Our High-Incidence Special Education program provides education majors with the fundamentals for working with students who have mild to moderate intellectual disabilities, emotional disturbances, high functioning autism spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD, and learning disabilities. Endorsements are offered for:

-Grades kindergarten through sixth grade, or

-Grades six through twelve, or

-Preschool through grade twelve

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the demand for Special Education teachers will grow 17% from 2009-2018. Teachers with the endorsement are prepared to effectively serve the diverse needs of ALL students in both general and special education. Our graduates can be found working in the special education or general education classroom. Classes meet mostly online, creating flexibility for full time students and classroom teachers pursing continuing education. This program is accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education.

The KICA Conceptual Framework is the foundation upon which our program is built. The framework steps are:

KNOW: A high-incidence special education professional educator demonstrates knowledge of techniques to meet the high-incidence special education needs of children and youth.

INVEST: A high-incidence special education professional educator invests in lifelong learning and ethical principles.

COMMUNICATE: A high-incidence special education professional educator demonstrates the ability to communicate and collaborate effectively to meet the needs of high-incidence special education students.

APPLY: A high-incidence special education professional educator can apply research-based concepts, principles, and skills necessary to be an effective teacher of students with high-incidence special education needs.

The framework translates into a five step process.

Advisement, Acceptance, and Enrollment (Step One):  To apply for KICA’s Adaptive Special Education Program, you must be enrolled in a Teacher Education program through a participating member institution: Bethany College, Bethel College, Central Christian College of Kansas, Kansas Wesleyan University, McPherson College, Sterling College, or Tabor College. Then: 

Traditional Student- After completing a plan of study at your home campus, make an appointment with a KICA Special Education Adviser. Bring a copy of your home campus plan of student to the appointment.

Post B.A./B.S. Degree Student- Make an advisement appointment with a Special Education Adviser at KICA. Bring a copy of all college transcripts.

During this appointment, you will demonstrate satisfactory progress in your program based on field-based evaluations and a minimum of a 2.5 GPA. Application deadline is the first Friday in January.

Field Experience Requirements (Step Two):  KICA's High-Incidence Special Education program includes field experience. Each of these require an additional 15-20 hours of field experience in addition to the academic requirements:

 - SPED 310 Foundations for Special Education Services
 - SPED 315 General Methods for Special Services
 - SPED 381 Grades 4-12 Field Experience
 - SPED 361 Grades 6-12 Field Experience
 - SPED 341 Grades PreK-3 Field Experience
 - SPED 321 Grades K-6 Field Experience
 - SPED 431, 433, 451, 453, 471 & 473 Clinical Experiences and Internships

For Spring placement, an application is due the 3rd Friday of October. For Fall placement, an application is due the 2nd Friday of March. However, prior to being placed for a field experience, a student must provide:

 - Proof of negative TB test within the past three years (check with your placement site to make sure they do not require a more current test).
 - Proof of $1,000,000 profession liability insurance.
 - Signed felony statement.

Clinical and Internship Placement (Step Three): Application for clinical or internship is made in the semester prior to the planned clinical or internship. For Spring placement, an application is due the 3rd Friday of October. For Fall placement, an application is due the 2nd Friday of March.

Content Tests (Step Four): Students must complete the special education content area test, Praxis II, to receive an endorsement. Students will complete the 5543 Special Education Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications test. 

Endorsement (Step Five):  Students will apply, working with their member institution, to the Kansas Department of Education for the High-Incidence Special Education endorsement upon successful completion of all coursework

Review all of the course descriptions for the KICA Special Education Program HERE.