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Online Master's in High Incidence Disabilities at KU.

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Online Master's in High Incidence Disabilities

As of 2016, 13 percent of all students enrolled in public schools in the U.S. received special education services.1 Many of these students have high incidence disabilities—frequently occurring disabilities such as learning disabilities, emotional and/or behavioral disorders, mild cognitive disabilities, and autism spectrum disorder. While these students receive their educational services across many different environments, they will always benefit from being taught by special education teachers who understand their varied and specific needs as well as trained specialists outside the classroom. If you are seeking to serve students with high incidence disabilities, the University of Kansas School of Education offers online graduate-level degree programs for those pursuing licensure as well as for those who are not.

Become part of a multi-tiered system of support for students needing specially designed instruction.

The online master's in high incidence disabilities* gives you a big-picture view of the history and context of special education in the U.S., along with current best practices and methodologies you can apply right away in your classroom or in one-on-one interactions with students needing specially designed instruction. In particular, you'll learn to support students by collaborating with families, paraeducators and other service providers through Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings.

All coursework and case studies in this program are overseen by the outstanding faculty in the KU Department of Special Education, highly regarded researchers and practitioners in the field of behavioral and learning disabilities. Ours is the #1 graduate special education program in the nation (among public universities), as ranked by U.S. News & World Report,2 reflecting the quality of our students, the education they receive and the caliber of faculty teaching in the department, and our graduates often go on to be respected researchers and educators themselves.

Teacher Track (M.S.E.)

This track* prepares you to seek advanced licensure or endorsement as a special educator teaching students with high incidence disabilities in multiple educational contexts. Students enrolled in the master's program teacher track are required to complete two fieldwork practica that let you apply your coursework to real-world situations, supervised by an expert faculty member in small groups that enable you to have meaningful access to your supervisor's expertise.

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Program Details

  • 11 courses, 8 weeks per course, 33 credit hours
  • Complete in as few as 2 years
  • Accredited under NCATE/CAEP standards
  • Learn from renowned faculty in a department that has set the standard in the research and practice of special education for over 50 years
  • Complete your coursework anytime, anywhere through our innovative online format
  • No GRE required for admission
  • Two required fieldwork practica

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What You'll Learn

This program gives you an overview of special education as it pertains to students with high incidence disabilities. You will learn to assess student knowledge, as well as identify and implement evidence-based practices to increase the success of students with high incidence disabilities, academically as well as behaviorally. You'll also study the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and learn to utilize multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS). All teacher track students will complete two intensive fieldwork practica in which you'll teach children and youth with disabilities in clinical, residential and/or educational settings. Your experiences will culminate in a master's project: an online portfolio demonstrating your professional growth, work completed and reflections on what you've learned.

For more detailed information on the topics covered in this program, view the course listings.

Career Outcomes

Students who complete the teacher track of the online master's in high incidence disabilities program are often licensed teachers who transition to or start a career in special education. Graduates of this program work as specialists, teachers, consultants and resource specialists who support general education teachers in adapting content and learning conditions to better meet the educational needs of students with high incidence disabilities.

*This program is an online Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) degree in special education with an emphasis in high incidence disabilities.

Non-Teacher Track (M.S.E.)

This track* does not prepare you to seek licensure or endorsement, but it does provide knowledge about the education of students with high incidence disabilities that can be useful to consultants, advocates, and those in administrative or government positions within the field of special education but outside of the classroom.

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Program Details

  • 11 courses, 8 weeks per course, 33 credit hours
  • Complete in as few as 2 years
  • Learn from renowned faculty in a department that has set the standard in the research and practice of special education for over 50 years
  • Complete your coursework anytime, anywhere through our innovative online format
  • No GRE required for admission

View Admissions Requirements

What You'll Learn

This program gives you an overview of the education of students with high incidence disabilities. You will learn to assess student knowledge as well as identify and implement evidence-based practices to increase the success of students with high incidence disabilities, academically as well as behaviorally. You will also study the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and learn to utilize multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS). Your experiences will culminate in a master's project: an online portfolio demonstrating your professional growth, work completed and reflections on what you've learned.

For more detailed information on the topics covered in this program, view the course listings.

Career Outcomes

Students who complete the non-teacher track of the online master's in high incidence disabilities program use their knowledge and skills to support students with high incidence disabilities outside of the classroom. These individuals often pursue or begin careers in the field of special education as consultants, advocates, administrators or government specialists.

*This program is an online Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) degree in special education with an emphasis in high incidence disabilities. It does not lead to initial nor advanced licensure in special education in the state of Kansas.

Licensure Endorsement-Only Track

The licensure endorsement-only track* prepares you to add a high-incidence disabilities endorsement to your existing license. Students enrolled in the licensure endorsement-only track are required to complete two fieldwork practica that let you apply your coursework to real-world situations, supervised by an expert faculty member. Disclosure information about the U.S. Department of Education Gainful Employment can be seen here (24 credits) and here (27 credits.)

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Program Details

  • 9 courses, 8 weeks per course, 27 credit hours
  • Complete in as few as 2 years
  • Accredited under NCATE/CAEP standards
  • Learn from world-renowned faculty in a department that has set the standard in the research and practice of special education for over 50 years
  • Complete your coursework anytime, anywhere through our innovative online format
  • No GRE required for admission
  • Two required fieldwork practica

View Admissions Requirements

What You'll Learn

This program gives you an overview of the education of students with high incidence disabilities. You will learn to assess student knowledge as well as identify and implement evidence-based practices to increase the success of students with high incidence disabilities, academically as well as behaviorally. You will also study the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and learn to utilize multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS).

For more detailed information on the topics covered in this program, view the course listings.

Career Outcomes

Students who complete the licensure endorsement-only track in high incidence disabilities are current teachers seeking a subject-matter licensure endorsement for their credentials so that they can transition to a career in special education. Graduates of this program work as specialists, teachers, consultants and resource specialists who support general education teachers in adapting content and learning conditions to better meet the educational needs of students with high incidence disabilities.

*This online academic program satisfies the requirements for the licensure endorsement in special education in the state of Kansas, but does not fulfill the requirements needed to complete a master's degree.

Note: In order to enroll in any of these programs, a bachelor's degree is required. 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

Apr
26
Application Deadline

April 26
Summer 2019 Term

May
13
Next Start

May 13
Summer 2019 Term

Aug
09
Application Deadline

August 9
Fall 2019 Term

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Sources:

  1. Retrieved on October 8, 2018, from nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/indicator_cgg.asp
  2. Retrieved on March 19, 2019, from usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/university-of-kansas-155317/overall-rankings