Overview

Fort Hays State University 
College of Education
Department of Advanced Education Programs

Special Education Programs are part of the Advanced Education Programs Department in the College of Education at
 Fort Hays State University. 

We offer two online graduate programs for working toward adding an endorsement to become a  special educator, High Incidence Program and Gifted Program. Through these programs, you can also work to earn a Master's of Science in Special Education (High Incidence or Gifted) along with the endorsement. To add the endorsement in order to teach special education, you must already have an initial teaching license

We also offer an additional program for becoming a special educator, Apprentice Licensure - High Incidence. Candidates interested in this program must be selected by the school district in which they have been working for a minimum of one year as a paraprofessional.


Each program is designed to teach through practical application and aligns with the licensure standards through the state of Kansas. As such, you will be required to observe in special education settings across grade levels (pre-K through 12th grade) and engage in case study applications of what you will be learning in courses with students with exceptionalities (high incidence or gifted, depending on your program of study).


High Incidence Special Education 
Students with high incidence needs - learning disabilities, mild intellectual disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, high-functioning autism - make up the largest number of students identified and placed in special education. Consequently, schools need qualified and trained special educators to meet the needs of their students with high incidence needs. Visit the tab above for specific information about the High Incidence Special Education program.

Gifted Special Education
Gifted programs in schools should provide equitable and appropriate education for exceptional children and youth. Our program concentrates on the practical needs and challenges faced by today's facilitators of gifted students. Visit the tab above for specific information about the Gifted Special Education program.

Apprentice Licensure - High Incidence Special Education 
Students with high incidence needs - learning disabilities, mild intellectual disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, high-functioning autism - make up the largest number of students identified and placed in special education. Consequently, schools need qualified and trained special educators to meet the needs of their students with high incidence needs. Visit the tab above for specific information about the Apprenticeship Licensure - High Incidence Special Education program.