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies
          2. Students must provide a copy of valid teaching license
          3. Students must have a 3.0 undergraduate GPA
          4. Students must have an official undergraduate transcript posted

          Areas of Emphasis

          Technology Integration Specialist

          Candidates who select the technology integration specialist emphasis prepare to lead in the design, develop­ment, and management of instructional materials through the use of educational technologies.

          School Library Media Licensure

          Candidates who select the library media emphasis prepare to lead in the design, development, and direction of library media centers in elementary, middle and/or secondary schools.

          Options Available

          • Option I: Thesis
          • Option II: Research Problem

          Program Guide (PDF)

          University Catalog

          BACK TO TOP

          Specialist in Education Degree in Advanced Studies in Leadership (General School Administration)

          The Specialist in Education degree program in school administration is designed to prepare superintendents and other central office personnel. Candidates for the degree must hold a Master’s Degree in an educationally related field in addition to the requirements for the Specialist Degree. The degree program is designed to permit a student to specialize in a specific comprehensive knowledge of administration at both elementary and second­ary levels. This is accomplished through electives and individual study courses available in the program to meet individual needs.

          Admission Requirements

          1. The student will have a history of assuming leadership roles in a variety of settings
          2. The student will demonstrate effective writing skills when asked to respond to an on-the-spot writing assignment
          3. The student will demonstrate effective writing skills when given the opportunity to respond over a week's time
          4. The student will demonstrate in writing the ability to:
            • Synthesize information from a variety of sources
            • Apply knowledge to real-world problems
            • Problem-solve without grabbing at the first solution that comes to mind
          5. The student will demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with others
          6. The student will demonstrate the ability to understand a piece of research
          7. The student will show a commitment to assuming leadership roles within organizations
          8. The student will demonstrate the ability to be self-reflective
          9. The student will demonstrate a history of meeting deadlines and satisfactorily accomplishing major tasks.

          Options Available

          • Option I: Thesis
          • Option II: Research Problem

          Program Guide (PDF)

          University Catalog

          BACK TO TOP

          Specialist in Education Degree in Advanced Studies in Leadership (Special Education)

          The Specialist in Education degree program in Special Education is designed to prepare district level leaders. Candidates for the degree must hold a master’s degree in an educationally related field in addition to the requirements for the specialist degree.

          Admission Requirements

          1. The student will have a history of assuming leadership roles in a variety of settings
          2. The student will demonstrate effective writing skills when asked to respond to an on-the-spot writing assignment
          3. The student will demonstrate effective writing skills when given the opportunity to respond over a week's time
          4. The student will demonstrate in writing the ability to:
            • Synthesize information from a variety of sources
            • Apply knowledge to real-world problems
            • Problem-solve without grabbing at the first solution that comes to mind
          5. The student will demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with others
          6. The student will demonstrate the ability to understand a piece of research
          7. The student will show a commitment to assuming leadership roles within organizations
          8. The student will demonstrate the ability to be self-reflective
          9. The student will demonstrate a history of meeting deadlines and satisfactorily accomplishing major tasks.

          Options Available

          • Option I: Thesis
          • Option II: Research Problem

          Program Guide (PDF)

          University Catalog

          BACK TO TOP

          University of Arkansas Partnership

          The PSU College of Education, Department of Teaching and Leadership, has an articulation agreement with the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville for graduates of the Specialist in Education Degree (EdS) with a major in Advanced Studies in Leadership and the Educational Doctorate (EdD) in Leadership at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. For more information about the EdS to EdD Leadership program, contact Dr. Brenda Roberts.

          Master of Science in Reading

          The Department of Teaching and Leadership offers a Master of Science degree with a major in Reading. Within the program, students will select from two different emphasis areas, listed below. This degree program is for individuals who already hold a teaching license. The Reading Specialist emphasis provides Reading Specialist Licensure, while the Classroom Reading emphasis is designed for the teacher who wishes to be a better classroom reading teacher but does not wish to seek licensure.

          Admission Requirements

          1. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
          2. Teaching license
          3. Two Completed Recommendation Forms
          4. Writing sample

          Areas of Emphasis

          Reading Specialist Certification

          This emphasis provides Reading Special­ist Licensure and is designed for the teacher seeking Reading Licensure. This requires the Master's Degree plus a yearlong district-administered mentoring program after the completion of the degree.

          Classroom Reading Teacher

          This emphasis is designed for the teacher who wishes to be a better classroom teacher of reading but does not wish to seek licensure.

          Options Available

          • Option I: Thesis
          • Option III: Course Work

          Program Guide (PDF)

          University Catalog

          Master of Science with a major in Education and an emphasis in School Health

          The primary goal of the degree program is to assist School Nurses to expand their knowledge of Special Education, Nursing, and Leadership in the Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 schools.

          Admissions Requirements

          • Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree
          • Minimum Undergraduate GPA 3.0
          • Writing Sample
          • Two Completed Recommendation Forms

          Options Available

          • Option I: Thesis
          • Option III: Course Work

          Program Guide (PDF)

          Program Website

          BACK TO TOP