Evening & Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Education: Special Education


Apply Now! Special education is one of the fastest growing fields in education today. The University of Saint Mary Master of Arts in Special Education program helps students gain the knowledge and skills needed to enter a rewarding career as a teacher in special education.

The University of Saint Mary Master of Arts in Special Education is the only on-ground program of its type in the state of Kansas — at one of the oldest, best, and most respected teaching institutions in the region.

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Specialize for Success

Now Saint Mary offers specialty concentrations to make you more marketable in this in-demand industry:

  • Gifted Program

    Addresses the unique learning needs that gifted students face, appropriate learning theories and methodologies, along with strategies for caring for the social and emotional needs of these students.

    You’ll master integrated teaching techniques designed specifically for gifted education and engagement strategies for students in any setting.

  • High-Incidence (formerly Adaptive)

    Equips you with best practices to help students achieve a higher level of personal self-sufficiency—from individual planning and monitored teaching procedures to adapted equipment and materials in the classroom.

    Curriculum comprehensively prepares you to teach in a classroom designated cross-categorical, multi-categorical, or adaptive.

In both programs, you are taught by experienced practitioners who understand the challenges of today’s classroom.

You’ll benefit from flexible, family-friendly scheduling, an accelerated pace, and one-on-one attention.

The program focuses on practical skills — you'll learn the necessary theories and how to immediately apply them in your classroom.

Those with a master’s degree can earn a special education endorsement after just 24 hours of coursework in USM’s program.

Who will benefit?

The University of Saint Mary evening Master of Arts in Special Education program is conveniently located in Overland Park at 4500 College Blvd. You may also take classes at our main campus in Leavenworth.

Many types of students can benefit:

  • K-12 public and private school classroom teachers who hold a current Kansas Teaching License and want to teach in a special education program

  • K-12 public and private school classroom teachers looking to improve their knowledge and skills in meeting the needs of the diverse learners in their existing classroom setting

Family-Friendly Scheduling

USM’s education graduate program is flexible.

We offer:

  • Accelerated courses: most meet once a week, Monday through Thursday, 5-8:50 p.m.

  • Classes begin each fall

The University of Saint Mary is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs. NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel.

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