Inclusive Education

Inclusive Education Minor

Inclusive Education Minor

Pittsburg State University’s inclusive education minor is designed to prepare teacher candidates to meet the needs of students with exceptionalities in the general education classroom. Additionally, this minor serves to prepare teacher candidates for the Master of Science in Special Education High/Low Incidence program. This minor is open to both education and non-education majors who plan to work in careers involving students with exceptionalities. This minor does not lead to a teaching license or endorsement to a teaching license.

Why Pitt State?

The inclusive education minor consists of 6 undergraduate courses designed to guide teacher candidates to become professional educators who are proficient in teaching students with exceptionalities in the general education classroom. As students complete the coursework for this minor, they develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully collaborate with professionals, implement inclusive practices, and instruct students with diverse learning needs. 

The course content within this minor includes theory and research related to the following topics:

  • Inclusion
  • Professional collaboration
  • The Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA)
  • Implementation of instructional strategies
  • Multi-tiered systems of support
  • Clinical experiences

Career Options

Special Education teaching is identified nationally and in Kansas as a high-need field. As a graduate with this minor, you will be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and strategies you need in order to achieve the following, and more:

  • Teach in a General Education classroom for Grades K-6 or content area (Grades 6-12) (with teaching license)
  • Pursue a Masters in Special Education (with teaching license)
  • Work with students with disabilities outside a school setting

Internship and research opportunities for Inclusive Education majors

Throughout your time in this program, you will benefit from many unique and career-building opportunities. The inclusive education minor requires two field experiences, one being the Diversity Project, and the second being the capstone course. The Diversity Project will allow you to observe and teach for 10 hours in a classroom setting with one student with exceptionalities.

The capstone course, Professional Collaboration in Inclusive Settings, will help you gain confidence in discussing theory and research in a professional setting. In addition, you will complete a 30-hour clinical experience in any grade level from Kindergarten through Grade 12. To fulfill this course requirement, you will work with a small group of English Language Learners, develop lesson plans, teach, and assess student work.

All of these experiences will guide you to build a professional portfolio that meets the Kansas ESOL standards. And, should you want to enhance your portfolio even further, your professors will always be glad to help you find and pursue research opportunities.

Learn more about the Department of Teaching and Leadership

Whether you are beginning your career with a Bachelor of Science in Education or want to grow professionally with a Masters Degree or Educational Specialist, we believe this is the place for you! With accredited programs, campus, online and hybrid classes, caring faculty and staff to guide you, you can begin or continue your journey toward a rewarding life in the field of Education and Leadership.

The faculty in the Early Childhood Unified program come from the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Department of Teaching and Leadership. They also serve as academic advisors for the program.

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