February 20, 2014
Kennesaw State University (KSU) is offering a new program with the philosophy that emphasizes what individual students with disabilities are able to do and utilize those strengths to address needs to ensure academic and social success.
The Master of Education (M.Ed) in Special Education with a focus on Individualized General Curriculum begins in Summer 2014. The 36-hour program provides initial certification in special education for experienced educators in other fields and prepares teachers to educate a diverse population of students. Successful candidates will complete this program in 18-24 months.
“Our goal is to produce highly effective special educators who are able to meet the needs of students with disabilities within inclusive settings and who are able to work collaboratively with key stakeholders including general educators, administrators, families and students to ensure positive outcomes, academically and socially,” said Patricia McHatton, program coordinator.
The expectations of this program goes beyond the saying that “good teaching is good teaching.” The program ensures the master’s students understand their students, the context and the instructional demand to ensure engagement.
“Special education is often viewed from a deficit perspective in which there is an inherent flaw in a child which is in need of fixing,” said McHatton. “We believe all children have strengths that educators can use as a foundation for learning.”
KSU has also developed a 9-credit hour online graduate certificate where the three courses are embedded in the master’s program. Students can explore online learning with the certificate and if desired can move on with the three courses transferred into their master’s program.
The application deadline is May 1 for the summer cohort. Apply here
Patricia Alverez McHatton
KSU Online Learning Website