Advisement and Enrollment (Step One):
Traditional Student- After completing a plan of study at your home campus, make an appointment with a KICA Special Education Advisor. Bring a copy of your home campus plan of student to the appointment.
Post B.A./B.S. Degree- Make an advisement appointment with a Special Education Advisor at KICA. Bring a copy of all college transcripts.
- Enroll in Special Education courses through your member college.
- Member colleges:
Bethany College, Bethel College, Central Christian College of Kansas, Kansas Wesleyan University, McPherson College, Sterling College, and Tabor College
Step Two Field Experience Requirements:
KICA's High-Incidence Special Education program includes field experience in the following courses:
- SPED 310 Foundations for Special Education Services
- SPED 315 General Methods for Special Services
- SPED 321 Grades K-6 Field Experience
- SPED 341 Grades PreK-3 Field Experience
- SPED 361 Grades 6-12 Field Experience
- SPED 381 Grades 4-12 Field Experience
- SPED 431, 433, 451, 453, 471 & 473 Clinical Experiences and Internships
Most courses require an additional 15-20 hours of field experience in addition to the academic requirements.
Documents required for field placements:
- 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.
Step Three Acceptance (Into KICA's High-Incidence Special Education Program):
- Application deadline is the first Friday in January before a scheduled clinical or internship.
- ALL students must be accepted into the Teacher Education program at their home college.
- Post BA/BS students should contact the education department chair for instructions at the college they are enrolled.
- Students must have earned at least a 2.5 grade point average (determined by home college).
- Students must demonstrate satisfactory progress in the program based on ACCK Special Education forms and field-based evaluations.
Step Four Clinical or Internship Placement:
Application for clinical or internship is made in the semester prior to the planned clinical or internship.
- Spring Placement - Third Friday in October
- Fall Placement - Second Friday of March
Step Five Content Tests:
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.
Step Six Endorsement:
Students will apply, working with the member college on the application, to the Kansas Department of Education for the High-Incidence Special Education endorsement upon successful completion of all coursework