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StepAhead Provisional Endorsement
in Special Education

The StepAhead Provisional Endorsement is for Secondary Education undergraduate students in the College of Education with an interest in Special Education. As part of the StepAhead program you can complete a 3-credit hour practicum (EDSP 785) in conjunction with your Professional Semester. Your practicum placement will provide you opportunities to teach in both resource and inclusive special education settings.


Secondary Education students who want to begin teaching special education before completing a full licensure program can follow this plan, completing the required special education coursework and student teaching with a Special Education Practicum (during the final semester with their content area student teaching). Individuals completing this option will be eligible for provisional endorsement in secondary High Incidence special education after accepting a special education teaching position.

Provisional Endorsement Requirements 
when in the Bachelor’s Degree Program

Students in the secondary 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 the  early start program 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 Step Ahead program if your eventual goal is to earn a Master’s degree. If you have questions, please contact a faculty member in Special Education.

  • Prerequisite: EDSP 323 – Exceptional Student in Secondary Schools *
  • Classes leading to provisional endorsement in special education:
    • EDSP 710 – Education of Exceptional Individuals * ^
    • EDSP 742 – Interventions: Emotional and Behavior Disorders
    • EDSP 743 – Interventions: Academic Disabilities
    • EDSP 745 – The Consulting Process in Special Education
    • EDSP 785 – Practicum I (take for graduate credit; completed during the professional semester)

* Note: EDSP 323 and EDSP 710 may be taken concurrently.
^ Note: EDSP 710 is a prerequisite for the remaining courses.

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 a Provisional Endorsement in Special Education?

  • You’re getting a “StepAhead” 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 of getting a teaching 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.