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MS - Instructional Specialist

Overview

If you are an educator - whether in a early childhood, elementary or secondary setting - our instructional specialist degree could be the thing you are looking for to advance your career. Completing this degree is great for teachers who want to either develop more skills as classroom teachers, content area leaders, instructional specialists, coaches, and those delivering professional development.

We offer four concentrations, so you can choose which fits your professional needs best: dyslexia, elementary content, elementary STEM, or reading specialist. Whichever of the four concentrations available in this master's degree you pursue, by doing so, you will learn to deal more effectively with diverse learners and move from theory to best practice in the field.

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Instructional Specialist

No matter which concentration you choose, the information you need is in this handbook.

Program Information + Student Handbook

Candidates may choose from these areas of concentration:

Instructional Specialist, Dyslexia Concentration

Concentration, Master of Science

The dyslexia program is intended for teachers to developing an understanding of dyslexia and effective ways to assess and instruct students with dyslexia tendencies. This online program is designed following the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) Knowledge and Practice Standards.

Instructional Specialist, Elementary Content Concentration

Concentration, Master of Science

This program is intended for the teaching practitioner in settings from early childhood through adolescence and young adulthood. The elementary content concentration allows the practitioner to strengthen their teaching in core elementary subject areas. Offered online and at the Olathe school district.

Instructional Specialist, Elementary STEM Concentration

Concentration, Master of Science

This program provides you with coursework including educational foundations and all areas of STEM, with opportunities for customization of the program through STEM electives. Offered online and in the Olathe school district.

Instructional Specialist, Reading Specialist Concentration

Concentration, Master of Science

This program, based on the International Reading Association standards, is intended for the teaching practitioner in settings from early childhood through adolescence and young adulthood. You will learn to deal more effectively with diverse learners and move from theory to best practice in the field. The Reading Specialist PK-12 serves practicing teachers, elementary or secondary, who wish to acquire initial reading specialist licensure with a master’s degree in Kansas. This program is offered entirely online and at the Olathe school district.


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The criteria for admission for this program includes the following:

Admission points are assigned on each of the above elements. The stronger the performance, the greater the number of points assigned. Admission points are totaled and admission is determined by a department graduate committee.

Additional information regarding any of the stated criteria is available upon request. Candidates are urged to begin immediately to make arrangements and complete details to gain degree candidacy. APPLICANTS FOR ADMISSION TO DEGREE CANDIDACY MUST HAVE ALL REQUIREMENTS COMPLETED BEFORE THE COMPLETION OF 12 HOURS.

Admission and Retention Policies

Knowledge of and compliance with the requirements are primarily the responsibility of the student. Consequently, careful reading and study of the graduate catalog should be a self-imposed prerequisite for all students applying for admission to graduate study. The graduate catalog is available here.

Application for admission must be made to the Graduate School (see here). Official transcripts of all college credit must be supplied. (Transcripts must include the baccalaureate degree and all transfer credit that is to be applied to the master's degree.)

Upon satisfactory completion of the above requirements, the student will be admitted to candidacy for the degree sought. Candidacy is the formal approval for pursuit of a graduate degree after it is determined that all specified admissions criteria have been met. Students shall continuously demonstrate personal characteristics appropriate to the profession and maintain a 3.00 GPA or better throughout their program.

Length of Program

All work must be completed within a seven-year period. The seven-year period begins with the semester in which the first course applied to the degree was taken.

Degree Requirements

Instructional Specialist degrees require the completion of 35 graduate hours.

If courses listed were taken as an undergraduate, they must be replaced by additional advisor-approved advanced electives.


How To Contact Us

Dyslexia Concentration

Phone

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Email

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Elementary Concentration Concentration

Phone

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Email

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Elementary STEM Concentration

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Email

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Reading Specialist PK-12 Concentration

Phone + Email

New Student Inquiries:
Elizabeth Dobler, 620-341-5762

Licensure Only Inquiries:
Elizabeth Dobler, 620-341-5762

School District Collaborations/Cohort Groups:
Lori Mann, 620-341-5754