Ed.S. in Special Education


Next Cohort - Summer 2022 - Not Currently Enrolling

Program Overview

The Ed.S. in Special Education is an online, 27-hour program that 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 real-world solutions to improve the achievement of all learners. 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.

Program of Study

Education and Research Core (12 Credit Hours):

  • EDUC 8100: Advanced Study of Learning (3 Credit Hours)
  • EDRS 8100: Qualitative Research I (3 Credit Hours)
  • EDRS 8200: Quantitative Research I (3 Credit Hours)
  • ITEC 7400: 21st Century Teaching and Learning (3 Credit Hours)

Major Requirements (15 Credit Hours):

  • INED 8335: Special Education from a Historical Perspective (3 Credit Hours)
  • INED 8310: Education Policies: Impact on Special Education (3 Credit Hours)
  • INED 7800: Curriculum Theory, Development, and Practice (3 Credit Hours)
  • INED 8360: Equitable Education for Diverse Learners (3 Credit Hours)
  • INED 8315: Critical Analysis of Collaboration in Schools (3 Credit Hours)

TOTAL: 27 Credit Hours

Admission Requirements

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

  1. An earned Master’s degree in professional education or a related field;

  2. A Clear Renewable Georgia 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. Graduate GPA. GPA will be utilized with other admission criteria to determine program eligibility.

  5. GRE is not required.

How do I Apply

  • Online Graduate Application. There is a non-refundable $60 application fee
  • Transcripts - 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 a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) minimum.
  • Teaching Certificate or a departmentally-approved equivalent.
  • 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.
  • Professional Reflection Statement a) addressing your professional teaching and academic goals, and (b) identifying areas of educational interests.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation from individuals that reference your academic and professional background.
  • 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 2022 enrollment.

Contact Us

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