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Master of Science Degree with a Major in Education
and an Emphasis in School Health

The Department of Teaching and Leadership and the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing at Pittsburg State University are pleased to offer an innovative Master Degree program designed specifically for School Nurses, the Master of Science with a Major in Education and an emphasis in School Health.  This program was created at the request of area school nurses and the Southeast Kansas Special Education Cooperative. 

The purpose of the degree is to assist School Nurses expand their knowledge of Special Education, Nursing, and Leadership in the Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 schools. This program meets the KSNO Mission Statement to ‘enhance the specialized practice of professional school nursing…’

The program is comprised of 36 graduate hours of online coursework.  It integrates 12-15 hours of graduate Nursing coursework, 15 hours of Special Education (including Autism) coursework, 3 hours of Leadership, and 3-6 hours of Research.  It is designed to be completed in 6 semesters by enrolling in six credit hours per semester.  Our goal is to provide for you high-quality coursework and effective instructors in a supportive environment.  School Nurses can begin the program in any semester (fall, spring or summer.)

We hope we can be of service to those School Nurses who have not had a formal way to expand their knowledge of professional school nursing at the graduate level.  If you or any of your members have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at the email address above or use the contact information below.

Requirements for Admission to Pittsburg State University’s Master in Teaching Program

*Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing

*Two recommendations (Graduate Study Recommendation Form) from a P-12 administrator, a K-12 teacher, another School Nurse and/or university instructor (Recommendations must be received within first 9  hours of coursework.)

*Writing sample based upon Knowledge Base (Please see attached prompt, rubric, and knowledge base.)  (Writing sample must be received within first 9 hours of coursework.)

*Conditional entry:  If overall GPA is below 3.0 on  undergraduate degree, candidate will be admitted on condition that a 3.0 is maintained in the first 9 hours of coursework. 

NOTE:  A GPA of 3.0 is required for successful completion of this program.

Please feel free to contact the Department of Teaching and Leadership with any questions or concerns you may have as you proceed to degree completion.  The Teaching and Leadership Office number is 620-235-4508, or you may e-mail Dr. Alice Sagehorn, Chairperson, at