The master’s in low incidence disabilities* at the University of Kansas prepares aspiring special education teachers to meet the educational needs of students with extensive and pervasive support needs through an inclusive education that seeks and builds upon student strengths, preferences, values, and beliefs. These students have historically been designated as having significant cognitive disability or multiple disabilities, including students with autism with concurrent cognitive, sensory and physical support needs. Through real-world experiences in classrooms and other service delivery models, graduates gain knowledge of strategies to support the learning, curricular and developmental needs of students with extensive and pervasive support needs using an inclusive, strengths-based approach.
Career Outcomes in Low Incidence Disabilities
Students pursue a master’s in low incidence disabilities at KU with varying career goals in mind. The degree prepares graduates to apply the most current knowledge and skills in the field of low incidence disabilities. Graduates of the program will have achieved both a master’s degree in low incidence disabilities and will also have satisfied the requirements to pursue a licensure endorsement in low incidence disabilities in Kansas. Potential position titles after graduation could include:
- Special education teacher
- Program specialist
- Instructional Coach
- Instructional Consultant
- Inclusion Specialist
- Itinerant teacher
*This program is a Master of Science in Education degree in special education with an emphasis in low incidence disabilities. The program also satisfies the requirements to pursue a licensure endorsement in low incidence disabilities in Kansas.
Individuals interested in applying to the graduate certificate in low incidence disabilities are encouraged to apply for Project INSTRUCT. This personnel preparation program offered by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs provides tuition and funding to prepare special education teachers and speech-language pathologists to support students with intellectual and developmental disabilities and complex communication needs in inclusive settings.
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