The Department of Teaching and Leadership offers a wide selection of Graduate Programs which are fully accredited by NCATE and the Kansas State Department of Education. These programs meet a variety of needs for educators already in the field or those who are looking for an alternative route to earning a teaching license. Most of the programs lead to licensure and/or an endorsement to a teaching license. The programs are delivered through a variety of platforms: on campus, KC Metro Center, online, and hybrid.
The Graduate Programs in the Department of Teaching and Leadership are designed to help professional educators expand their knowledge of skills in: professionalism, effective communication, leadership, best teaching practices and assessments, learning opportunities for all, integration of technology, and effective research within the educational environment.
Option I: Thesis
This option is designed to prepare students for a doctoral program, for advanced professional careers, or for students wanting to complete an in-depth research experience.
Option II: Research Problem
This option is designed to provide a research experience that can include a specific problem, creative and aesthetic efforts such as performances, exhibits, or creative programs, or an internship.
Option III: Course Work
This option requires completion of course work that demonstrates evidence of advanced course work in an area of concentration. Departments will require evidence of competency through activities such as research papers, portfolios, practice, internships, comprehensive exams or other individual work. Students should check with their major department for specific requirements for the coursework.
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Note: Programs labeled "ONLINE" are available only online and do not require any on-campus courses. Program labeled "HYBRID" are delivered and completed online and on-campus. All unlabeled programs are traditional, on-campus programs.
The Department of Teaching and Leadership offers a Master of Science degree with a major in Special Education Teaching. Within the program, students will select from two different emphasis areas, listed below. Applicants must already have a valid teaching license/certificate to be eligible for admission. This program will result in an endorsement matching the emphasis chosen.
K-12 Adaptive Functional
The Adaptive/Functional Special Education Master of Science is a 36 hour, online program intended for teachers who seek endorsement to teach students with adaptive (mild-moderate) and functional (moderate-severe) learning needs, grades K-6, 6-12. This program is designed to be completed in 6 semesters with candidates taking two specifically sequenced courses each semester. A new cohort begins each fall.
Pre K-12 Adaptive
The Adaptive Special Education Master of Science is a 36 hour, online program intended for teachers who seek endorsement to teach students with adaptive (mild-moderate) learning needs, PreK-12. The program is designed to be completed in 6 semesters with candidates taking two specifically sequenced courses each semester. A new cohort begins each fall.
The Department of Teaching and Leadership offers a Master of Science degree with a major in Teaching. Within the program, students will select from three different emphasis areas, listed below. This degree program is for individuals who already hold a teaching license.
The Master of Science in Teaching with an ESOL emphasis can be completed online.
Elementary | Program Guide (PDF)
Secondary | Program Guide (PDF)
English for Speakers of Other Languages | Program Guide (PDF)
The Master of Arts in Teaching for Secondary Education is an alternative licensure program designed for individuals who have earned a baccalaureate degree in a teaching content area without an education emphasis. This alternative licensure program allows a teacher candidate to earn a Kansas teaching license while teaching full time in an accredited Kansas school and taking approved coursework. Pittsburg State University (PSU) does not provide full time teaching positions, but the PSU Office of Career Services and Office of Teacher Education will assist the candidate in identifying teaching positions and preparing for the interview.
Those teacher candidates who are not employed as a full time classroom teacher can take the approved coursework and must complete one semester (16 weeks) of student teaching in an accredited school.
The MAT program is offered at the Pittsburg campus or the Kansas City Metro campus. Course instructional delivery includes online, face-to-face in the evening, Inter-Distance Learning (IDL) and hybrid.
The Master of Arts in Teaching Licensure Program for Special Education is an online program designed for individuals who have a baccalaureate degree and at least one year experience working as a paraeducator. This program allows a teacher candidate to earn a Kansas teaching license in Adaptive (mild-moderate) Special Education, grades 6-12. During the course of the program, the candidate must be employed as a full time paraeducator in an accredited Kansas school, working with secondary students who have adaptive learning needs. The two year program begins each summer.
The Department of Teaching and Leadership offers a Master of Science degree with a major in Educational Leadership. This program is intended for the preparation of elementary, middle and secondary school principals and school superintendents. Experiences will also be provided for educators who will be in leadership roles for such activities as chapter/title programs, school/district curriculum projects and leadership duties in other human services professions. These experiences may involve one or more of the following five interrelated areas: measurement, evaluation, statistical analyses, computer usage and research design.
The Master of Science degree with a major in Educational Technology is designed to prepare the student to work with educational technology in educational settings. Two curricular emphases are offered within the degree: (1) Technology Integration Specialist and (2) Library Media Specialist. Recommendation for licensure as a school library media specialist is an expected end result. This program is delivered entirely online.
Technology Integration Specialist
Candidates who select the technology integration specialist emphasis prepare to lead in the design, development, and management of instructional materials through the use of educational technologies.
School Library Media Licensure
Candidates who select the library media emphasis prepare to lead in the design, development, and direction of library media centers in elementary, middle and/or secondary schools.
The Specialist in Education degree program in school administration is designed to prepare superintendents and other central office personnel. Candidates for the degree must hold a Master’s Degree in an educational related field in addition to the requirements for the Specialist Degree. The degree program is designed to permit a student to specialize in a specific comprehensive knowledge of administration at both elementary and secondary levels. This is accomplished through electives and individual study courses available in the program to meet individual needs.
The Specialist in Education degree program in Special Education is designed to prepare district level leaders. Candidates for the degree must hold a master’s degree in an educational related field in addition to the requirements for the specialist degree.
The PSU College of Education, Department of Teaching and Leadership, has an articulation agreement with the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville for graduates of the Specialist in Education Degree (EdS) with a major in Advanced Studies in Leadership and the Educational Doctorate (EdD) in Leadership at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. For more information about the EdS to EdD Leadership program, contact Dr. Brenda Roberts.
The Department of Teaching and Leadership offers a Master of Science degree with a major in Reading. Within the program, students will select from two different emphasis areas, listed below. This degree program is for individuals who already hold a teaching license. The Reading Specialist emphasis provides Reading Specialist Licensure, while the Classroom Reading emphasis is designed for the teacher who wishes to be a better classroom reading teacher but does not wish to seek licensure.
Reading Specialist Certification
This emphasis provides Reading Specialist Licensure and is designed for the teacher seeking Reading Licensure. This requires the Master's Degree plus a yearlong district-administered mentoring program after the completion of the degree.
Classroom Reading Teacher
This emphasis is designed for the teacher who wishes to be a better classroom teacher of reading but does not wish to seek licensure.
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