Adaptive Special Ed Master’s now at MNU

Submitted by MNU

Today’s school room 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 percent through 2020 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Today’s educational professional can develop the leadership and expertise to meet these needs through MNU’s new Master of Education in Adaptive Special Education, starting this fall.

The program follows MNU’s popular education model allowing students to attend class just one night a week and complete a graduate degree in 18 months. Program leaders say Adaptive Special Education will feature a new option; the ability to attend the program virtually. In the virtual classroom, unlike traditional online classes, students 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 of this year, organizers say students will be able to earn special education certification in elementary, middle school, high school or K-12.
“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.”
For more information about MNU’s Adaptive Special Education program, visit


Lego Club meeting April 10

The LEGO Club for youngsters in kindergarten through fifth-grade, will meet at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 10, at the Indian Creek Branch of the Olathe Public Library.

To register go to or call 913-971-6874.

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