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Master of Science in Special Education

Program Requirements

  • Coursework: 27 hours
  • Practicum: 6 hours


Two practicum courses are required as a part of the MSSE program. The first practicum course, SPED 704 Adaptive Instructional Strategies and Methods Field Practicum requires 45 hours of supervised teaching. SPED 716 Advanced Practicum requires 90 supervised hours.

By the middle of the term preceding enrollment in each of the two required practicum courses, students must submit a Practicum Application form signed by a building principal or site supervisor and a cooperating teacher/mentor. This form must also be approved and signed by the SPED 704 or SPED 716 practicum course instructor. These forms are included in the handbook that is distributed in the first MSSE course.


Students who have completed the MSSE program of study may apply to the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) for a two-year initial license in K-6, 5-8, or 6-12 adaptive special education. Applicants for the initial license are required to submit passing scores on the Praxis test. A passing score of 155 is required for ETS 0543 Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications.

Register for this test online. Results of the assessment must be sent to Baker University.