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Kansas Endorsements in Special Education

K-State offers two endorsements in Special Education:

  • High Incidence Special Education
    This endorsement prepares teachers to adapt curriculum for student who have needs in the mild to moderate range, e.g. emotional disturbances, learning disabilities. These occur most frequently.

  • Low Incidence Special Education (Online)
    This endorsement prepares teacher to adapt curriculum for students who have needs in the severe to profound range, e.g. physical disabilities, health-related impairments. These occur less frequently. This program is available online – learn more on the K-State Global Campus website.

Each area of specialization (High Incidence and Low Incidence) has a separate course sequence designed by the College of Education. At K-State, you must complete the High Incidence endorsement before adding the Low Incidence Endorsement. These areas have been approved by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The special education endorsement can be granted to a person who holds a valid Kansas teaching license.

A special education endorsement can be met without completion of the master’s degree. However, most students choose to complete the master’s degree while working toward full endorsement. Completing the master's degree is recommended by the special education faculty. Students who intend to complete a master’s degree should apply for admission to the master’s program before completing nine hours of graduate coursework.

Endorsement Policies at Kansas State University

  • At least half of the credits required for special education endorsement must be earned at Kansas State University, including at least one major area course and one practicum, before the College of Education may recommend the candidate for special education endorsement.
  • Teachers are endorsed in special education at the level in which they hold their regular teaching license. Individuals who hold K-12 licenses in content areas such as music, art, or physical education will need to make up deficiencies in elementary education if they wish to be endorsed in K-12 special education.
  • Teachers fully licensed at the elementary level in special education may add secondary-level licensure by completing the secondary level sequence, including a practicum at that level.
  • Teachers are responsible for initiating their own endorsement. Please see the Licensing Officer in 013 Bluemont Hall, or call 785-532-5524.
  • Provisional endorsement is not granted until the applicant is employed in a special education position.
  • If at all possible, candidates should apply for endorsement renewal at the end of the spring semester. However, if coursework is not completed by then, the application may be made near the end of the summer session.
  • To be recommended for endorsement, the student must have a 3.0 GPA overall in graduate work and must not receive a grade lower than a B in the 12 hours of core courses and practicum (EDSP 710, EDSP 742, EDSP 743, and EDSP 785). The program is subject to change depending on actions taken by the Kansas State Department of Education.

Seeking Provisional Endorsement

  1. A candidate must complete the following courses and practicum:
    • EDSP 710 – Education of Exceptional Individuals
    • EDSP 742 – Intervention: Emotional and Behavior Disorders
    • EDSP 743 – Intervention: Academic Disabilities
    • EDSP 785 – Practicum I
  2. Get hired as a special education teacher.
  3. Fill out Form 4 for the KSDE Provisional Endorsement and submit additional required materials (e.g., transcripts, KSDE application fee, completed application form). Please see the College of Education licensing information website for application instructions to add a provisional endorsement and for filling out Form 4.
  4. Provisional endorsement is for a two-year period and may be renewed for an additional two-year period. At the time of renewal, the candidate must have completed 50% of the courses remaining for full endorsement. The entire sequence of courses for the full endorsement, as well as the Praxis Content tests, must be completed within four years.

Seeking Full Endorsement

  1. Complete K-State’s course and practicum requirements for full endorsement.
  2. See the ETS website to register for the Praxis exam. To have your score sent to Kansas State University, enter code # 6334 when registering for the Praxis.
  3. Fill out Form 1 for the KSDE Added Endorsement and submit additional required materials (e.g., transcripts, KSDE application fee, Praxis scores, completed application form). Please see the College of Education licensing information website for information and application instructions for adding an additional endorsement with an approved program and for filling out Form 1.

For more information:

Diane Murphy
K-State Licensing Officer



High Incidence Special Education
Low Incidence Special Education

Course Delivery:

Manhattan Campus;
Low Incidence endorsement available Online

Tuition Information:

See the Cashiers and Student Accounts website for tuition and fee schedules.


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