Special Education QuickStart Program

The Special Education QuickStart Program is for Elementary education majors interested in working as an elementary special education teacher or with students with special needs within an elementary general education classroom.

Be better prepared to deal with students with special needs in your general classroom
Work as a special education teacher while finishing a Kansas special education endorsement program
A background in special education increases your job opportunities


Two QuickStart Options:

1. Those who want to be a Special Education Teacher

(Elementary Education with a Provisional Endorsement Option)

This option is for students who want to begin working as a special education teacher immediately after completing their undergraduate degree in elementary education. It includes a dual student teaching assignment with half of the semester in a general education classroom and the other half with a special education teacher. Individuals completing this option will be eligible for a provisional endorsement in high incidence special education after accepting a special education teaching position. To obtain full endorsement, you will continue in the master’s degree program and complete the remaining courses for full endorsement in high incidence special education.

2. General educators wanting more knowledge to meet the needs of ALL students in their general education classrooms

(Elementary Education with an area of concentration in Special Education Option without dual student teaching and no provisional endorsement)

This option is for those who want some background coursework in special education that will benefit them when working with all students within the general education classroom. Individuals who choose this option may decide to go on to pursue a master’s degree in special education at some point down the road but it is not their intent to work as a special education teacher immediately after graduation. Courses for this option are the same as the option above but do not include the dual student teaching option with the special education practicum.

Marcus Kidd
Assistant Director of Enrollment Management and Institutional Partnerships