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Master's in High Incidence Disabilities Online

The online Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) in Special Education and an emphasis on High Incidence Disabilities prepares you to engage compassionately and expertly with students who have mild-to-moderate special education needs, including learning disabilities, behavior disorders, intellectual disabilities, and autism. This high-incidence disabilities program is designed to prepare graduates to work in classrooms designated as cross-categorical, multi-categorical, mild/moderate and/or adaptive. Led by faculty who are demonstrated leaders in the field, this practitioner-focused program will equip you to apply current best practices and methodologies directly to real-world situations.

Program Tracks

We offer three tracks for this program:

Master’s: Teacher Track includes practica for classroom educators who intend to acquire an endorsement or license to teach special education in a cross-categorical, multi-categorical, mild/moderate or adaptive classroom. The teaching track of this program is designed to prepare graduates to teach special education. To teach that subject matter in certain states, qualified special educators may need an initial general education teaching license, to which they add an endorsement in special education. This program, which meets Kansas endorsement standards, may qualify graduates to obtain a special education endorsement in other states as well. In addition, in states that accept a special education credential as a basis to issue an initial teaching license, this program may qualify graduates to petition for initial teaching licensure. This depends on the particular requirements of the state.

  • For those seeking master’s-level knowledge and skills to apply in a classroom setting
  • Includes two practica designed to be completed within your existing school environment
  • Best for educators looking to transition to, or start a career in, special education

Master’s: Non-Teacher Track substitutes coursework for practicum requirement with the expectation that participants want to gain knowledge about high-incidence special education, but are not pursuing a teaching license.

  • For those seeking master’s-level knowledge and skills to apply outside of a classroom setting
  • Best for consultants, advocates and administrative or government positions within the field of special education
  • Substitutes two courses in place of the practicum requirement: Foundations of Curriculum & Instruction (C&T 709) and Multicultural Education (C&T 807)

Endorsement-Only Track includes the coursework for licensed educators who intend to add a subject-matter endorsement to their credentials, but does not include the graduate course requirements of a master's degree. Disclosure information about the U.S. Department of Education Gainful Employment Program can be seen here.

  • For those seeking master’s-level knowledge and skills, but who already have, or do not require a master’s degree
  • Best for currently licensed teachers in states where additional endorsement in Special Education is required
  • Removes one course (EPSY 715) and Master’s Project (SPED 898)

The teaching track of this program is designed to prepare graduates to teach special education. To teach that subject matter in certain states, qualified special educators may need an INITIAL, general education teaching license, to which they add an endorsement in special education. This program, which meets Kansas endorsement standards, may qualify graduates to obtain a special education endorsement in other states as well. In addition, in states that accept a special education credential as a basis to issue an INITIAL teaching license, this program may qualify graduates to petition for initial teaching licensure. This depends on the particular requirements of the state.

No program can guarantee licensure. It is each student’s responsibility to determine the licensure requirements in his or her state and to apply for the licenses or endorsements necessary to his or her career goals. Our department staff and Licensure Officer can provide individual support during the application process to help you understand your state’s requirements.

Important Dates

Aug
03
Application Deadline

August 3

Aug
20
Next Start

August 20

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  2. Retrieved on January 9, 2018, from usnews.com/education/online-education/university-of-kansas-155317