Jul 20, 2024  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education, Ed.S. (General Curriculum P-12)

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Contact Information

Phone: (470) 578-6043

Program Description

The Ed.S. with a major in Special Education is designed for candidates who have already earned an M.Ed. with a major in Special Education, or a related field. Candidates will develop in-depth knowledge and skills to implement in their classrooms and schools in ways that advance all students’ rights to an education that supports social and economic justice and academic success. Courses focusing on technology, learner-centered curriculum and instruction, learners and families from diverse backgrounds, and critical pedagogy will aid candidates in meeting these crucial needs. Successful graduates of the Ed.S. at Kennesaw State University may apply their entire program of study to the Ed.D. in Special Education. 

Admission Requirements

The following are requirements beyond the general Graduate Admissions  requirements:

Expected qualifications for applicants to be considered for admission will typically include:

  • An earned Master’s degree in professional education or a related field;  
  • A clear and renewable teaching certificate or departmentally approved equivalent in a service-related field in Special Education;  
  • At least three years of professional experience in teaching, administration, or related field in Special Education;  
  • A competitive Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score and Graduate GPA. The GRE and GPA will be utilized with other admission criteria to determine program eligibility. Although no minimum scores are required, candidates are encouraged to prepare and score well since admission to the program is competitive. Please note: The Analytical/Writing score once receives as part of the GRE is used competitively in the admission review process. It is strongly encouraged for applicants to do well on this portion of the exam.  

Applicants to both programs must submit the following:

  • Official Transcripts from EACH college attended, including those institutions where degrees were NOT earned. Official transcripts are those in a university sealed envelope. Your transcripts should reflect at least a Master’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Teaching Certificate or a departmentally-approved equivalent.
  • Professional Resume documenting education, teaching experience, volunteer and service accomplishments and record of leadership activities. Your resume MUST reflect at least three years of professional experience.
  • Professional Reflection Statement addressing your professional and academic goals, and identifying areas of research interests that you have.
  • Official GRE scores.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation from individuals that reference your academic and professional background.
  • International applicants only: Please contact 470-578-3002 for all international admission requirements related to your citizenship or visa status OR visit the Graduate International Admissions page.

Admission Criteria for Unique Cases

Currently there are no exceptions to the admission requirements.

Transfer Credit

Graduate courses taken at other accredited institutions must be evaluated and approved by the program coordinator or department chair. A maximum of nine semester hours of transfer credit (with grades of “B” or higher) may be applied toward a degree program. No courses will be accepted for transfer credit if they are more than five years old at the time of evaluation 

Petition to Graduate

Each candidate must petition to graduate online. For more information, please view the corresponding section of Academic Policies .

Program of Study

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