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Graduate Program


Name: Dr. Alice Sagehorn
Phone: 620-235-4499

Education - School Health

The primary goal of the degree program is to assist School Nurses expand their knowledge of Special Education, Nursing, and Leadership in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 school settings. The Master of Science Degree with a Major in Education and an Emphasis in School Health is offered with two Options, both of which prepare a BSN graduate to work with a diverse Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 population in an effective and efficient manner.

Emphasis Areas

Emphasis areas include:

  • School Health

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 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.

Required Courses

Fall Semester #1

  • SPED 812 - Characteristics of Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • LDSP 800 - Educational Leadership

Spring Semester #1

  • SPED 829 - Teaching ASD: Issues in Transition
  • LDSP 890 - Thesis (for those taking Option I - Thesis)
  • LDSP 891 - Methods of Research(for those taking Option III - coursework)

Summer Semester #1

  • SPED 815 - Individuals with Exceptionalities
  • SPED 822 - Seminar in Special Education Law

Fall Semester #2

  • NURS 865 - Strategic Development
  • NURS 855 - Teaching Strategies
  • NURS 854 - Teaching Strategies:Practum

Spring Semester #2

  • NURS 850 - Curriculum Development
  • NURS 836 - Family Process/Management of Chronic/Illness: Practum

Summer Semester #2

  • SPED 849 - Partnerships with Families of Exceptional Children and Youth
  • LDSP 891 - Method of Research (for those taking Option I - Thesis)
  • SPED 861 - The Professional Special Educator (for those taking Option III or other elective from Nursing, Teaching and Leadership with approval of advisor)

Admission Requirements

Admission to this graduate degree program requires:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • B.S. in Nursing, licensed nurse, and working as a School Nurse
  • 2 recommendation forms from superintendent, principal or supervisor
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA during first 9 hours of coursework

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