Special Education

The mission of the Special Education academic program is to prepare knowledgeable, ethical, caring decision makers for students with special educational needs in the context of diverse and inclusive social groups, communities, families, and students.

Our goal is to prepare specialists to serve students and families with specific educational needs through assessment and intervention, leadership and collaboration, and clinical application, research, and practice.

Special education programs at K-State serve three purposes:


M.S. in Special Education

The M.S. in Special Education program prepares special education teachers at the graduate level in a cross categorical program with two areas of specialization: adaptive special education and functional special education. These programs have been approved for special education endorsement by the Kansas State Department of Education.

→ M.S. in Special Education Program booklet [pdf]

For more information about application, admission, program areas, and the portfolio, see the M.S. in Special Education web page.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of general education curriculum, transition, developmentally appropriate needs and practices, and skill in planning and implementing effective instruction.
  2. Students will be able to demonstrate effective communication and collaboration skills and uses these skills to build partnerships.
  3. Students will be able to demonstrate effective educational assessment, diagnosis, and evaluation knowledge and skills.

Ed.D. in Special Education

The Ed.D. in Special Education program prepares personnel for special education administration of special education programs.

→ Ed.D. in Special Education Program booklet [pdf]

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate extensive knowledge of research and practice in special education coupled with advanced scholarship in at least one area of specialization in the field.
  2. Students will be able to interpret theoretically grounded and research based information, adapt to changing situations, make complex decisions, solve problems, and evaluate actions in a professional education setting.

Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Graduate Certificate

The Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders certificate program extends the training of graduate students who have either already completed a M.S. degree in special education or who are currently enrolled in the M.S. program in special education at KSU and wish to add the autism certificate. The central goal of the certificate program in autism is to provide special education teachers with understanding and skills to provide special education programs for students with autism.