Master of Education in Special Education

About the program

The Department of Education at Washburn University offers a master's degree and/or licensure in High Incidence Special Education, K-6 and 6-12. The requirements for provisional endorsement by the Kansas State Department of Education may be met prior to completion of the 33-credit hour Master of Education degree. Full endorsement is granted following completion of the full sequence of courses and two years of successful classroom teaching experience. Provisional licensure may be obtained with the completion of nine specified hours of graduate credit, including an appropriate practicum experience and admission to the Graduate Program.  

Job prospects

Most special education endorsements are granted at the level (e.g., elementary, secondary) for which a regular teaching licensure is held. Consequently, career placement options for licensed elementary and secondary education teachers include the self-contained classroom, the resource room, and the itinerant consultant teacher in the public school. Secondary special education teachers with a subject area specialization (e.g., history, mathematics, art, English, etc.) may also work in state or private institutions as well as in adolescent correctional facilities.   

Licensure-Only Special Education option

The Licensure Only Program in Special Education is available for teachers with an elementary or secondary teaching license who wish to pursue a teaching license in high incidence special education without earning a master’s degree. Candidates who already have a master’s degree - or those not interested in obtaining a master’s degree - will be required to submit:

  1. an application to the Department of Education
  2. a copy of their current teaching license
  3. two letters of reference, and
  4. complete a plan of study with their advisor.

Licensure-only candidates can earn a provisional license which will be good for two years and can reapply for a second provisional license with successful completion of coursework. Candidates completing all coursework can apply for full licensure in adaptive special education. Candidates who are pursuing licensure-only can opt to apply for the master program no later than the date at which they apply for the second provisional license.

Master of Education completion requirements

Candidates who wish to be considered for the 33-credit M.Ed. program must:

  1. Achieve passing scores on the GRE or MAT or pass the Graduate Admission Test,
  2. Have a GPA of 3.0 or better in graduate work attempted, and
  3. Have the recommendation of their advisor.   

Student Learning Outcomes for MEd – Special Education

At the conclusion of the High Incidence Special Education Program, candidates are expected to have:

  • Acquired the ability to understand the philosophical, historical and legal foundations for special education; 
  • Acquired the ability to understand and appreciate child development, diversity and support for learner needs; 
  • Developed the ability to give, score and interpret a broad range of formal and informal assessments and use this information to plan and evaluate instruction; 
  • Developed the ability to plan, implement and monitor instruction and have good classroom management skills; 
  • Demonstrated effective communication with families, students and staff and have good collaboration skills; and 
  • Acquired knowledge of appropriate legal and ethical issues in order to conduct activities professionally.

Special Education Program of Study (PDF)

Learn more about the Limited Apprentice Program (LAP) in High Incidence Special Education, K-6 or 6-12

GET IN TOUCH WITH Department of Education

Department of Education
Carnegie Hall, Room 202
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: 785.670.1427

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