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About Our Program

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 1)  grades kindergarten through sixth grade or 2) grades six through twelve or 3) preschool through grade twelve. 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. ACCK is accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education.

Endorsement Advantages:
  • 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 serve the diverse needs of ALL students in both general and special education.
  • Because additional preparation is required for teaching children who have special needs teachers are more effective.
  • Additional financial aid is available to offset the total cost of education.

Advantages of Our Program:

  •  Online coursework provides flexibility.
  •  Undergraduate students can add the endorsement at no additional cost.
  •  Program emphasizes hands-on experience working with students who have mild to moderate disabilities.
  •  We are accredited by the Kansas Department of Education. 
Conceptual Framework:
The ACCK Conceptual Framework serves as the foundation which our High-Incidence Special Education program is built. The framework steps are shown below.
 
A PPLY:  the 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.
COMMUNICATE:  the high-incidence special education professional educator can communicate and collaborate effectively to meet the needs of high-incidence special education students.
COMMIT: the high-incidence special education professional educator can committo lifelong learning and ethical principles.
KNOW: the high-incidence special education professional educator demonstrates knowledge techniques to meet the high-incidence special education needs of children and youth.
 
Learn More:

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Endorsement Types

Our program offers High Incidence Special Education endorsements in grades K-6 and 6-12 and PreK-12. Please follow the links below to learn more about the course requirements for each endorsement. 

K-6 Course Requirements (.doc, 37K)
6-12 Course Requirements (.doc, 36K)
K-6 and 6-12 Course Requirements (.doc, 34K)
PreK-12 Course Requirements (.doc, 35K)
Course Descriptions

Please follow the link below to see a complete listing of course descriptions.

Course Descriptions High-Incidence.doc (.doc, 44K)
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Steps to Apply

 
 
Advisement and Enrollment (Step One):


Traditional Student- After completing a plan of study at your home campus, make an appointment with an ACCK 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 ACCK. Bring a copy of all college transcripts. 
 
Contact Information

 

Dr. Bev Schottler, 620-241-5150, bev@mail.acck.edu
 
 
Enrollment:

  • Enroll in Special Education courses at one of our six member colleges.
  • Member colleges:
    Bethany College, Bethel College, Kansas Wesleyan University, McPherson College, Sterling College, and Tabor College

Step Two Field Experience Requirements:

ACCK's Adaptive 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 331 Grades K-6 Field Experience
  • SPED 351 Grades PreK-3 Field Experience
  • SPED 371 Grades 6-12 Field Experience
  • SPED 391 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.

Application Deadline:
  • Spring Placement - Third Friday in October
  • Fall Placement - Second Friday of March
Documents required for field placements:
  1. 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).
  2. Proof of $1,000,000 profession liability insurance.
  3. Signed felony statement.
 
Step Three Acceptance (Into ACCK's Adaptive 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 and Internship Placement:
 
Application for clinical or internship is made in the semester prior to the planned clinical or internship.

Application Deadline:
  • 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