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.
- 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: High Incidence special education and Low Incidence special education. These programs have been approved for special education endorsement by the Kansas State Department of Education.
- The Ed.D. in Special Education program prepares personnel for special education administration of special education programs.
- This 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.
Endorsements for Licensure
High Incidence (Adaptive) and Low Incidence (Functional)
Special Education (Elementary or Secondary) Endorsement
- The special education endorsement can be granted to a person who holds a valid Kansas Professional Teaching License for the level (i.e., elementary or secondary) of special education preparation. The endorsement programs for high incidence (adaptive) or low incidence (functional) special education may lead to a master’s degree – specific requirements for these endorsement areas are included on the Special Education Master's Degree web page. At least half of the credits required for special education endorsement must be earned at K-State, including at least one major course and one practicum, before the College of Education may recommend for special education endorsement.
- The Low Incidence Special Education Endorsement program is available online – learn more on the K-State Global Campus website.
- For more information about special education endorsements, please contact Diane Murphy, K-State Licensing Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Undergraduate Provisional Endorsements
These programs prepare undergraduate education students for working with exceptional students in the general education classroom: