Master'sSpecial Education - Early Childhood Unified

Wichita State's Master of Education (MEd) in special education combines quality, accredited instruction with opportunities for research and applied learning in Kansas' largest school district—leading to high-demand careers in a variety of settings.

The program offers multiple specializations. Most students work full time, completing their degree in the evening and through online and hybrid (in person/online) courses. The program is excellent preparation for doctorate-level study in education.

Learn how Special Education - Early Childhood Unified is the right fit for you.

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Applied learning at Wichita State

At Wichita State, applied learning is everything. In fact, every degree we offer has a guaranteed applied learning or research experience built right into it equipping you with the relevant skills and experience to make you workforce ready before graduation.

Admission to the program

The early childhood unified emphasis is available to applicants who are certified to teach young children (birth to age 8). Admission requirements include:

  • Admission into the WSU Graduate School
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA for the last 60 credit hours OR 2.75 GPA and GRE scores of at least 152 in Verbal and 153 in Quantitative
  • Current teaching certificate/license (or eligible for a certificate/license)

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Inside the Program

Make a difference to the children of Kansas

Do you want to be a part of helping stop the teacher shortage in Kansas? WSU's Teacher Apprentice Program™ lets para educators earn their bachelor's in early education while already working in the classroom.

The fully online program is already producing more teachers who can help guide the youth of Kansas.


The early childhood unified program curriculum comprises 31 credit hours and prepares you to work with all young children from birth through grade 3.

Candidates may complete only the first 24 credit hours to receive an endorsement in Early Childhood Unified. These candidates are considered non-degree-seeking graduate students.


A graduate degree from Wichita State's College of Applied Studies will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to make a positive impact in the classroom—and on your career.