Department of
Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education

Instructional Specialist Program

Elementary Content Concentration

The Instruction Specialist program is intended for the teaching practitioner in settings from early childhood through adolescence and young adulthood. A candidate for this program is typically an educator intending to remain in a general education classroom or work as an instructional specialist/team leader in the school setting with specific content or topics. This concentration allows the practitioner to strengthen their teaching in the core elementary subject areas: English Language Arts/Reading, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.

The candidate will learn to deal more effectively with diverse student learners and move from theory to best practice in the field. The Elementary Content is designed for educators who wish to improve their teaching, management, and assessment skills. A capstone project will be completed during EL829, Leadership and Coaching Practicum.

To learn more about the Elementary Content concentration, contact Scott Waters at 620-641-5445.

The Elementary Content concentration is also available in Olathe to Olathe teachers. Please contact Ann Addison, 913-780-7006, to learn more.


Program of Study

Introductory Core Courses (12 hours)

EL 751

Applications of Developmental Theories

3 hrs

EL 810

Information Literacy

3 hrs

EL 725

Differentiating Instruction

2 hrs

EL 828

Instructional Leadership and Coaching

2 hrs

ED/EL 892

Teaching/Learning Models

3 hrs

ER 752

Analysis of Research

3 hrs

EL 829

Leadership and Coaching Practicum

1 hr

Elementary Content Concentration (12 hours)

EL 801
Best Practices in Elementary Language Arts 3 hrs
EL 802 Best Practices in Elementary Math 3 hrs
EL 803 Best Practices in Elementary Science 3 hrs
EL 804 Best Practices in Elementary Social Studies 3 hrs

Electives (6 hours)

EL750  Classroom Management, Student  Motivation & Discipline (2 hrs)
EL821 Literacy Curriculum and Standards (1 hr)

EL812 Reading for Individuals with Special Needs (3 hrs)

ED837 Brain-based Learning for Educators (2-3 hrs)

EL815  Foundations of Curriculum Development K-12 (3 hrs)
EL854 Action Research in the Classroom (2 hrs)

6 hrs


Customize Your Plan - You may use other courses from the schedule and content area departments with advisor approval.