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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. Elementary Education with a 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 High Incidence special education after accepting a special education teaching position. See the endorsement requirements below.
  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
      • Any of the following classes may substitute for courses leading to a concentration in special education:
        • EDSP 777 – Behavior Management of Special Education
        • EDSP 778 – Technology for Special Education
        • EDCEP 715 – Principles of Assessment
        • Students choosing this option will not complete the Practicum Colloquium and will not be eligible for provisional endorsement.

Provisional Endorsement Requirements
when in the Bachelor’s Degree Program

Students in the elementary teacher education program may select designated courses to fulfill the requirements for provisional endorsement in High Incidence Disabilities special education while completing the undergraduate degree.

Individuals completing one of these early start programs will be eligible for provisional endorsement in High Incidence Disabilities special education after accepting a special education teaching position. The provisional endorsement allows the candidate to work as a special education teacher while taking the remaining courses and practicum for the full special education endorsement.

It is very important to talk with your advisor about your interest in provisional endorsement due to the complexity of the programs and additional considerations about enrollment, the practicum, and other related issues.

The EDSP 785 Practicum should be taken for graduate credit for the Quick Start program if your eventual goal is to earn a Master’s degree. If you have questions, please contact a faculty member in Special Education.

  • The Quick Start Program (for elementary education majors)
    • Required Courses:
      • EDSP 710 – Education of Exceptional Individuals
      • EDSP 723 – Characteristics of Cognitive Disorders
      • EDSP 728 – Characteristics of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
      • EDSP 742 – Interventions: Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
      • EDSP 743 – Interventions: Academic Disabilities
    • Practicum taken During the Professional Semester:
      • EDSP 785 – Practicum I (take for graduate credit; completed during the professional semester)

Upon completion of the bachelor’s degree, students who want to take additional courses for the full endorsement or to seek the master’s degree in special education must submit an online application with the Graduate School (and meet the requirements) to become a graduate student.

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!

Prerequisites at Kansas State University

Several of the classes required for an endorsement have a prerequisite. Some classes can be taken concurrently with the prerequisite as noted below.

  • EDSP 710 is the prerequisite for EDSP 742 and 743.
  • EDSP 710, EDSP 742, and EDSP 743 are prerequisites for the EDSP 785 practicum.

Practicum Procedures at Kansas State University

  • You must contact the professor in charge of practicum during the semester prior to the semester you are requesting the practicum.
  • It is expected that your first practicum will not take place in your own classroom. However, in the case of a person working on a “waiver,” this requirement may be waived if all of the following conditions are met.
    • The person requesting the practicum is currently employed full-time as a special education teacher under a waiver from KSDE.
    • The person requesting such a practicum must have completed EDSP 710, EDSP 742, and EDSP 743 and received a grade of B or better in each.
    • The person granted permission to complete the first practicum in their own class must also agree to:
      • Secure an onsite “cooperating” teacher who is fully endorsed in High Incidence special education.
      • Produce artifacts for the portfolio as assigned by the supervising professor.
      • Schedule at least on onsite visit by the supervising professor during the practicum.
  • You must complete EDSP 830 before enrolling in a second practicum. (EDCEP 715 is a prerequisite for EDSP 830)
  • You will be required to maintain a comprehensive portfolio that provides evidence of your competence in meeting the requirements of both practica.