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Department of
Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education

Special Education Program

M.S. in Special Education, Gifted, Talented, and Creative Concentration

Program Description

The graduate degree program in gifted, talented, and creative special education at Emporia State is designed to support the needs of the students, teachers, schools, and special education administrators in Kansas. 


Admission Requirements

Admission to the Gifted, Talented and Creative concentration requires a 3.00 overall or 3.25 on the last 60 hours. In addition, Adaptive and Gifted applicants must submit three letters of recommendation, three disposition assessments, and a personal letter that addresses goals and interests.

If a candidate has previously received a grade of B or better in a required course, the advisor may approve the substitution of graduate level, degree appropriate electives.

All candidates must be accepted into the degree program before starting the first practicum.


Degree Candidacy Requirements

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, candidates should make application through their advisor. Requirements for degree candidacy are as follows:

  1. Degree plan filed through candidate's advisor.
  2. Maintain a B average with no grade lower than B in core courses is required in all courses for the Adaptive Program.

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 candidate must apply for degree candidacy after completing between 6 and 15 hours of course work. A candidate must be a degree candidate before enrolling in thesis or the second practicum.


Other Requirements for Special Education

A degree program must be completed and approved before the second term of enrollment.

Gifted candidates can complete a 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. Candidates selecting the thesis option are required to take
an oral examination over their thesis area and research.

Candidates 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.

For applicants who have been denied admission: Before reapplying for a graduate program, an applicant must (1) complete all background deficiencies and (2) repeat undergraduate courses to raise the GPA on the last 60 hours to 2.75 for Adaptive and 3.25 for Gifted.


Graduation Requirements

In order to receive a master’s degree from this department the candidate must accomplish the following:

  1. Complete an approved program of study as developed and approved by your faculty advisor.
  2. Be admitted to Degree Candidacy.
  3. Complete a Masters Capstone Project (SD 899) OR complete a master’s level thesis.
  4. Complete an Intent to Graduate Form (submit to the Graduate School).


Contact Us

To learn more, please contact Dr. Connie Phelps 620-341-5817.