MEd in Special Education - Gifted

The special education degree with an emphasis in high incidence, low incidence and gifted is available for individuals certified at the elementary and/or secondary level (K–9, 7–12, or K–12) or licensed to teach children (early childhood through late childhood, late childhood through early adolescence, or early adolescence through late adolescence and adulthood). The special education degree with an emphasis in early childhood unified is also available for individuals who are certified to teach young children (birth to age 8). Courses are offered online enabling graduate students to earn their degree while employed full time and balancing other obligations.

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Admission requirements include:

  1. GPA of 3.000 or higher; or GPA of at least 2.750 and official GRE scores of at least 152 in Verbal and 153 in Quantitative.
  2. Full admission to WSU Graduate School.
  3. Current teaching certificate/license (or eligible for a certificate/license).

Applications are evaluated when received for the MEd in special education. Only a limited number of students are accepted into this program each year.

Program Requirements

The fully online Master of Education in special education — gifted may be earned under a thesis or nonthesis option — 30 credit hours of coursework, practical experience, and the culminating experience (i.e., thesis or nonthesis). 

All students must complete the research component.

MEd in Special Education — Gifted Track

Core Course Sequence
CI 784Foundations of Education for Individuals with Exceptionalities3
CI 737Methods/Assessment: Gifted3
CI 749GPracticum: Gifted3
CI 796Family and Professional Collaboration3
CI 812Transition across Life Span2
CI 814Advanced Methods: Gifted2
CI 814AInternship/Practicum: Advanced Methods Gifted1
CI 818Positive Behavior Supports for Students With Exceptionalities3
CI 818AInternship/Practicum: Positive Behavior Supports1
CI 822Principles of Nondiscriminatory Assessment for Students With Exceptionalities2
Research Component
CESP 704Introduction to Educational Statistics3
or CI 717 Qualitative Inquiry in Education
or CLES 801 Introduction to Educational Research
Select one of the following combinations4
Evidence Based Inquiry: Capstone Project Proposal
and Evidence-Based Inquiry: Capstone Project
Master’s Thesis
and Master’s Thesis
Total Credit Hours30

Candidates may elect to complete only a 23-credit-hour endorsement.

Note: After successful completion of the first 9 credit hours, the candidate is eligible to apply to KSDE for a two-year provisional endorsement. A second two-year provisional may be applied for if the candidate has continued to make adequate progress in the program. Please contact the Licensure Office in Education Support Services, 316-978-3300, for information on the licensure application to submit.

Applied Learning

Students are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from programs in curriculum and instruction. The requirements can be met by completing either a master’s thesis or capstone research project in which the emphasis is on applying professional practices to research and is directly linked to applied learning. In addition, students who graduate from the graduate program in special education must experience at least 135 credit hours of field experience/internship in special education classrooms.