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Connect to Your Future in Special Education

Are you a licensed teacher looking to specialize in a more focused area of education?

 Earn your Master of Education in Special Education fully online without sacrificing home or classroom time.

Earn your Special Education masters degree

Gain the advanced skills needed to teach and support students with specialized learning needs by completing your masters degree or endorsement in special education online from Wichita State.

The Online Master of Education in Special Education Program at Wichita State University will prepare you to make a positive impact on students with mild-to-moderate cross-categorical disabilities.

Choose from three program emphases for your online masters in special education:

  • Special Education High-Incidence
  • Special Education Low-Incidence
  • Special Education Gifted

Offered online from the School of Education at Wichita State, the special education online program is a perfect fit for licensed educators seeking to develop their existing skills while balancing obligations at work and home. Just 30-33 graduate credit hours of coursework and the culminating experience (thesis or non-thesis capstone).

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Now admitting for Fall Semester 2018

Applications are evaluated upon receipt, only a limited number of students are accepted in this program each year.

Admission requirements:

  1. Admission to the WSU Graduate School
    1. Apply online to the Graduate School
    2. $60 Graduate School application fee
  2. Official transcripts submitted to the Graduate School
    1. GPA of 3.00 or higher in the last 60 credit hours
  3. Current teaching license/certificate (or eligible for certificate/license)

Students in this online program will be admitted to the WSU Graduate School.

Program Emphases

The program emphases in special education prepares individuals for K-12 teaching and also to provide community-based services or consultation to children and youth.

  • High Incidence Emphasis addresses the needs of students with mild and moderate levels of disabilities (intellectual disability, behavioral/emotional disorders, learning disabilities.)
  • Low Incidence Emphasis addresses the needs of students with severe and multiple disabilities (intellectual disability, behavioral/emotional disorders, learning disabilities.)
  • Gifted Education Emphasis prepares graduates to educate elementary through secondary age students who demonstrate intellectual giftedness.

This Master’s Degree in Special Education may not lead to licensure, unless you hold a valid Kansas teaching license.

This degree is conferred in Kansas and does not guarantee Special Education licensure outside of Kansas.

Students enrolling in this program must refer to the licensing agency and requirements in their own state.


Wichita State’s online 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.

Graduates of the Special Education online program at Wichita State are in demand at all educational levels from kindergarten through high school.

Graduates of this program are good candidates for employment at:

  • K-12 Public or Private Schools
  • Community Agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Home-based service agencies


Online Graduate Tuition is $404.19 per credit hour*, additional college fees may apply.
*Based on AY 2018-2019 tuition rates and are subject to change.

Why WSU’s Online Special Education Program?

The online Special Education program will develop educators who possess theoretical understanding and practical skills. The flexible online format enables graduate students to earn their degree while employed full-time and balancing other obligations.

WSU’s College of Education is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, National Association of School Psychologists and the Kansas State Board of Education.


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