MNU Announces Adaptive Special Education Master’s with Virtual Attendance Option
OLATHE, KAN. – Today’s classroom includes students diagnosed with a wide variety of mild to moderate disabilities. Whether they face learning, mental, emotional, or physical challenges, the number of teachers needed to meet this educational demand is expected to grow by 17% by 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Starting this fall, today’s educational professional can develop the leadership and expertise to meet those needs through MNU’s new Master of Education in Adaptive Special Education.
The program follows MNU’s signature professional and graduate format, which allows students to attend class just one night a week and complete their degree in 18 months. Program leaders say Adaptive Special Education will feature a new option: the ability to attend the program virtually. Unlike traditional online classes, students in the virtual classroom (who are at least 45 miles from the Olathe campus) will be able to attend in another location, in real time, through Adobe Connect.
“This technology allows the student to ask questions and participate during the class time,” says Dr. Neil Friesland, program coordinator. “The learning experience will be very interactive no matter where they are.”
Planning to launch the first classes in September 2013, organizers say students will be able to earn special education certification at the elementary, middle school, high school, or K-12 levels.
“We’ve developed courses based on the Kansas Department of Education’s Adaptive Special Education standards and the Council of Exceptional Children professional standards,” Friesland says. “This curriculum prepares teachers with the expertise they’ll need to provide effective instruction to students with special needs.”