Education Specialist in Special Education

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Ed.S. in Special Education prepares candidates to be leaders in the field of special education. The program will prepare candidates to be knowledgeable of critical issues within the field of special education, to engage in critical reflection of their positionalities and epistemologies as practitioners, to understand how historical legacies, legislation, and litigation have served to both include and segregate students with disabilities, and to engage in inquiry based learning as both consumer and producer of research.

Through this program candidates develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to serve as learner-centered specialists engaging in scholarly inquiry and research. Through the cognate and electives, they deepen their expertise in a chosen area of study. The program of study thus provides candidates with the skills necessary to synthesize theory and practice through further examination of theoretically-based curriculum development, understanding of global education issues, and inquiry into making education equitable, democratic, humane, and socially just.

The Ed.S. in Special Education is fully embedded in the Ed.D. program. The Ed.S. is granted to students once they have completed 15 credit hours of core courses and 15 credit hours in Special Education (major courses) for a total of 30 credit hours. Students who complete the Ed.S. in Special Education at Kennesaw State may apply their entire program of study to the Ed.D. in Special Education.

 

APPLICATION AND DOCUMENT DEADLINES

See the list of available start terms and document deadlines here. Please note that completed applications and all required credentials must be submitted by the posted deadline.

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Online Graduate Application - There is a non-refundable $60 application fee.
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended. Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly to ksugrad@kennesaw.edu.
  • GRE Score Report (General Test)- Scores must be from within the last 5 years. Request that your scores be sent electronically to KSU (school code 5359). No department code is necessary.
  • Clear Renewable Georgia Teaching Certificate - To print a copy of your Georgia clear, renewable certificate, you may log onto www.gapsc.com.
  • Personal Reflections Statement - Can be uploaded into the online application. Should be 1-2 pages and address your professional training and interest, educational beliefs, professional goals, and why you seek to pursue your degree at KSU.
  • Resume or Professional Vitae - Can be uploaded into the online application. Should document your education, years of teaching experience, current school and district, volunteer and service activities in which you participated, and any leadership involvement. Resume MUST reflect at least THREE years of professional teaching or administrative experience prior to admission consideration.
  • Interview - An interview may be required. If so, you will be contacted by the program to set up an interview.

Please submit all application materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Their contact information, including mailing address, can be found here.

 

PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION

Graduate Programs in Education
Program Office: 470-578-6043 or GradEd@kennesaw.edu
Program Website: http://bagwell.kennesaw.edu/majors-programs/specialist-degrees/eds-special-education-general-curriculum/ 

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