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Earn Your Master’s in Secondary Special Education and Transition Online @ KU

The online Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) Special Education and an emphasis in Secondary Special Education and Transition helps educators prepare secondary special education students and young adults with disabilities who are making the transition to adult life.

This special education graduate program will equip you with instructional teaching strategies and the latest in applied research to ensure success for students in secondary education transitioning to life outside of school.

Program Benefits
  • Top 10 Best Education School (among public universities)1
  • Top 30 Best Online Education Graduate Program2
  • #1 Special Education School (among public universities)1
  • Complete your course work anytime, anywhere through our innovative online format
  • Graduate in as few as two years
  • Submit your application with no GRE requirement for admission into the program
  • Accredited under NCATE standards through CAEP
Program Structure

Master's in Secondary Special Education and Transition

  • 10 courses, 8 weeks per course, 30 credits

  • Time to completion: as few as two years

Graduate Certificate in Secondary Special Education and Transition

  • 5 courses, 8 weeks per course, 15 credits

  • Time to completion: as little as a year

There are no practicum or residency requirements for these programs.

Admissions Requirements

Our Admissions Advisors are here to help answer your questions regarding admission requirements and licensure. If you have questions, please email us at onlineinfo@ku.edu or call us at 855-639-7799.

To be considered for admission, prospective students must have completed a bachelor’s degree with a GPA equal to or greater than 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 should contact an admissions advisor for more information.

To apply to the online Master's in Secondary Special Ed & Transition, your first step is completing the online application form. Prior to starting the form we recommend that you review our admissions guide. You will also need to include a Letter of Introduction, and the requirements are located here.

International applicants must meet English language proficiency requirements. These requirements are located here.

For more information about our admission requirements, visit the Department of Special Education website.

What You Will Learn

At the University of Kansas, we recognize that special education is an evolving field with a complex history. This master’s program encompasses a big-picture view while giving you current best practices and methodologies that you can apply as early as your first semester. As a part of this program, you will learn about:

  • Instructional teaching strategies and the latest in applied research to ensure success for students in secondary education transitioning to life outside of school
  • Methods to apply effective transition models and programs within an education setting
  • A deeper understanding of the inter-agencies and vocational services which support the transition into adulthood

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Faculty

The University of Kansas brings a rich academic tradition into the online environment. The KU School of Education is equally committed to KU’s mission of educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world. Our special education faculty are at the leading edge of research and practice to improve the lives of children with special needs. They have:

  • Served as leaders of and received recognition from key organizations such as The Arc and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • Authored dozens of books and over 1,000 academic articles that guide research and practice worldwide
  • Directed tens of millions in federal grant dollars dedicated to the field of special education

Meet the Faculty

After Graduation

The online Master's in Secondary Special Education and Transition is designed for passionate educators who are ready to take a step forward in their careers with a challenging, practice-based online master’s program. Graduates of the program work in many settings:

  • Special education teachers and advisors at the secondary level in public or private schools
  • Personnel in government or NGO’s working in a transition services-related capacity
  • Vocational evaluators at vocational services organizations

Please note: The Secondary Special Education Transition program does not lead to a teacher license or state endorsement in the state of Kansas.

No program can guarantee licensure. It is each student’s responsibility to determine the licensure requirements in his or her state and to apply for the licenses or endorsements necessary to his or her career goals. Our department staff and Licensure Officer can provide individual support during the application process to help you understand your state’s requirements.

Important Dates

Apr
26
Application Deadline

April 26
Summer 2019 Term

May
13
Next Start

May 13
Summer 2019 Term

Aug
09
Application Deadline

August 9
Fall 2019 Term

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Sources:
  1. Retrieved on October 19, 2017, from usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/university-of-kansas-155317/overall-rankings
  2. Retrieved on January 9, 2018, from usnews.com/education/online-education/university-of-kansas-155317