Graduate Programs


The School of Education offers courses leading to a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education (High Incidence, Early Childhood Unified, Low Incidence, and Gifted) for individuals who currently hold a teaching certificate or license.

A Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), for individuals who are seeking an initial license, is offered through three alternative certification programs; Transition to Teaching and Early Childhood Unified Residency, and Middle Level Secondary Residency.

Learning & Instructional Design (Masters)

The Master of Education in Learning and Instructional Design is ideal for education and professional development career advancement for those who are engaged in the K-12 teaching and workplace training of adult learners. It is a 30 credit hour program. The program is offered for students who meet the admission requirements and are seeking a graduate level degree in curriculum and instructional design leadership. The core curriculum consists of 15 credit hours of work in curriculum and instruction, 3 credit hours of thesis or non-thesis work and 12 credit hours of electives.

Learn more about the Learning & Instruction Design program.

Middle Level/Secondary Residency Program (Masters)

The Middle Level/Secondary Residency Program (MLS/MAT) is a partnership between WSU and Wichita-area school districts, which combines coursework and experience-based learning in a classroom setting. During this two-year residency, participants obtain positions as para-educator interns in the WSU Cooperative Education Program and work under the supervision of veteran teachers, while completing requirements for licensure and a MAT degree.

Learn more about the Middle Level/Secondary Residency program.

Transition to Teaching (Masters or Alternative Licensure)

The T2T program at WSU is a two-year alternative licensure program that combines graduate coursework (on-campus, hybrid and online) and full-time, paid teaching in an accredited school as the classroom teacher of record. The program is geared toward working professionals looking for a career change and more recent graduates wanting to teach. Teaching candidates fulfill teacher licensure requirements in the first 29 hours (two years). Those who wish to earn the Master's of Art in Teaching degree must complete an additional seven hours of research in the third year.

Learn more about the Transition to Teaching program.


Early Childhood Unified Residency Program (Masters)

The WSU MAT-ECU program reflects what is currently known about best practices in early childhood teacher preparation. With an emphasis on urban schools, the program prepares teaching residents to meet the needs of children with and without disabilities in varied settings. The MAT-ECU teacher residency program was developed using a PDS philosophy that centers on shared responsibility for teacher preparation between universities and schools as well as a shared responsibility for students learning. It involves students working in classrooms as paraprofessionals while working on their graduate degree and initial licensure.

Learn more about the Early Childhood Unified Residency Program program.

Special Education (Masters or Endorsement)

The special education program prepares practitioners who can facilitate learning for students with specialized learning needs by creating an environment that will make them successful learners. Program tracks in special education prepared individual for K-12 teaching as well as to provide community-based services or consultation to children and youth. 

The four program tracks include: