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Graduate Program


Name: Dr. Ann George
Phone: 620-235-6090

Special Education Teaching - Adaptive Pre K-12 or K-12 Adaptive Functional

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.

Emphasis Areas

Emphasis areas include:

  • K-12 Adaptive Functional
  • Pre K-12 Adaptive

Program Outline

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.

Required Courses

Fall Semester #1

  • SPED 738 Characteristics of Students with Learning Needs
    SPED 745 Behavioral Analysis and Management

Spring Semester #1

  • SPED 761 Practicum/Adaptive Learning Needs
    SPED 779 Teach Elem Students with Adaptive Needs
    SPED 780 Teach Sec Students with Adaptive Needs

Summer Semester #1

  • SPED 750 Assessment in Special Education
    LDSP 822 Seminar in Special Education Law

Fall Semester #2

  • SPED 852 Characteristics of Stud with Functional Learning Needs
    TCHL 891 Methods of Research

Spring Semester #2

  • SPED 779 Teach Elem Students with Adaptive Needs
    SPED 780 Teach Sec Students with Adaptive Needs
    SPED 853 Teach Students/ Functional Learning Needs

Summer Semester #2

  • SPED 833 Leadership and Collaboration in Special Education
    SPED 860 Practicum/Functional Learning Needs

Admission Requirements

Admission to this graduate degree program requires:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Teaching license