Ed.S. in Special Education


 Next Cohort Summer 2020 (tentative)- Not Currently Enrolling

Program Overview

The Ed.S. in Special Education prepares candidates to be leaders in the field of special education. The program will prepare candidates to be knowledgeable of critical issues within the field of special education, to engage in critical reflection of their positionalities and epistemologies as practitioners, to understand how historical legacies, legislation, and litigation have served to both include and segregate students with disabilities, and to engage in inquiry based learning as both consumer and producer of research.

Through this program candidates develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to serve as learner-centered specialists engaging in scholarly inquiry and research. Through the cognate and electives, they deepen their expertise in a chosen area of study. The program of study thus provides candidates with the skills necessary to synthesize theory and practice through further examination of theoretically-based curriculum development, understanding of global education issues, and inquiry into making education equitable, democratic, humane, and socially just.

The Ed.S. in Special Education is fully embedded in the Ed.D. program. The Ed.S. is granted to students once they have completed 15 credit hours of core courses and 15 credit hours in Special Education (major courses) for a total of 30 credit hours. Students who complete the Ed.S. in Special Education at Kennesaw State may apply their entire program of study to the Ed.D. in Special Education.

Program of Study

Education and Research Core (15 Credit Hours):

  • EDUC 8100: Advanced Study of Learning (3 Credit Hours)
  • INED 8760: Curriculum Development for English Learners and Students with Exceptionalities (3 Credit Hours)
  • EDUC 8705: Seminar in Formative Assessment for Learning (3 Credit Hours)
  • EDRS 8100: Qualitative Research I (3 Credit Hours)
  • EDRS 8200: Quantitative Research I (3 Credit Hours)

Major Requirements (15 Credit Hours):

  • INED 8335: Special Education from a Historical Perspective (3 Credit Hours)
  • INED 8306: Cultural Issues in Special/Educational Programs (3 Credit Hours)
  • INED 8310: Education Policies: Impact on Special Education (3 Credit Hours)
  • INED 8315: Critical Analysis of Collaboration in Schools (3 Credit Hours)
  • ITEC 7400: 21st Century Teaching and Learning (3 Credit Hours)

TOTAL: 30 Credit Hours

Admission Requirements

Expected qualifications for applicants to be considered for admission will typically include:

  1. An earned Masters degree in professional education or a related field;
  2. A clear and renewable teaching certificate or departmentally-approved equivalent in a service-related field in Special Education;
  3. At least three years of professional experience in teaching, administration, or related field in Special Education;
  4. A competitive Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score and Graduate GPA. The GRE and GPA will be utilized with other admission criteria to determine program eligibility. Although no minimum scores are required, candidates are encouraged to prepare and score well since admission to the program is competitive. Please note: The Analytical/Writing score once receives as part of the GRE is used competitively in the admission review process. It is strongly encouraged for applicants to do well on this portion of the exam.

How do I Apply

  1. Online Graduate Application.
  2. Official Transcripts from EACH college attended, including those institutions where degrees were NOT earned. Official transcripts are those in a university sealed envelope. Your transcripts should reflect at least a Master's degree with at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
  3. Teaching Certificate or a departmentally-approved equivalent.
  4. Professional Resume documenting education, teaching experience, volunteer and service accomplishments and record of leadership activities. Your resume MUST reflect at least three years of professional experience.
  5. Professional Reflection Statement addressing your professional and academic goals, and identifying areas of research interests that you have.
  6. Official GRE scores.
  7. Two Letters of Recommendation from individuals that reference your academic and professional background.
  8. International applicants only: Please contact 470-578-3002 for all international admission requirements related to your citizenship or visa status OR visit the Graduate International Admissions page.


April 1 for summer enrollment.

Contact Us

For more information please call (470) 578-6043 or Email us at GradEd@kennesaw.edu.