Master’s in Low Incidence Disabilities at KU

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Program Overview

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.

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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.

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Department of Special Education
University of Kansas
School of Education and Human Sciences
Joseph R. Pearson Hall , Room 521
1122 West Campus Rd.
Lawrence , Kansas 66045-3101

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