The newly revised graduate program offered by the Curriculum and Instruction Department will prepare Kansas teachers to grow professionally as a service-oriented educator. Choose one of four options:

  • ESOL licensure only
  • SPED licensure only
  • M.Ed. with ESOL (licensure program with graduate courses)
  • M.Ed. with SPED (licensure program with graduate courses)
For more information contact:

Dr. Shane Kirchner
Associate Professor of Education
Chair of Teacher Education Program
kirchnes@mcpherson.edu
620.242.0544

ESOL Licensure Courses

15 credit hours
• ESOL Methods (Fall)
• Language Assessment (Spring)
• Applied Linguistics (Summer)
• Cultural Diversity (Fall)
• Practicum (Spring)

SPED Licensure Courses

22 (k-6 or 6-12) or 27 (PK-12) credit hours
• Foundation for SPED services
• General Methods (Assessment) for SPED
• Behavior Management
• Methods and Field Experience for SPED (k-6, PK-3 and 4-12, or 6-12)
• Clinical Experience or Internship
• Capstone

M.Ed. Courses

15 credit hours
• Foundations (Fall)
• Action Research (Spring)
• Curriculum and Instruction (Summer)
• Teacher Leader (Fall)
• Project and Capstone (Spring)

The ESOL and SPED courses can be taken in conjunction with the core graduate courses (leading to a M.Ed.*) or may be taken separately as a licensure only program. These licensure programs are designed for Kansas educators.

The ESOL Graduate Licensure Program will prepare you for KSDE ESOL endorsement at the k-6, 6-12, or pk-12 levels. This 15 credit hour program is geared to educators wishing to work with culturally and linguistically diverse students, but will also enhance the teaching skills for those in the regular classroom.

The ESOL licensure courses can be taken in conjunction with the core course or, for those seeking licensure only, can be taken as a stand-alone program. Although most candidates taking courses will be licensed teachers, the ESOL graduate program has open enrollment for anyone wishing to learn more about this field, such as those working with adult English language learners.

Required courses:

  • CI628 Methods for teaching ESOL (Fall)
  • CI638 Language assessment (Spring)
  • CI648 Applied linguistics (Summer)
  • CI658 Cultural diversity (Fall)
  • CI668 Practicum (Spring)

To receive the KSDE ESOL endorsement, candidates must be already hold an active Kansas teaching license and pass the English to Speakers of Other Languages Praxis exam 5361 with a minimum score of 138. See more information on the licensure page.

The SPED Licensure Program will prepare you for KSDE High-incidence (formerly adaptive) Special Education endorsement at the k-6, pk-12, or 6-12 levels. This program is designed for educators wishing to work with students who have mild to moderate intellectual disabilities, emotional disturbances, high functioning autism spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD, and learning disabilities, but will also enhance the skills of those who chose to remain the regular classroom.

Already licensed Kansas teachers may take the SPED licensure courses as a stand-alone program to add the SPED endorsement. However, these courses may be taken in conjunction with the core courses for those seeking the M.Ed. degree.

Required courses for all seeking endorsement:

  • SE610 Foundations for Special Education Services (fall or spring)
  • SE615 General Methods for Special Education Services (fall or spring)
  • SE 645 Behavior Management (fall, spring, or summer)
  • SE 799 capstone

Required courses for k-6

  • SE621 and SE631 k-6 Methods and Field Experience (fall or spring)
  • SE731 or SE733 k-6 Clinical Experience or Internship (fall or spring)

Required courses for 6-12

  • SE661 and SE671 6-12 Methods and Field Experience (fall or spring)
  • SE771 or SE773 6-12 Clinical Experience or Internship (fall or spring)

Required courses for pk-12

  • SE641 and SE651 pk-3 Methods and Field Experience (fall or spring)
  • SE681 and SE691 4-12 Methods and Field Experience (fall or spring)
  • SE751 or SE753 pk-12 Clinical Experience or Internship (fall or spring)

This program is designed to be completed in two academic years, including one summer.

To receive the KSDE High-Incidence SPED endorsement, candidates must be already hold an active Kansas teaching license and pass the Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications Praxis exam 5543 with a minimum score of 155. See more information on the licensure page.

The core graduate courses are designed around a project-based model in which you will identify an area of interest, explore possibilities for change, implement the change and report the results. You could focus on what you perceive to be a problem in your local environment or experiment with a new teaching technique. The courses are sequenced to walk you step-by-step through the project while simultaneously giving you the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to make wise decisions.

A sub-thread running through the courses is that of the teacher as leader. Activities built into the courses will help you gain confidence to become a better advocate for your students, your colleagues, and your district.

Required courses:

  • Foundations in Education
  • Fundamentals of Action Research
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Teacher as Leader
  • Master’s Research Project
  • Capstone Experience

The 15 credit hours of core courses along with the 15 credit hours in the ESOL graduate licensure program comprise the needed courses for the M.Ed.*

Admission Requirements and Process

  • Application (no fee required)
  • Proof of bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Transcripts from all colleges
  • GPA of 3.0
  • Essay stating professional goals (approximately 300 words)
  • Two letters of recommendation

All materials are reviewed by a subcommittee of the Teacher Education Board. The subcommittee’s recommendation is forward to Teacher Education Board for final approval.

Provisional admission
Candidates not meeting the GPA requirement identified above may be admitted to the program on a provisional status assuming there is reasonable evidence of candidate success. Provisionally admitted candidates must earn a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their first six hours in order to remain in the program.

Fees
$375 per credit hour
Reduced fee for school cohorts of 10 or more.

The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) is the licensing authority in Kansas. According to Kansas regulations, the ESOL and SPED endorsements are considered added endorsements and require a teacher to already hold a license in another endorsement area prior to getting the ESOL or SPED endorsements.

ESOL Endorsement

Those teachers choosing to add the ESOL endorsement must pass Praxis licensure exam 5361 with a minimum score of 138. It is possible to add the ESOL endorsement by test only. If this option is desired, a candidate could take selected courses from the ESOL program in preparation for the exam.

As a general rule, the ESOL endorsement will be added at the level (k-6, 6-12, or pk-12) at which the regular license is held. It is possible, in some cases, to add the endorsement at another level. Please consult the licensure officer (Dr. Kirchner) for details.

It is possible to seek the licensure-only option for the ESOL endorsement for candidates who do not desire the graduate courses or who already hold a master’s degree.

A provisional license is available for candidates who have been hired to teach ESOL classes while simultaneously completing the licensure coursework. A provisional license is good for two years and may be renewed once with proof of successful completion of coursework. In order to obtain the provisional license a candidate must 1) already hold a valid teaching license, 2) have completed at least 50% of the ESOL program, 3) complete a plan of study, and 4) show proof of employment in the area.

SPED Endorsement

Those teachers choosing to add the High-Incidence SPED endorsement must pass Praxis licensure exam 5543 with a minimum score of 155.

As a general rule, the High-Incidence SPED endorsement will be added at the level (k-6, 6-12, or pk-12) at which the regular license is held. It is possible, in some cases, to add the endorsement at another level. Please consult the licensure officer (Dr. Kirchner) for details.

A waiver or provisional license is available for candidates who have been hired to teach high-Incidence SPED classes while simultaneously completing the licensure coursework. A waiver is may be sought through the school district for a fully-licensed teacher. A provisional license is good for two years and may be renewed once with proof of successful completion of coursework. In order to obtain the provisional license a candidate must 1) already hold a valid teaching license, 2) have completed at least 50% of the High-Incidence SPED program, 3) complete a plan of study, and 4) show proof of employment in the area.

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