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College of Education
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1114 Mid-Campus Drive North
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506

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For more information about the QuickStart Program, contact:

Dr. Marilyn Kaff
Dr. Ann Knackendoffel

Special Education QuickStart Program

The Special Education QuickStart Program is for Elementary Education undergraduate students in the College of Education with an area of concentration in Special Education. Courses begin the sophomore or junior year.

There are Two QuickStart Options:

  1. Provisional Endorsement Option: 
    Students who want to teach special education follow this plan, completing the required special education coursework and dual student teaching with a Practicum Colloquium (during the final semester with student teaching). Individuals completing this option will be eligible for provisional endorsement in adaptive special education after accepting a special education teaching position. Courses for this option (3 credit hours each) are:
    • Prerequisite: 
      EDSP 324 Exceptional Child in the Regular Classroom (F, S, Su)
    • EDSP 710 Education of Exceptional Individuals (F, S, Su) 
    • EDSP 723 Characteristics of Cognitive Disabilities (F, S)
    • EDSP 728 Characteristics of Emotional/Behavior Disorders (F, Su)
    • EDSP 742 Interventions: Emotional and Behavior Disorders (F, S, Su)
    • EDSP 743 Intervention: Academic Disabilities  (F, S, Su)
  2. Elementary Education with a concentration in Special Education Option:
    • Students who want a stronger background but are not seeking special education endorsement follow this plan, taking 15 hours of special education coursework from the courses for provisional endorsement option (see option 1 courses- 710, 723, 728, 742, 743) and/or the following:
      • Prerequisite:
        EDSP 324 Exceptional Child in the Regular Classroom (F, S, Su)
      • Any of the following classes may substitute for courses leading to a concentration in special education:
        • EDSP 777 Behavior Management of Special Education (F, S)
        • EDSP 778 Technology for Special Education (F)
        • EDCEP 715 Principles of Assessment (F, Su)
    • Students choosing this option will not complete the Practicum Colloquium and will not be eligible for provisional endorsement.

Why Consider the Provisional Endorsement Option?

  • You're getting a "QuickStart" to a Master's degree!
  • Allows you to work as a special education teacher while finishing a Special Education endorsement for the State of Kansas.
  • Better preparation for including students with special needs in your general education classroom.
  • A special education background increases your opportunities for getting a job!