The graduate program in Special Education is dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth with special needs – children and youth with mild/moderate disabilities and/or children and youth who are gifted, talented, and creative. Both programs have a 24 credit hour endorsement program and a 36 credit hour master’s degree. The curriculum of each program meets the endorsement standards for Early Childhood through Late Childhood (Grades K to 6) and Early Adolescence through Late Adolescence (Grades 6 to 12).
A degree program must be completed and approved before the second term of enrollment.
Adaptive candidates complete a comprehensive examination if they are in the master’s degree program. Gifted candidates can complete the comprehensive examination or thesis. For candidates selecting the thesis option, a thesis committee consisting of two faculty members from the field and one member outside the field will need to be selected. Students selecting the thesis option are required to take an oral examination over their thesis area and research.
Students selecting the non-thesis degree option will be required to take a written comprehensive examination at the end of graduate study covering their course work.
Candidacy is the formal approval for pursuit of the master's degree after it is determined that all specified criteria have been met. Upon completion of six to twelve hours, students should make application through their advisor. Requirements for degree candidacy are as follows:
1. Degree plan filed through student's advisor.
2. Maintain a B average with no grade lower than B in core courses.
In addition to the requirements of the Graduate School, the Graduate Essay Examination administered by the department must be passed. The Graduate Essay Examination should be completed during the first term of enrollment.
The student must apply for degree candidacy after completing between 6 and 15 hours of course work. A student must be a degree candidate before enrolling in thesis or the second practicum.
National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
Kansas State Department of Education
International Student Requirements:
For International Student admission, please visit the International Education web site.
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Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: Yes
# of Credits Required: 36
Classification: Master's College or University I
Locale: Remote Town
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