Non-Degree Seeking Status Admission Requirements at KU

Applicants must have an initial teaching license in order to pursue the Low-Incidence licensure endorsement: disabilities considered to be the most "significant" and include disabilities such as developmental and multiple disabilities.

Letter of Introduction Format: 12 pt font, single-spaced, 1-2 pages in length

Letter of Introduction Includes: Name, contact information, date, "Candidate for the Master's Degree in Special Education"  

Your letter of introduction assists the admissions committee in understanding how your experiences and academic history contribute to your interest and ability to be successful in KU’s program.  A strong letter communicates why you are choosing special education and what you intend to do as a result of successful study in the program.  Your career goals should have direct relevance to your admission into the program you choose.  This is also an opportunity to tell the faculty what important experiences, values and aspirations you bring to graduate study.  

The first paragraph of your personal statement, should summarize your background, academic interests, and future career goals and serve as a brief summary of what led to pursue this online program.   The second paragraph interprets your background for the graduate admissions committee. This paragraph establishes your academic history (including degrees, certification and licenses) and your specific experiences working with children/youth with exceptionalities that prepare you for graduate study in special education. Be sure to explicitly state any and all prior and current experiences you have had working in PK-12 classroom settings and with students with disabilities. Description of current and professional experiences related to youth with disabilities in inclusive settings

The third paragraph establishes the applicant’s career goals a description of the licenses, certifications, and/or degrees which the applicant is seeking to obtain through graduate work. After outlining your interests, background, and professional goals, make the case that the best way for you to bridge your undergraduate years and success as a professional teacher is to study special education. Identify how the expertise of specific faculty members and the required coursework for your desired program will advance your own practice. This paragraph should accomplish two ends: you place this graduate program in the continuum of your own professional development and you demonstrate that you have applied to it as the result of an informed, reflective selection process of your own. Career goals should specifically relate to providing high quality instruction in inclusive settings to youth with high incidence disabilities. 

In the fourth paragraph, summarize how your personal attributes, areas of interests, and relevant experiences prepare you for success in the online graduate program. This is also the place to discuss your prior experience with online learning and the degree to which you feel you will be successful completing a fully online graduate program. A statement indicating that the applicant understands that some of the coursework and assignments require access to students with high incidence disabilities

An explicit acknowledgement that you have access to a classroom setting that includes students with disabilities in which to complete the practica courses if you are applying to the Masters-Teaching track or Endorsement track options. 

If your cumulative GA from your undergraduate degree or previous graduate work or degree falls below a 3.0, please outline the factors that led to this and the adjustments you will make for success in this graduate program.

All applicants are required to upload transcripts. An official copy of all transcripts from all schools attended must be provided the KU Graduate Studies:
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Individuals pursuing an endorsement or licensure must sign and submit the Professional Disposition Assessment for Advanced Degree Candidates Acknowledgment Document.

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