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Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education

Special Education Program

M.S. in Special Education, High Incidence Concentration

 


Enrollment Deadlines


Fall Admittance:
1st Friday in September – Application materials due
2nd Friday in September – Determination/Acceptance decision made
3rd Friday in September – Plan of Study created
 
Spring Admittance:
1st Friday December – Application materials due
2nd Friday December – Determination/Acceptance decision made
3rd Friday December – Plan of Study created
 
Summer Admittance:
1st Friday May – Application materials due
2nd Friday May – Determination/Acceptance decision made
3rd Friday May – Plan of Study created

 

Program Overview

The graduate degree program in high incidence special education at Emporia State is designed to support the needs of the students, teachers, schools, and special education administrators in Kansas. The High Incidence Special Education curriculum meets the endorsement standards for two levels: Early Childhood through Late Childhood (Grades K to 6) and Early Adolescence through Late Adolescence (Grades 6 to 12).

 

Application Process

Applications for the High Incidence Special Education Program are DUE the first Friday of September for fall admittance and plan of study, the first Friday in December for Spring admittance and plan of study, and the first Friday in May for Summer admittance.

Students can take up to nine hours of graduate adaptive special education courses without formal acceptance into the High Incidence Special Education Program. Acceptance into this program is a two-level process:

  1. students apply to be admitted to do graduate study at Emporia State;
  2. students apply for admission into the High Incidence Special Education Program for degree candidacy.

 

Undergraduate Eligibility

Contact Erin Tuttle at 620-342-5028.

 

Admission Requirements

People interested in becoming students within this program must:

  1. complete Emporia State's Graduate School Application;
  2. hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and be eligible for a teaching licensure;
  3. have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale (the average may be on the total undergraduate record or on the last 60 hours);
  4. provide two letters of recommendation from professionals in the field of education, psychology, or related disciplines supporting the person's request for admission, and address the candidate's
    academic skills and personal attributes, strengths and/or weaknesses;
  5. submit a personal letter describing his/her preparation, ability, interests, goals, and reasons for applying to the program;
  6. submit a signed copy of the Special Education Dispositions Assessment;
  7. provide two Disposition Assessments completed by professionals in the field of education who are
    aware of the person's work with children in school settings;
  8. provide a copy of his/her current teaching license. Applicants with an expired teaching license will need to contact the program about licensure renewal and program admissions requirements; and
  9. must be the teacher of record or working as a paraeducator to complete all practicums for this program.  Students typically complete practicum I during the first year of the program.

These materials should be sent to gradinfo@emporia.edu.

Upon completion and receipt of these documents, the application materials are reviewed by the High Incidence Special Education Admissions Committee.

  

Degree Candidacy

Degree candidacy is granted when a candidate admitted to graduate study has:

  1. successfully completed a minimum of six semester hours of course work in the graduate program of study; and
  2. filed a degree plan with the department no later than upon the completion of the 12 hours of course work. The degree plan must be approved by the candidate's advisor and the department chair. Candidates must have a grade of A or B on all courses on the plan of study.

 

Length of Program

All course work for graduate degrees at Emporia State University must be completed within seven years from the date of the first enrollment. In the case of compelling circumstances, the department offering the degree may consider a petition from the candidate for a one-year extension of old course work.

 

Contact Us

To learn more, please contact Dr. Kelly O'Neal-Hixson at 620-341-5856.