Low-Incidence Disabilities

Admission to Master's Degree at KU

The University of Kansas is a great place to pursue a graduate degree because graduate education is central to KU’s mission of learning, scholarship, and creative activity.  This Master’s degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Low-Incidence Disabilities is available for special education professionals at the main campus in Lawrence, Kansas. Courses and fieldwork are designed to align with professional schedules and provide opportunities to apply learning in current classroom(s). If you are choosing to pursue a graduate program in special education with an emphasis in Low-Incidence Disabilities, you must hold a valid initial teaching license. Individuals pursuing non-teaching careers can be accepted as non-teaching graduate students, but must hold bachelor's degrees and have appropriate experience in related fields.

Individuals interested in applying to the Master's degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Low-Incidence Disabilities are encouraged to apply for KU-SOARS (Strengthening Outcomes for All Students in Regular Settings) scholarship funding available through the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs. The mission of the student scholarship program is to ensure that students with severe disabilities have the opportunity to experience an inclusive education by preparing teacher scholars in high-quality, inclusive assessment, planning, teaching, and collaboration skills. 

Application Deadlines for the Master's Degree in Low-Incidence Disabilities

Domestic Applicants
Apply before June 1 to begin in the Fall semester
Apply before December 15 to begin in the Spring semester
Apply before March 15 to begin in the Summer semester

International Applicants
Apply before May 1 to begin in the Fall semester
Apply before November 21 to begin in the Spring semester
Apply before February 15 to begin in the Summer semester

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What To Expect After Applying

Approximately 2 weeks after applying online, you will be able check your "application status" to see what materials have been submitted and what application documents have not been received. If you have questions or concerns regarding the application process, please contact specialeduadm@ku.edu or 785-864-4342.  Please note that until all components of the application have been received, the application will not be considered by the Special Education Department Admissions Committee. Only completed applications received by the deadlines will be considered.

Master's Program Review Procedure

Completed applications are reviewed monthly up to the application deadline. Once a recommendation (admit/do not admit) has been made by the Department of Special Education Admission Committee, you will be notified by e-mail.  It is critical that you provide a current, valid e-mail address. Official notification of admission to the University of Kansas will be sent to you directly via email from the Office of Graduate Studies. Applicants will be required to accept or deny admission in the decision portal. If the committee has recommended admission, the Special Education Department will also include the name of your primary advisor in your e-mail, along with contact information. If you are an international applicant, we strongly encouraged you to complete the application process well in advance of these deadlines, in order to ensure adequate time for processing of visa-related materials.

Begin the program application process online today.


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