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Majors & Degrees

Master’s Programs & Teacher Licensure

A wide variety options are available for graduate applicants. The following majors lead to a Master’s Degree with Ohio Teacher Licensure:

Graduate students may add the following Endorsement from the State of Ohio to a license in one of the above areas:

Certificates of Specialization designated by KSU are available in:

Educational Specialist

The Ed.S. degree in special education provides an advanced, postmaster's program in specialized areas of educational programming for children and youth with exceptionalities. The program is flexible to accommodate the needs of post-master's degree students who wish to assume leadership roles in schools and agencies that provide special education and related services to children, youth, and adults who have disabilities or who are gifted.

Individuals interested in pursuing a Ph.D. degree in special education should not enroll in this program.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Ph.D. program in special education is designed to prepare highly qualified, experienced persons for leadership roles and for roles as teacher educators and researchers. The individualized nature of the program enables students to master a comprehensive field of emphasis in special education, employ intellectual and innovative methods for addressing the needs of exceptional children, youth, and adults, and acquire a breadth of understanding of related disciplines that focus on the professional roles of college teaching, research, administration and clinical/educational/agency-based services for individuals with exceptionalities.

The Ph.D. program includes common advanced and non-categorical course and seminar requirements. The substantive specialization and emphasis is defined by the individual student's total program prospectus, including a minor or cognate area; specialized internships; advanced coursework; individually directed research; and the dissertation. In addition to conceptualizing, designing, implementing and interpreting research, all doctoral students are expected to demonstrate competence in teaching at the college level in the course of their doctoral training.

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