Special Education Academic Programs

The mission of the Special Education academic program is to prepare knowledgeable, ethical, caring decision makers for students with special educational needs in the context of diverse and inclusive social groups, communities, families, and students. Our goal is to prepare specialists to serve students and families with specific educational needs through assessment and intervention, leadership and collaboration, and clinical application, research, and practice.

We offer both graduate and undergraduate programming in special education – a master's degree, a doctoral degree, a graduate certificate in teaching students with autism spectrum disorder, and endorsements in high incidence and low incidence special education as well as undergraduate provisional high incidence endorsements added to the elementary or secondary education licensure programs. Some of these programs are available online (those program links below will take you to the K-State Online website).

Special Education Master's Degree (Online)

The M.S. in Special Education program prepares special education teachers at the graduate level in a cross categorical program with two areas of specialization: high incidence special education and low incidence special education. These programs have been approved for special education endorsement by the Kansas State Department of Education.

Scholarships are Available

Online Application for Special Education Scholarships

Masters' Degree in Special Education Program Booklet (PDF)


Special Education Doctorate (Ed.D.)

The Ed.D. in Special Education prepares personnel for educational and leadership roles in special education in both K-12 and higher education settings.

Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder Graduate Certificate (Online)

This certificate program extends the training of graduate students who have either already completed a master's degree in special education or who are currently enrolled in the master's degree program in special education at K-State and wish to add the autism certificate. The central goal of this program in autism is to provide special education teachers with understanding and skills to provide special education programs for students with autism.

High Incidence and Low Incidence Special Education Endorsements for Licensure

The special education endorsement is available online and can be granted to a person who holds a valid Kansas Professional Teaching License for the level (i.e., elementary or secondary) of special education preparation. The endorsement programs for high incidence or low incidence special education may lead to a master’s degree. At least half of the credits required for special education endorsement must be earned at K-State, including at least one major course and one practicum, before the College of Education may recommend for special education endorsement.

For more information about special education endorsements, please contact Diane Murphy, K-State Licensing Officer, at dim@k-state.edu.

Undergraduate Provisional Endorsements

These programs prepare undergraduate education students for working with exceptional students in the general education classroom:

For more information about Special Education graduate programs, call 785-532-5541 or email cjwalker@k-state.edu.