Program Details

Master of Science - Special Education (concentrations in High Incidence and Gifted, Talented, and Creative).

Emporia, United States
Program Type:
Full Degree
Degree Level:
Graduate Certificate
Special Education

Program Overview

Program Description:

The graduate program in Special Education is dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth with special needs – children and youth with mild/moderate disabilities and/or children and youth who are gifted, talented, and creative.  Both programs have a 24 credit hour endorsement program and a 36 credit hour master’s degree.  The curriculum of each program meets the endorsement standards for Early Childhood through Late Childhood (Grades K to 6) and Early Adolescence through Late Adolescence (Grades 6 to 12).

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

Candidates in the High Incidence concentration complete a comprehensive examination if they are in the master’s degree program.  Gifted candidates can complete the 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. Students selecting the thesis option are required to take an oral examination over their thesis area and research.

Students 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.


Additional Program Information

National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education Kansas State Department of Education
Financial Aid:
To gain admission to the High Incidence concentration, candidates requires a 3.00 grade point average overall or a 3.25 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework. Admission to the Gifted, Talented and Creative concentration requires a 3.00 overall or 3.25 on the last 60 hours. In addition, High Incidence and Gifted applicants must submit three letters of recommendation, three disposition assessments, and a personal letter that addresses goals and interests.
International Requirements:
For International Student admission, please visit the International Education web site.