Online Special Education Programs at KU

#1 Online Master’s in Special Education

 in the nation1

Multiple Program Offerings

 in autism, leadership and transition; master's degrees, graduate certificates and licensure endorsements are available

Setting the Standard

 KU has been educating special education professionals for over 50 years

The University of Kansas online special education programs help guide educators who support students with disabilities as they work to achieve their full potential. They are leaders and advocates—educators, other professionals and family members—who must understand the unique abilities and needs of persons with disabilities.

Online graduate study through the University of Kansas School of Education and Human Sciences can prepare you to enter or advance your career in this in-demand field. Our online Master’s in Special Education has been ranked No. 1 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report,1 and in this department you'll learn from faculty members who are internationally acclaimed as academics and educators who adeptly balance research, policy and practice. Through applied experiences and case-based learning, build a toolkit of special education resources and techniques with true real-world application that will help you make a difference in the lives of students with disabilities, their families and others.

Gain the foundational and advanced knowledge and skills you need to serve students identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Which online graduate program in ASD is right for you?

  1. I want a master's degree to focus my professional career as a specialized ASD educator or service professional. Explore the online master's in ASD
  2. I already have a master's degree or am not ready for a full master's program, but I want to be better equipped to work with children with ASD in my current career or as an advocate. Explore the online graduate certificate in ASD

Admission Requirements

Review the necessary admissions requirements for a graduate program from the Department of Special Education.

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Financial Aid Options

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Explore Our Online Experience

Discover how students collaborate and develop their professional potential through our online classroom.
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Application Deadline
August 5
Fall 2022 Term
Next Start
August 22
Fall 2022 Term


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