The Department of Education offers graduate courses and where appropriate, clinical experiences and internships for teachers wishing to pursue the Masters in Education (M.Ed). Teachers may also enroll in graduate courses to work toward additional teaching endorsements, licensure renewal, or professional development. Teachers holding a masters degree may enroll in coursework leading to recommendation for licensure only in programs indicated below, without completing a second masters degree. The Department offers coursework in the following areas:
- Building Leadership P-12 (M Ed and Licensure only)
- District Leadership P-12 (Licensure only)
- High Incidence Special Education Elementary K-6 or Secondary 6-12
- High Incidence Special Education Elementary K-6 (for Washburn graduates only)
- Reading Specialist (M.Ed and Licensure only)
- Curriculum & Instruction with emphasis in Literacy (M.Ed)
- Curriculum & Instruction with emphasis in Educational Technology (M.Ed)
- Curriculum & Instruction in Educational Studies (online)
Washburn University offers a Master's Degree program in Educational Leadership for candidates seeking administrative positions in Pre-Kindergarten – 12th-grade teaching and learning environments, as well as other positions of leadership within educational agencies of government and industry, or within professional organizations. This program fulfills the State of Kansas requirements for building leadership licensure.
The Licensure-Only Program in Educational Leadership is designed for students who already hold a Master’s degree in other disciplines, but who wish to qualify for Building Leadership and/or District Leadership Licenses. To be eligible for admission to the Building Leadership track, applicants must hold a Master’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution and a teaching license. Three years of teaching experience as a licensed teacher must be earned prior to the completion of the Licensure Program. To be eligible for the District Leadership track, applicants must hold the Building Leadership license or certification.
The Department of Education at Washburn University offers a Master's Degree and/or licensure in High Incidence Special Education, K-6 and 6-12. The requirements for provisional endorsement by the Kansas State Department of Education may be met prior to completion of the Master's Degree. Full endorsement is granted following completion of the full sequence of courses and two years of successful classroom teaching experience. Provisional licensure may be obtained with the completion of nine specified hours of graduate credit, including an appropriate practicum experience and admission to the Graduate Program.
Most special education endorsements are granted at the level (e.g., elementary, secondary) for which a regular teaching licensure is held. Consequently, career placement options for licensed elementary and secondary education teachers include the self-contained classroom, the resource room, and the itinerant consultant teacher in the public school. Secondary special education teachers with a subject area specialization (e.g., history, mathematics, art, English, etc.) may also work in state or private institutions as well as in adolescent correctional facilities.
The Licensure Only Program in Special Education is available for teachers with an elementary or secondary teaching license who wish to pursue a teaching license in high incidence special education without earning a master’s degree. Candidates who already have a master’s degree - or those not interested in obtaining a master’s degree - will be required to submit:
- an application to the Department of Education,
- a copy of their current teaching license,
- two letters of reference, and
- complete a plan of study with their advisor.
The graduate Reading program is designed to provide the graduate student seeking advanced educational specialization with both theoretical knowledge and practical experience in the teaching of reading. The recipient of this degree has the competencies necessary to act as a Reading Specialist, a reading resource teacher or supervisor, or a reading specialist in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th-grade classrooms. This program fulfills the standards set forth by the Kansas Department of Education for licensure as a Reading Specialist and with the recommendations and guidelines of such professional groups as the International Reading Association. Students seeking the M.Ed. in reading must complete a thirty-six-hour graduate program which includes a core curriculum of graduate courses and twenty-seven credit hours of specialized coursework in reading. Students are recommended for a license upon completion of MEd.
Our program is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Washburn University is able to offer distance learning programs in a number of states through our membership in SARA -- the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. SARA is a voluntary agreement among its member states and U.S. territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. Under the current agreement, Washburn is authorized to offer programs in all states except California, Florida, and Massachusetts which are not members of SARA.
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Last updated March 19, 2018