Special Education (High Incidence Elementary Education / Alternative Licensure)
Online Master's Degree

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The Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education (MAT-SPED) Elementary is a licensure program designed for para-educators. It is a two year, 36 hour, online program that begins each summer. Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree in a non-teaching area and at least one year experience working as a para-educator. The program allows teacher candidates to earn a Kansas teaching license in High-Incidence, Special Education, grades K-6. During the course of the program, candidates must be employed as full time para-educators in accredited Kansas schools, working with students in grades K-6 who have high-incidence learning needs or can be hired by a school district as the Teacher of Record using the Limited Apprentice License. 

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  • About Master's Program
The 36 hour program is designed to be completed in two years with six graduate credit hours of coursework being completed each semester. Courses are to be taken in sequence to maximize the learning experience. Course content is presented online by utilizing Canvas, a learning management system.

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Whether you are beginning your career with a Bachelor of Science in Education or want to grow professionally with a Masters Degree or Educational Specialist, we believe this is the place for you! With accredited programs, campus, online and hybrid classes, caring faculty and staff to guide you, you can begin or continue your journey toward a rewarding life in the field of Education and Leadership.

The faculty in the Early Childhood Unified program come from the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Department of Teaching and Leadership. They also serve as academic advisors for the program.

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