Students in the Master of Arts in Special Education (LBD P-12) program must begin by gaining admission through the Office of Graduate Studies. Those students with interest in earning the Master of Arts in Special Education Degree are then screened for admission into the program by the School of Education Graduate Committee.

Admission Requirements

  1. A MASPE program applicant must complete all KSU Graduate School application requirements, which include:
    • official graduate school application form
    • a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
    • an overall undergraduate grade-point-average of 2.7 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
    • official transcripts of all undergrad & graduate work indicating all degrees awarded and courses taken
    • Core Academic Skills Test (CASE) minimum score requirement ( and
    • three (3) letters of recommendation
  2. A MASPE program applicant must write and submit an essay that addresses his or her motivation for becoming a teacher of special education (LBD, P-12) and includes related experiences. The essay is judged as satisfactory or unsatisfactory by the Education Graduate Committee.
  3. A MASPE program applicant who wishes to transfer graduate course credit to KSU must provide all required documentation of the relevant course(s) upon application. A maximum of six graduate credit hours in the field of special education may be transferred from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution. The applicant must have earned a grade of B or above for a course to be accepted.
  4. MASPE program applicants who meet all entry requirements are granted regular admission status by the Education Graduate Committee. Applicants who do not meet all entry requirements may not be admitted into the program.

Transition Points for the Master of Arts in Special Education


Program Requirements

Courses in the program are aligned with the Kentucky Teacher Standards, Council for Exceptional Children Standards, National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (In TASC) Standards. In addition, courses have been aligned to ensure students complete all coursework critical to their success on the PRAXIS II examinations. Students must take and pass the PRAXIS II prior to enrolling in Practicum / Student Teaching. The courses are designed based on the student’s ability to document previous teaching experiences in accredited public schools as the teachers of record.

Upon completion of the Practicum / Student Teaching experience, the candidate will be recommended to the State of Kentucky for certification at the appropriate level.

In obtaining the Master of Arts in Special Education On-line Degree, we are committed to providing high quality service, advisement, and support to our students. We are committed to producing “Teachers as Liberators Through Education”.

Each student is assigned a qualified advisor, 24/7 technology support, on-line educational resources, availability of campus resources, customer service and high quality educational learning experiences.

A successful candidate needs to be proficient in the use of a computer with high speed internet access such as DSL. To assess personal readiness to succeed in an on-line instructional environment, please go to to take an assessment.